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This beautiful building was the first major museum on the mall, built as the National Museum in 1881 to house the Smithsonian's earliest collections.
This beautiful building was the first major museum on the mall, built as the National Museum in 1881 to house the Smithsonian's earliest collections. The collections have since been moved to the Natural History and American History museums, but the building still does host occasional exhibits (and serves as office space for the Smithsonian). Currently closed for renovation.
900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC
+1 202 633-100
Stretching over 2 miles in the east-west direction on the banks of the Potomac River, the National Mall is the most visited national park in the USA
The Smithsonian Castle is a distinctive red sandstone building that is home to the home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center which presents an overview of the Smithsonian system as well as occasional exhibitions
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The real show stoppers here are the gargantuan, complete dinosaur fossils, and you won't have to search to find them! Further into the museum you'll find displays of world cultures, meteorites, mineral samples, and the evolution of life from beginnings to today
A much smaller museum of art than the massive NGA and Hirshhorn museums, but it is excellently exhibited, and extremely family-friendly, with daily events and programs for kids
Asia is a rather large place, and a tour through these Asian Art museums is a bit like a travel from Japan to Turkey
The National Archives preserves documents of national and historical importance such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, an original version of the 1297 Magna Carta, Articles of Confederation, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, the Emancipation Proclamation, declassified top secret documents related to the Cold War, and collections of photography and other historically and culturally significant American artifacts
The United States Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue NW is an open-air monument that honors those who have served and are currently serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Air and Space Museum houses the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world and is one of the most visited museums in the world
The staggering depth and breadth of the world-class collections here are a clear testament to U