Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

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www.si.edu

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed for renovation starting Feb. 1

Admission is free

About

Completed in 1855, the Castle is our signature building and home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center. As such, it makes a great starting point for your journey—here you can get a grasp of the scope and scale of the Smithsonian, tour the Castle’s 19th-century architecture, see what’s going on today at all the museums, and consult with our in-house experts about what to see and do.

Highlights

Volunteers and interactive tools to help with visit planning; Castle Café; Museum Store; free visitor Wi-Fi. 

  • Castle Café
    Specialty sandwiches, soups, pastries, organic salads, antipasti, Peet’s coffee, espresso/cappuccino bar, teas, bottled beverages, beer, wine, and novelty ice cream (seasonal).
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
    Closed for renovation starting Feb. 1

    Outdoor Carts
    Open seasonally

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

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