Discover America At The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC
Encompassing 19 remarkable museums and attractions, including a castle and a zoo, within greater Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Institution is one America's most popular destinations. Established in 1855, the Smithsonian offers a close-up look into the worlds of science, industry, history, art, and nature. See NASA rockets and historic airplanes at the Air & Space Museum. Discover mammoths and dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History. View artistic masterpieces at the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. And see the giant pandas at the National Zoo. The Smithsonian Institution captures the history and culture of America while offering exciting and educational experiences.
Admission to all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo is free.
The Castle is open daily from 8:30am-5:30pm. Most Smithsonian museums are open daily from 10am-5:30pm, with extended summer hours.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Cherry Blossom Celebration
Living Earth Festival
Exhibits & Exhibitions
Are there gift shops at the museums?
Yes, every Smithsonian Museum location offers at least one gift shop featuring books, clothing, gifts, and souvenirs tailored to the museum's specific collections and exhibits. Many of the gift shops also host guest speakers, book signings and shopping events during the year. Visitors who miss the gift shops or wish to purchase items after their visit can look for unique items online at the Smithsonian Store's website.
Are there any programs directed towards children?
The Smithsonian Institution gets kids and families excited by science, history and art with a full calendar of events, activities and special programming. Download the Smithsonian Mobile App to create a personalized itinerary or grab an interactive guidebook to plan ahead for your family visit. You can also visit the Smithsonian's website for detailed information about upcoming exhibits, activities and events tailored to kids.