Smithsonian Institution Building

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The Smithsonian Institution Building, also known as 'The Castle', is a landmark building located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. It was a designated National Historic Landmark in 1965.

Designed by architect James Renwick Jr. in the Gothic Revival style. The building was made of red sandstone quarried from Seneca Creek, Maryland. It features many architectural details, such as turrets, battlements, and flying buttresses, which give it a medieval appearance.

The Smithsonian Castle serves as the headquarters for the administrative offices of the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, it is home to the main Smithsonian visitor center, which features engaging interactive displays and maps.

Things to do at Smithsonian Institution Building

Visit the information center: The information center provides visitors with maps, brochures, and information about all of the Smithsonian museums.

Visit the exhibits: The Castle has several exhibits on display, including the Smithsonian's original collection of objects, as well as exhibits on the history of the institution.

Explore the gardens: The Castle's Enid A. Haupt Garden is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the city, with fountains, flowers, and a variety of plant species.

Shop for souvenirs: The Castle has a gift shop where you can purchase Smithsonian-related items, including books, jewelry, and clothing.

Take a break: The Castle has a cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the beautiful surroundings.

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Address of Smithsonian Institution Building

1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Opening & Closing time of Smithsonian Institution Building

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