Smithsonian

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

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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4 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . Where and what is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History? The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located at...

@aishaslens - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
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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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
Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Although the zoo previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . Smithsonian's National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Please note: The National Air and Space Museum is undergoing a large-scale, multi-year construction project to reimagine the museum. The project is expected to be complete in 2025. During this time, the museum will remain open, but certain exhibits will be closed and collections will be moved to...

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air and Space Museum
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...

@abroadwife - Family at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum - Free museum in Washington, DC
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...

@ray.payys - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC

Safety and Reopening While the museum and plaza remain closed, you can still wander through the whimsical Sculpture Garden, which is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors age six and older are required to wear face coverings. Although entry is free and passes are not required, the number of...

@teamgrayduck - Outside the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden - Free modern art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC