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Smithsonian Museums at DC
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Smithsonian Museums

Explore an incredible collection of Washington DC museums when you visit the Smithsonian Institute, one of the top attractions in the city. A collection of 19 museums and additional galleries and research centers, these museums are centered around the National Mall, just 10 minutes away from our hotel. The most popular museums are The Castle, National Archives, National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. You'll also find easy public transportation between all the famous galleries.


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Family tours, lectures, educational programs, films, animal feedings


  • See the famous Hope Diamond
  • Watch animal feedings at the National Zoo
  • Discover the country's greatest treasures
  • Learn about space, science, history, art & culture

List of Museums

The 19 Smithsonian museums include: The Castle, National Archives Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Air & Space Museum, National American History Museum, National American Indian Museum, National Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery, National Postal Museum, National Museum of African Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Anacostia Community Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Arts and Industries Building, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Building.

Museum Locations

The Washington DC museums are located on either side of the National Mall. You will also find plenty of public transportation between museums located in other neighborhoods, including Chinatown and Union Station.


  • What are the Smithsonian family tours?

    Created for kids ages 8-12, these tours help families to explore the museums. Choose a theme or museum(s) to explore, and get help to discover the best of this incredible institution.
  • How do I get free admission?

    Admission is always free to all of the Smithsonian museums in DC. Just show up!

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