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They are open 364 days a year and everyone has a standing invitation to visit anytime. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex with 16 museums and galleries, plus the National Zoo.

While the impressive monuments, touching memorials, and government buildings are major Washington D.C. attractions, there is also so much to see in the Smithsonian Museums, located on the National Mall.

The Smithsonian Castle is a great place to start your visit. The Castle is the Institution’s original home and the easiest landmark to find on the National Mall. Inside you will find information specialists who will help you plan your visit.

They offer free brochures, scale models of the museums, and electronic wall

maps of the city of Washington. It is always a good idea to stop by the Castle because some programs, events, and exhibitions at the Smithsonian are subject to change.

The Ripley Center is a copper domed building located in the heart of the Mall. The Ripley Center contains some of the Smithsonian’s administrative offices, as well as a small conference center and meeting rooms. It has several exhibits and programs open to the public, including: The International Gallery, The Smithsonian Without Walls program, and The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services. READ MORE


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