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“If it weren't for the crowds...”

Smithsonian Institution Building
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Private Guided Tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
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Small Group Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum
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Private Smithsonian Combo Tour: Museum of American History, Air and Space Museum
Ranked #35 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The world's largest museum and research complex is actually comprised of 19 museums and the National Zoo, with subjects that vary from African Art to the postal service, sculpture to space exploration.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 11 July 2012

I must say, no matter how many times I come to DC I enjoy wandering the exhibits of the Smithsonian. I abhor the crowds though! I recommend using safe, clean and Eco-friendly metro to reach your museum destinations. Where comfortable shoes and try to plan breaks. I like to meander so one or two museums per day is generally sufficient.

It really isn't a race, it is a discovery. Try to be patient and wait for breaks in the crowd. If you want to read something, just stand still and read it, but try to angle yourself so you aren't blocking another persons view who just wants to glance and move on. People are usually pretty good about allowing you your space.
Use your map, it is your friend! Try to coordinate any "must see" items on your route so you don't have to back track.

One final tip, come alone if you can or set a regroup location with your party at a set time. That way if you want to read all about the mummies, but your friend loves dinosaurs, no one has to feel obligated to rush their viewing experience. You won't see everything, but that's okay. It just gives you a reason to come back again for another visit.

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

It's the Smithsonian!

More than one building or theme. Take a full day to see just these exhibits. The exhibits rotate. Much of our national treasures are disappointingly NOT on display. But the best Air and Space things are. History does not get more real or in your face than here.

Check ahead to see if there are any planned large demonstrations that may mess up your day and transportation options.

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Best Smithsonian was the American History Museum. We arrived at 9:45am before the doors opened and were the only ones on the second floor for awhile. First lady outfits were a must see.

Thank Kathy C
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

They are all FREE... thank you Mr. Smithson..... American History great, Air & Space great, Natural history really good just a little dull for me, but it depends on what you like.

Thank LawRockaway
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

To see all parts of the Smithsonian, you need more than one day. The air and space part is the best. Cafe at the North American Indian center is VERY expensive.

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