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History, science, art and culture live at these Washington, DC museums and sites.

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian Institution? Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, including the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC
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...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

Planning your visit to the Natural History Museum The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opened in 1910 to invoke discovery and education of the natural world. Its green dome and immense size (comparable to 18 football fields) are signatures, as well as the 140 million-plus natural...

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Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and where is it? 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,...

Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

Reopening and Safety Guidelines Currently, the museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center and the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe are closed for the time being. Please note t he museum's safety guidelines as you plan your visit: All visitors to...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, historic artifacts...

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Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Welcome back to the Zoo The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is opening its doors and welcoming visitors with new safety guidelines in place. There are two options for passes to the zoo: a free timed entry pass or a paid parking pass. All passes to get into the zoo must be reserved online beforehand, and...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
Fly High at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Safety & Reopening The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is open with required advanced timed tickets and face masks. Groups larger than six are prohibited. Some artifacts will not be on view due to some planned construction. Food trucks will be...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Museum of American History? The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW and runs along the National Mall . Through research, in-depth exhibits, extensive collections and public outreach, the museum presents America’s history in all of...

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What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

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