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Smithsonian Institution (The Castle)


Smithsonian Institution (The Castle)

1000 Jefferson Drive, Washington, 20013-7012, DC

This museum, the largest of its kind in the world, is comprised of 19 specialty museums whose subjects include African Art, Natural History, American History, Air and Space, and Arts and Industries, along with a slew of different art galleries, gardens and even its own zoo!

The average family could most likely spend a week wandering throughout the buildings and still not see the entirety of what the Smithsonian Institution has to offer. And while you may not get to see everything on your first go around, your children will have an absolute blast, and are sure to learn more than they — and you — ever thought possible. Give this one at least a full day on your itinerary.

Popular Smithsonian museums include the National Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo.

Recent Traveler Reviews

Needs Improvement - Underperforms Expectations

by Joseph M

The Castle is a great building, in a great location, representing a great institution. From the street, you've seen its best part. Inside, the displays are weak and random. My suggestion to...
The Castle outstanding example of Architecture

by Bob C

Grand outside display visitor center inside tables to sit at shopping, Not a lot to see on the inside but still take a tour great history to hear. A must see in DC.