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Keep in mind that unfortunatelly all wonderful and free attractions in Washington, DC close early or very early. Why? Maybe the federal or rather DC labour law doesn't allow to employee workers for longer than, say 8 hours, a day. Or maybe simply it costs too much. Additionally to visit at least Bureau of Engraving & Printing, the Capitol (guided tour) and the Washington Monument you have to buy a ticket early at the day of your visit because they are shortly sold out and it's impossible to buy a ticket for the next day.
Smithsonian museums are mostly open daily, 10am-5:30 pm, except December 25. But for example Bureau of Engraving & Printing closes at 2.00 pm. This is probably so they can do their work. When a business offers tours it disrupts the regular flow of work so tour hours are usually limited. The world's most unique hours are in cafeteria and snack bar in the ground floor of the Supreme Court: they close and open and again close it almost every hour till 2.00 pm or 3.30 pm :-). All museums and federal buidings are closed during the red antiterrorist alert but museums stay open during the orange alert. Anyway, each museum or federal building may be immediately closed for security reasons. But has it ever happened?
Georgetown Visitor's Center (GVC) has no opening hours but large advertisement GVC welcomes you. It was closed at about 7 pm on business day and there were no hours displayed (???).
The Smithsonian Information Center is in the castle is open daily 8.30 am - 5.30 pm.
Phone: +1 (202) 633 1000
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