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Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

History Museum · Southwest Washington
1000 Jefferson Dr SW (btwn 9th & 12th St SW), Washington, D.C. 20560, United States
Closed until 8:30 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 8:30 AM–5:30 PM
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Home to the Smithsonian Information Center as well as the Institution’s administrative headquarters.


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    Calvin W.
    "This is, obviously, a good starting point for the national mall."(2 Tips)
    Hilsdon Photography LLC
    "Beautiful gardens to sit and read a book in the morning."(8 Tips)
    Russ A.
    "Awesome architecture."(4 Tips)
    DC Preservation League
    "National Historic Landmark."(2 Tips)
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  • Savannah S.

    I was holding my phone and my selfie stick...(I wasn't planning to take a picture)and this man told me "you need to put that selfies!" Then he wouldn't let me go into a certain part.🙄

    Savannah Smith · 2 weeks ago
  • Wrigley F.

    Closed since 2004, Arts and Industries building still doesn't have enough funding to re-open.

    Wrigley Fielder · October 23
  • Holly S.

    Beautiful gardens! Loved it

    Holly Spencer-Dunn · August 27
  • Emily B.

    Love the gardens

    Emily Boulger · August 1
  • Lydia S.

    Cool building! Gives you cool information about the museums and helpful tips!

  • Biz T.

    Awesome place in DC

    Biz Traveldude · May 28
  • Aaron S.

    Start here for your smithsonian visit but nothing to see. Just administrative offices. Expensive food. Skip it.

    Aaron Smith · May 13
  • Nicole S.

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    Nicole Settle · April 23
  • John C.

    The building itself is an attraction. Make sure to at least stop by the lobby

    John Cockerill · April 13
  • loran j.

    This is worth an hour at the beginning of your Smithsonian day. Maps for planning and they have some good items on display

    loran jonak · April 1
  • Norie W.

    Good snacks for a stop while touring DC.

    Norie Wright · March 22
  • Markus T.

    The building itself is eye-catching, and is on the mall, which is a pretty central location for the history lovers! Go inside! This museum provides a good amount of history for museum buffs!

    Markus Tarjamo · December 14, 2014
  • Jon S.

    Washington DC

    Jon Silvestri · November 8, 2014
  • Claudio P.

    A nice piece of architecture

    Claudio Palmas · October 12, 2014
  • Andrea C.

    Good place to stop for a bathroom break on the mall.

    Andrea C · August 19, 2014
  • Ros47 D.

    The claim to be one of the premier scientific and educational facilities on this planet is called into question by lack of ABBA exhibit. Earth will never get into Intergalactic Council this way.

    Ros47 Delta · August 15, 2014
  • Dirty B.

    You might as well pop in and see it

    Dirty Bird · August 9, 2014
  • Russ A.

    Awesome architecture.

    Russ A · August 8, 2014
  • Richard R.

    A wonderful piece of history!

    Richard Reynolds · August 6, 2014
  • Manuel P.

    I really love to know everything about history and it is the best place to do

    Manuel Padilla · July 20, 2014
  • Bridget G.

    Great souvenir exhibits!

    Bridget Griffin · June 25, 2014
  • Mike K.

    Lots of cool stuff to see and learn. Its probably a whole day event.

    Mike Karoki · April 21, 2014
  • Plaza S.

    Fantastic place! You can see a photo of Yuri Gagarin's Space Suit on PlazaScience, the social network for people who likes science and photography Read more

    Plaza Science · March 19, 2014
  • AZ

    Must go: Hope Diamond, Level 2. Beautiful diamonds there.

    AZ · December 29, 2013
  • kathleen w.

    Found some stocking stuffers for the grand children for 2013!

    kathleen watson · December 1, 2013
  • Ross G.

    Make sure to check out the manicured garden on the Constitution Ave side of the building.

    Ross Guthrie · September 7, 2013
  • Aprendiz d.

    The gardens on the back are perfect for pictures!

    Aprendiz de Viajante · July 21, 2013
  • Raj M.

    It is a great resource to begin the various museum visits. There are multiple smithsonian museums so be sure to grab a handy map from the info center located in the smithsonian castle.

    Raj Mukherjee · July 8, 2013
  • Sheri C.

    You have to check out the architector, WOW.

    Sheri Carbone · July 6, 2013
  • Brent B.

    The visits are never long enough, and the memories last forever! What a cool collection of history.

    Brent Beeman · July 4, 2013
  • ToryBurch

    The world’s largest museum, The Smithsonian consists of 19 smaller museums and galleries and the National Zoo.

    ToryBurch · June 26, 2013
  • Stephen P.

    Don't come here for value for money lunch.

    Stephen Pang · June 17, 2013
  • Aaron B.

    The turkey sandwich goes hard!!!

    Aaron Blackmon · June 9, 2013
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    Originally to be constructed of white marble like similar DC bldgs but too costly. Founder James Smithson's tomb moved here upon being retrieved by Alexander Graham Bell in 1904.Full history via<LINK> Read more

    IWalked Audio Tours · May 27, 2013
  • Markus v.

    Beautiful architecture and, if you're tired of Starbucks, there's a nice little cafe with a good atmosphere on the first floor...

    Markus von Steinfort · May 9, 2013
  • Shannon M.

    This building has indoor seating to give your feet a break but is just an information center

    Shannon M. · April 24, 2013
  • Kate D.

    Helpful if your a newbie to DC and arn't sure of where to go

    Kate Drafz · February 27, 2013
  • B. G.

    Friendly people , gorgeous place

    B. Gold · January 16, 2013
  • Tim I.

    $10 for a mediocre sandwich, and $3 for a fountain drink in the cafe. Be prepared to take out a loan to eat there. .

    Tim Isaacs · December 8, 2012
  • James H.

    The gardens open early, so take advantage of the peace and quite before the crowds arrive :)

    James Hilsdon · August 19, 2012
  • Hilsdon Photography LLC

    Beautiful gardens to sit and read a book in the morning. Nice and peaceful, with some really quiet corners.

    Hilsdon Photography LLC · August 19, 2012
  • Julie C.

    Great place to make a pit stop if your in the area and there's things to see too.

    Julie Ching · August 18, 2012
  • Smithsonian

    Our guides at the visitors desk can help you plan your visit. See a sampling of what each museum has to offer in the Commons and then take off with our mobile app as your guide (

    Smithsonian · June 7, 2012
  • Marc Kevin H.

    The staff is exceptionally friendly. Two points of interest: the tomb of the Institution's founder, and a gallery with sample exhibits.

    Marc Kevin Hall · June 4, 2012
  • Starlet S.

    Has a room that shows you some artifacts from each surrounding Smithsonian Museum, so you can get a preview of each museum in case you're unsure of which one to visit first.

    Starlet Smith · June 3, 2012
  • Tamela

    Check out the Hockey Team gear from "Miracle"!

    Tamela · May 24, 2012
  • Stanley G.

    Make sure to explore the gardens

    Stanley Greidinger · May 22, 2012
  • Ashley C.

    Great place to start when visiting the smithsonian buildings. Not very crowded on the day we came. Nice place to sit and cool off. They even have a panda cam from the zoo.

    Ashley Cook · May 15, 2012
  • Nita S.

    Make sure to snap a picture of the Washington, DC physical mini map. It's quite cool.

    Nita Sin · April 30, 2012
  • Teri C.

    Don't miss Pluto. Whether its a planet or not...

    Teri Centner · April 27, 2012

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