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Walking Tour: Smithsonian Institution and National Art Gallery

The Smithsonian Institution is internationally renowned, and a top destination of millions of visitors each year. It is the world's largest museum complex, composed of museums and art galleries and the National Zoo.

Getting to The Mall and the Smithsonian buildings couldn't be easier. Take the Blue or Orange Line to the Smithsonian stop. Make your first stop the Visitors Center, located in the red brick "Castle".

From there, head to where your interests take you: the most popular museums are the Museum of American History and the Museum of Natural History, across the mall from the Castle, and the Air and Space Museum, farther down Jefferson Drive toward the Capitol. The Mall also offers a variety of art galleries and museums...The Freer and Sackler Galleries specialize in Asian art; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, specialize in modern and contemporary art.

The African Art Museum depicts art and sculpture from Africa, and the National Gallery of Art offers some of our nation's most priceless treasures.

The West Wing of the National Gallery, designed by John Russell Pope, houses an awesome collection of European art from the 13th through the 20th centuries. I.M.Pei's East Wing, connected underground to the West Wing, concentrates on contemporary European and American Art.

Your Smithsonian Metro stop will return you to your hotel by way of either the Blue or Orange Line; you'll be happy, tired, full of knowlege and satisfied that even having seen so much, there is so much more to experience in your Nation's Capital!

The Smithsonian Castle
The Smithsonian Castle



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