Adventure Lab at the Smithsonian

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View of north side of the Smithsonian Castle

It might not be buried but learning about Smithsonian history is a treasure. Explore your favorite museums in a fun new way—from the outside! 

Adventure Lab® is a free app you can download for touchless scavenger hunts. We’ve created a few, with the help of Smithsonian volunteers and staff, to enhance your exploration of the Institution while walking around the National Mall.

Things to keep in mind before you start:

  • You will need to be on location to do this (National Mall)
  • This is an outdoor adventure and does not require you to go into any of the museums 
  • None of these locations are inside of buildings
  • Have your device/phone fully charged
  • Expected time to visit all of the sites is 1–2 hours
  • You do not have to do the locations in order, but they are labeled in chronological order if you want to do them that way
  • You will need to download the Adventure Lab® app and register for a free account
  • Any questions or comments email
  • Download the Adventure Lab® app and go to the link below get to the adventure

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James Smithson marker
Adventure Lab®

Mr. Smithson Goes to Washington

Bet you didn’t know that James Smithson was a time traveler! He has used his knowledge of physics to travel from the 1800s to the present day. Imagine donating money to a foreign country to found an institution for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and finding out that 200 years later it has become 19 museums, 9 research centers, 13 gardens and a National Zoo! Join James Smithson as he explores the different museums and shares a little about his life and Smithsonian history.