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Smithsonian Institute: Museums to Enrich Your Mind

Comprised of 19 museums, art galleries and cultural attractions, the Smithsonian Institute is the largest museum and research complex in the world. The Smithsonian in Washington, DC has been inspiring generations through discovery and learning for over 170 years. See world-class attractions and an array of exhibits, ranging from the Apollo lunar landing module to 3 billion-year-old fossils. Get a close-up view of over 154 million fascinating objects, including scientific specimens, cultural exhibits, famous works of art and one-of-a-kind historical artifacts. Eleven of the museums are located in the National Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, the American History Museum, the National Zoo and the American Art Museum.


Hours - 

Most museums are open daily from 10:30 am - 5:30 am regular hours / 10:00 am - 7:30 pm summer hours

Prices -

Free of charge


  • Tours
  • Wonderplace
  • Nature Cubs Class
  • Spotlight: Cherry Blossoms
  • Gallery Talks
  • Spark!Lab


  • Air and Space Museum
  • American Art Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Zoo
  • Natural History Museum
  • Hirshhorn Museum 
  • Smithsonian IMAX® Theaters
  • Albert Einstein Planetarium
  • African Art Museum


  • What’s the best way to get to the museums?

    The Smithsonian Information Center is located at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC. Ten of the Smithsonian museums span a 1-mile area from 14th to 3rd Streets between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue. Most museums are within walking or biking distance of each other on or near the National Mall. All are accessible by public transit, which you can catch near the hotel. 
  • Is there dining at the Museums?

    Absolutely. There are a wide variety of food carts, cafes, and even multiple food courts on property.  Pick up quick bites on the National Mall side of the Air and Space, American History, and Natural History museums, and the Smithsonian Castle. Enjoy casual fare at the Courtyard Cafe, Sweet Home Cafe, McDonald's, Jazz Cafe and many others sprinkled throughout the museums.


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