Hours and Locations

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

Smithsonian Castle
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

Closed for renovation


Completed in 1855, the Castle is our signature building. The Castle closed Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, for its first major renovation in more than 50 years. But even when the Castle is closed, you can plan your Smithsonian visit at our Virtual Visitor Center and explore the Castle online.


Enid A. Haupt Garden, Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, and the Virtual Visitor Center

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)


There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. A limited number of city-operated metered parking spaces are available, including several accessible parking spaces.

View a map of accessible parking spaces.

Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).


While this location does not have dining, view dining options at our other locations.


While this location has no museum store, you can always shop online.

Collection items shown may not be on view.