Smithsonian CastleCurrently Closed
- Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington DC, DC, Washington D. C., United States
- Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +1-2026331000
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Garden, Castle, Family And Kids, Architecture
Smithsonian Castle - Review
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.
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 reach Smithsonian Castle by Public Transport
- Jefferson Drive SW
Restaurants Near Smithsonian Castle
- Smithsonian Metro
- Fogo de Chao
- Paul Bakery and Cafe
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Things to Know Before Visiting Smithsonian Castle
50.48% of people who visit Washington D. C. include Smithsonian Castle in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
48.83% of people start their Smithsonian Castle visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Smithsonian Castle
81.55% of people prefer walking in order to reach Smithsonian Castle
Smithsonian Castle Trips
Smithsonian Castle, Washington D. C. Reviews
The Smithsonian Institution Building is also referred to as the Smithsonian Castle (free entry) and is a registered National Landmark building in the United States. Opening hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm daily. Opened in 1855, the Castle has one of the most interesting exteriors of any building along The Mall, being made of red sandstone and featuring an attractive blend of Romanesque, Norman and Gothic Revival architectural styles. The building is beautiful and worth viewing from all sides. Within the Smithsonian Institution building, visitors will find general information regarding all Smithsonian museums and venues, a small cafe and an exhibition area where you can learn about Englishman James Smithsonian, who bequeathed his property and various collections to the United States of America in 1826, allowing the young nation to establish the museum and institution in his name. The highlight of visits to the Smithsonian for me personally is the Gothic Revival style West Wing (The Commons), which does well to resemble medieval period church and museum buildings like what you might have visited in Europe during your travels. The Commons is an atmospheric exhibition space where you find the permanent collection known as the American Treasures, a eclectic display of items which provide visitors with a taste of what can be seen and experienced within the full collection of Smithsonian Museums here in D.C. In the end, the Smithsonian Institute is very much worth a quick visit if you are spending time along The Mall and plan to be this particular area. You can view the exhibitions here in as little as 20-30 minutes and spend a similar amount of time just enjoying the delightful architecture of the building within and from the outside. Note: there are several attractive gardens which surround the Smithsonian Institute buildings as well. These make for peaceful and relaxing places to rest your feet if you have been sightseeing for a few hours and need a break.
This place looks awesome from the outside, but you won't miss much if you don't go in. There it's a good place inside to help you plan out visits to the other Smithsonian locations (if you don't have access to the websites or Google maps). The small snack bar is pricey, a small bottle of water is nearly $4... Stick to the street vendors selling the same thing for $1. Again, nothing lost if you just take a picture of the building while walking past.
Visitor center…Amazing architecture, looks totally diff in zones of same boring buildings This castle is basically a welcome visitor center. Almost all the museums are free in DC and when I tried to find out why I got to know, it was James Smithson who was a British scientist who left his estate to the United States to found “at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Few art pieces are kept here but this is more of the visitor center and information center guys are great. James gave me all kind of information I needed. There is one big DC map replica lighten with led and you can give your destination on computer screens and it ll show you how you can go there from the castle. it was cool. I also tried to mint Abraham Lincoln coin at one of the kiosks. There is one mosaic kiosk, where you can get you to photo in a mosaic way and email to your ID. Security will check all your bags at all entrances and guards are everywhere in each room. They are friendly and helpful. The building was superb, red stone, architecture was great. Behind this building, there is the Arts and Industries Building which is closed now. All museum comes under Smithsonian Institution and they are the one who maintains it.
Very cool castle to stop by and visit. This is one of my favorite buildings in DC - the architecture is phenomenal, the gardens around it are amazing, and there are cool artifacts inside.
The Smithsonian Castle is well worth a visit, especially for a newcomer to the National Mall. An eclectic series of small exhibits and history of the Smithsonian itself, as well as a (relatively new!) interactive map of the Mall that's very neat.