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Smithsonian Museums: Washington DC's Collection of Treasures

One of the most respected collections of museums in the world, the Smithsonian Institute is an inspiring attraction for kids, teens and adults. Comprised of 19 different museums, art galleries and research centers, the Smithsonian collection is centered around the National Mall - and admission is always free. The most popular Smithsonian museums include the National Archives, National Zoo, National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum


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Most all museums are open every day except December 25th

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  • Smithsonian Summer Camps
  • Smithsonian Craft Show
  • Smithsonian Holiday Festival


  • Family tours
  • Educational programs
  • Films
  • Exhibits of art, science, history
  • Animal feedings


  • What's the Best way to get to the Museum's stretch?

    Most of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., span approximately within one mile of each other from 3rd to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue. For quickest transportation means, public transportation is the way to go. Washington's Metrorail subway system and Metrobus are both conveniently located near many Smithsonian museums and are only blocks from the Georgetown Inn hotel.
  • Is there a fee for admission?

    No. Smithsonian museums and the zoo in Washington DC are always free. Supported by taxpayers, these museums are an American treasure that are free to explore.

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Museums under the Smithsonian Branch

There are 18 different branches of the Smithsonian Institution that reside within the DC metro area
  • African American History and Culture Museum

    The most recent of the Smithsonian museums, the AAHS is the only museum in the nation solely devoted to the documentation of African American life, art, history, and culture.
  • African Art Museum

    Including such highlights as The Walt Disney-Tishman African Art Collection, this museum exhibits examples of traditional and contemporary art from the African continent.
  • Air and Space Museum

    Hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts inhibit this museum. Highlights include: 1903 Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, Apollo 11 command module, Hubble Space Telescope test vehicle
  • Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center

    What exhibits are too large to house on the national mall are held here including; Space Shuttle Discovery, B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, Concorde, Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, and Boeing Stratoliner.
  • American Art Museum

    American Artworks - including paintings, sculpture, photographs, folk art, and decorative arts stretching from the colonial period to today
  • American History Museum

    Home to some of America's most prized artifacts including; Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem; Washington's uniform; Jefferson's lap desk; Dorothy's ruby slippers.
  • American Indian Museum

    Housing an extensive collection of historical Native art and cultural objects.
  • Anacostia Community Museum

    Located in the Southeast of DC, this museum exhibits African American history and culture from the 1800s to the present.
  • Arts and Industries Building

    Currently under renovations, the building was original home of the National Museum.
  • Freer Gallery of Art

    One of the world's greatest collections of Asian art, including Chinese paintings, Indian sculpture, Islamic painting and metalware, Japanese lacquer, Korean ceramics, Whistler's Peacock Room.
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

    Contemporary style comes alive within this cylindrical building and sunken sculpture garden. Within the formation include sculptures by Rodin, Matisse, and Moore.
  • National Zoo

    One of the world's most renown zoos, the National Zoological Park hosts over 2000 animals from over 400 different species including giant pandas, great apes, big cats, Asian elephants, exotic birds, and more.
  • Natural History Museum

    One of the more popular branches of the Smithsonian, the museum features ancient and modern mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and sea creatures. Current exhibits include: Dinosaurs; history and culture of Africa; Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals; Hope diamond; Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals; Sant Ocean Hall; David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins; Butterfly Pavilion.
  • Portrait Gallery

    Spanning from pre-colonial times to the modern age covering some of the most impactful figures the gallery features anything from poets to presidents visionaries to villains. The gallery also hosts the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House.
  • Postal Museum

    Devoted to the history of America's mail service and the hobby of stamp collecting. Highlights include; three vintage mail planes; stagecoach; 1931 Ford Model A postal truck; replica of a railway car; letters; updated exhibition on the Pony Express; special exhibits of rare and important stamps.
  • Renwick Gallery

    Currently under renovations until 2016, the gallery exhibits American contemporary arts from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Important pieces include: Larry Fuente's Game Fish, and Wendell Castle's Ghost Clock.
  • Sackler Gallery

    Features exhibitions of Asian art from ancient times to contemporary including South Asian sculpture, Chinese jades and bronzes, and modern Japanese ceramics.
  • Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle

    Main hub to the Smithsonian branches including the Information Center and Smithsonian headquarters.


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