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Smithsonian Castle

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

1000 Jefferson Drive SW
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Overall Experience: 4 / 10
Date Visited: Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Smithsonian Castle was the original home of the Smithsonian Institution. Now that the Smithsonian has grown so much, the Castle has turned into a museum about the Smithsonian museums. The museum has some history about the Smithsonian, and a small collection of artifacts from each of its other museums. There is also a wood "map" of Washington DC that shows the location of the museum buildings in relation to the rest of the city.

The Castle serves as a "visitor information" area for the Smithsonian museums, as well as member services (if you are a member of the Smithsonian). There are a couple guided tours of the Castle, but there's not that much to see.


Like all Smithsonian museums, entrance to the Smithsonian Castle is free.

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There really isn't all that much to see here. When we were visiting, they had a special exhibit showing some of the architectural concepts for a new museum building that was going to be built. Otherwise, there is just one small room with exhibits from other museums. Expect to spent 15-30 minutes here.

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