Visiting the Smithsonian Museums

Pack your summer trip to DC with knowledge when you visit its famous Smithsonian museums.

Collectively named the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 15 separate museums and the National Zoo. From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space travel at the Air and Space Museum, the museums of the Smithsonian cover an array of fascinating areas of study.

The Smithsonian Institution is sometimes referred to as America’s treasure chest because of the diverse artifacts it houses. Whether you’re interested in American history or Asian art, giant pandas or stamp collecting, there’s a Smithsonian museum for you. By attendance, the most popular Smithsonian museums are the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museumand the National Zoo. First-time visitors tend to seek these out, but we recommend reading a bit about each museum and visiting those which interest you. With 15, it’s virtually impossible see them all in one visit, but planning to see three or four during a week-long vacation would be a realistic goal. – See more at:

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