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Welcome to the Virtual Visitor Center

Plan your Smithsonian visit

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When you visit the Smithsonian, you’re entering the world’s largest museum complex, with approximately 155 million artifacts and specimens in its trust for the American people. Most of our museums are located in the Washington, D.C., area with two in New York City.

Smithsonian Institution Building (The Castle)

Joseph Henry statue in front of the north door of the Smithsonian Castle

Completed in 1855, the Castle is our signature building. Learn more about its history and the history of the Smithsonian. The Castle is closing Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, for its first major renovation in more than 50 years. But even when the Castle is closed we have online options to explore!