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
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.
- 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.
- Jefferson Drive SW
- Smithsonian Metro
- Fogo de Chao
- Paul Bakery and Cafe
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50.44% 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
Lovely place, opens early in the day. Small cafe and well maintained restrooms are a heaven when walking the national mall with kids before 10am (everything is still closed). Service is excellent and the castle itself is very impressive.
Amazing network of museums! I loved what I was able to see, you definitely can't experience it all in one day. The exhibits and collections were awesome, I definitely want to go back and see more.
Good place to visit especially to see the building. But nothing so special you will see inside there. It can be a good opportunity to learn more about Smithsonian history.
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.