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“Best value museum in the world” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Smithsonian Institution Building

Smithsonian Institution Building
Book In Advance
US$ 75.00*
and up
Washington DC Legend Daytime Comprehensive Tour
Ranked #34 of 410 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 older children, Activities for young children
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Best value museum in the world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Has everything, and is free. What more can you ask for.

Visited July 2012
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Excellent space exhibits.Wonderful to see the lunar module & moon landing vehicle.

Visited May 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“If it weren't for the crowds...”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2012
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West Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Must see if in D.C.”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited September 2011
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Petaluma, California
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“Smithsonian of American History”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2012
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