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About Smithsonian Castle, Washington D. C.

The Smithsonian Castle is a beautiful building made of red stone that is sure to be a delightful experience on your trip to Washington. This castle is used as a working headquarters but also serves as a lovely tourist attraction. The building looks like it is straight out of a fairy-tale and has a lovely charm to it. It is worth visiting just to see the old architecture if nothing else.

The green gardens that surround it can be visited on a pleasant afternoon. The interiors of the building are fascinating as well. Be sure to explore the various decorations that make the place so fascinating to the tourists who visit it.

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Smithsonian Castle Information

  • A set number of guided tours of the Smithsonian Castle are offered, contingent upon the accessibility of one of the display centre’s numerous volunteer docents.

How To Get To Smithsonian Castle by Public Transport

  • Jefferson Drive SW

Restaurants Near Smithsonian Castle

  • Smithsonian Metro
  • Fogo de Chao
  • Paul Bakery and Cafe

Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington DC, DC

Phone: +1-2026331000

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Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

Garden, Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture

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  • Personally think the exhibition could be better. But it surely served the purpose of explaining how Smithsonian was formed and developed throughout the years. What's more interesting is the garden. It has some of the rarest flowers and plants from around all over the world. Check out the photos~

  • The original museum. Just a few items remain in a small viewing area. It can be a good place to start, but not much to see.

  • It's a nice place to recharge yourself especially on a hot day. There's a little cafe that also serves wine and specialty coffee, with really wonderful staff. The Smithsonian Castle is a great resource about the Smithsonian museums.

  • Wonderful use of space. Loved the interactive map! Friendly cashier at gift shop!!

  • Great place to visit but just a warning, this is more of a visitor center then a museum. The collection inside it limited but has some good artifacts!

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