Washington, D.C. - Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

Completed in 1855, the Castle is the signature building and home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center.

Volunteers and interactive tools are available to help you plan your Smithsonian visit

Exhibitions reveal the history, scope, and scale of the Smithsonian

Tours are offered that highlight the history and architecture of the Castle

Free visitor Wi-Fi available

Address 1000 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560
Admission Fee Admission is free.  
Open 8:30AM- 5:30PM daily except Christmas
Getting There By DC Metro:

Take the Blue, Silver, or Orange line.

Exit at the Smithsonian Station

Take the Mall exit

Make sure to walk around the gardens behind the castle.  The Enid A. Haupf Gardens are serene and a great place to sit outside.  You can also see the FBI building from there.

Wear good shoes and bring water. 

Go to the castle first before going to all the other Smithsonian museums, especially if you don't have time and only need to select a few museums to visit.  The visitor center will be helpful to narrow down your choices.

FYI:  if you have young children and need a quiet moment to yourself, there is a carousel ride a few feet away from the Castle.  Your child can enjoy the ride and you can enjoy a moment to yourself and sit at the nearby bench.

Website Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle) Website