The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are the most visited sites in Washington, DC. Take a photo tour of the Smithsonian Institution, 16 world-class museums offering a variety of exhibits ranging from art to space exploration.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Visit here and learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
At the Smithsonian Natural History Museum you will see a variety of artifacts including an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton, a life-size model of a blue whale, an enormous prehistoric white shark, and a 45-and-a-half carat jewel a known as the Hope Diamond. The Discovery Room is a great hands-on display for young children. Feel the skin of a crocodile, examine the jaws and teeth of different animals or try on clothes from around the globe.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts of American history and culture, from the War of Independence to the present day. A wide range of exhibits demonstrate the diversity of American history and culture.
The Smithsonian Institution Building (also known as the Castle)
The Smithsonian Institution Building, popularly known as the Castle, houses the Smithsonian's administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center. This Victorian style, red sandstone building was built in 1855 and was originally the home of the first Secretary of the Smithsonian, Joseph Henry, and his family.
Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building
The Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building was the original home to the National Museum. The building is currently closed due to renovations.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located on the property of Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. This museum provides a second location of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, about half an hour's drive from Washington, DC.
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum
The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian's museum of modern and contemporary art includes arts of traditional historical themes and collections addressing emotion, abstraction, politics, process, religion, and economics.
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum displays the largest stamp collection in the world and examines the development of the postal system using interactive displays.
Smithsonian Renwick Gallery
The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery displays American crafts and contemporary arts. The building was the original site of the Corcoran Gallery and is furnished with items from the 1860s and 1870s.
Smithsonian Freer Gallery
The Smithsonian Freer Gallery is a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East. Paintings, ceramics, manuscripts, and sculptures are among the favorites of this museum.
Smithsonian Sackler Gallery
The Smithsonian Sackler Gallery is connected underground to the Freer Gallery of Art. The Sackler collection includes Chinese bronzes, jades, paintings and lacquerware, ancient Near Eastern ceramics and metalware, and sculpture from Asia.
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is the newest museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This museum showcases Native American objects from ancient pre-Columbian civilizations through the 21st century.
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art displays ancient as well as contemporary works from Africa. There are special events, storytelling, demonstrations and children's programs.
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
The Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture is a small museum that focuses on African American culture.
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is scheduled to reopen July 2006 after extensive renovations.
The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum showcase a newly restored historic building in Washington, DC. The two museums will share a National Historic Landmark building that stretches two city blocks within the revitalized arts district of downtown Washington.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The National Zoo is a part of the Smithsonian Institution.
See more than 435 different species of animals at the National Zoo, Washington DCs 163-acre zoological park set within the Rock Creek National Park.