The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC

Spending time in the Smithsonian Museum is a must for a family vacations stop in Washington DC.  The Smithsonian consists of 17 museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and 2 museums in New York City.

Visit the Smithsonian Museum Washington DC for a great family vacation

Visit the Smithsonian Museum Washington DC for a great family vacationThe Smithsonian Castle, located at 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW houses the Information Center, and is a good starting point for your tour.  The information center is open daily from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.    The Information Center opens 1.5 hours earlier than the museums.

Our family vacation visits to the Smithsonian have included the National Air and Space Museum, The National Museum of American History,
the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Zoo.  We have tried to plan our visits to only visit one museum per day, and to take breaks throughout the day walking and talking on the National Mall which is just outside the museums….a big part of a kid friendly family vacation.

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Smithsonian Information….


Smithsonian Museum Information Center

Address: 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington DC 20228

Phone:  202-633-1000

Metro Stop: Smithsonian

Ten of the Smithsonian Institute Museums are located in a 1 mile area from 3rd and 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue.

There is no charge to visit any of the Smithsonian Institute Museums.  The Museums open at 10:00 AM daily.

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Choose the Museum that you are going to visit on a particular day.  The museums are less crowded in the early morning, and on weekdays.

Visit the Smithsonian Institute Museum web site for more information.

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