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Smithsonian Institution at DC
1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC, 20560 10.8 Miles   |  202-633-1000
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Visit DC's Smithsonian Institution, Museums, National Zoo & art galleries

The largest museum and research complex in the world, the Smithsonian Institution is known as the "Nation's Attic," due to its over 138 million artifacts and pieces of art. The 19 Smithsonian museums are an in-depth exploration into America's history, innovations, culture and art. See the Wright Brothers' original flyer and blast-off past the stars at the National Air and Space Museum. Or, see Lincoln's stove-top hat and other American artifacts at the National Museum of American History. From 18th-century folk art at the American Art Museum to the rare giant pandas of the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution's museums and galleries are must-visit destinations and free to explore.


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10 a.m. - 5: 30 p.m


  • Rotating Exhibits 
  • Lectures & Panels
  • After-Hour Events 


  • Interactive Exhibits 
  • Planetarium 
  • National Zoo
  • Docent-Led Tours
  • Shopping
  • Interactive Kid Activities
  • Dining
  • Flight Simulators 
  • IMAX Theaters 


  • can you take public transportation to the smithsonian?

    Washington, DC boasts one of the best public transportation systems in the world, making it easy for you to visit the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution via the Metro. Many of the museums are located near the National Mall, including the National History Museum, located within a short walk of the Smithsonian/Mall Metro stop. To visit the Air and Space museum, take the Metro to the L'Enfant Plaza/Maryland Ave. stop.
  • does the smithsonian institution offer parking?

    Although the Smithsonian Institution does not manage any parking lots for its museums, there are a number of commercial lots in the vicinity to use. If you're visiting museums near the National Mall, most commercial lots are within a few blocks of these museums. The Smithsonian Institution does manage the parking lot of the National Zoo, which costs a flat fee of $20.

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