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Discover the fascinating world of art, culture, history, and science at the renowned Smithsonian Institution. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in a world of knowledge and inspiration.
A Guide to D.C.'s Smithsonian Museums - Quick Whit Travel

The Smithsonian. Why do I say "museum institution" and not just "museum"? Because, you may or may not know, the Smithsonian is not just one museum; there are 19 museums across the country. Eleven of these museums are in or near Washington, D.C., so if you're planning a trip to the Nation's Capital, your guide to our Smithsonians is here!

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Known as the Castle, the oldest of the 19 Smithsonian museums houses the Smithsonian Visitor Center, which offers volunteers and interactive tools to help you plan your Smithsonian visit and tours highlighting the history and architecture of the Castle and beyond. You will also find exhibitions revealing the history, scope, and scale of the Smithsonian; the crypt of founding benefactor James Smithson; Castle Café; museum store; and free visitor Wi-Fi. Open daily 8:30 am - 5:30 pm except…