"The Original Smithsonian" Smithsonian Castle Tip by rexvaughan

Smithsonian Castle, Washington D.C.: 54 reviews and 95 photos

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  • Castle Tower - Washington D.C.
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  • Smithson's Tomb - Washington D.C.
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      The Garden
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  • The Great Hall of the Castle - Washington D.C.
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The Smithsonian Castle is a good place to start experiencing the marvels of this great institution. It is the original home of the Smithsonian built in 1865. Interestingly, the funds to found the Institution came from and Englishman, James Smithson for the purpose of ?increasing and diffusing knowledge among men.? I love the old building although not much of the collection can be seen here as the Smithsonian comprises 18 museums and galleries. However, there are interesting displays and information on Smithson and the early construction as well as the Crypt Room where the tomb of Mr. Smithson is housed. The old castle with its irregular shape and series of towers, turrets and spires of red stone make it stand out and, in my opinion, very attractive. Just behind the castle is a lovely 4 acre garden. We got coffee from the little cafe and coffee bar inside and enjoyed sitting on a little terrace overlooking the garden.

Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive S.W.
Directions: Metro Stop: Smithsonian Station.(Mall Exit)
Phone: (202) 357-2700
Website: http://www.si.edu/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 28, 2006
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