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The Smithsonian Castle: Gateway to Museums & History

Brit benefactor and an American castle For a man who never set foot in Washington, DC, French-born, British-raised James Smithson has had a huge impact on the city. The British scientist (1765-1829), an illegitimate son of a Duke, left his considerable fortune to a nephew with the stipulation that...

Smithsonian Castle
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center , 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

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Fly High at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

All about the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Opened in 2003, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center serves as a partner facility to the National Air and Space Museum . The two locations together attract 8 million visitors per year, making the National Air and Space complex the most popular museum in the...

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
11 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, multiple-day celebration of international cultures. The 2016 edition (June 29 – July 4, July 7-10) features two themes: Basque: Innovation By Culture and Sounds of California . Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
10 Things You Need to Know About the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, history-making addition to the National Mall . Here’s what you can expect from this architectural marvel located on America’s front yard. Timed entry passes to the museum are available at bit.ly/nmaahctix .

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Institution Museums

Museums farther than the eye can see Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, as well as the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

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Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Shining a lens on urban life, the Anacostia Community Museum examines, documents and interprets the impact of historical and contemporary social issues on communities. However, the museum didn’t always focus on global communities, as the museum owes its roots to Anacostia’s local African American...

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
WONDER at the Renwick Gallery

What do you get when you give nine exceedingly talented artists an entire room to use as their canvas? That was the question posed by the Smithsonian American Art Museum . The answer: WONDER , the debut exhibition at the newly renovated Renwick Gallery , the American Art Museum’s free-to-enter home...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

A museum that goes above and beyond Glimpse the 1903 Wright Flyer, run your hands over moon rock and experience the larger-than-life world of aviation and space travel at the National Air and Space Museum . Since opening on the National Mall in 1976, this hub of all things flight has educated and...

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Visiting the Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Quick Note: The Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery’s sister museum, is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around town. The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M...

The Freer & Sackler Galleries - Washington, DC