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The Smithsonian

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Spanning an area from 3rd to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, The Smithsonian boasts 19 museums, nine research centers and a zoo. The variety of museums and exhibits ensures that everybody will find something that fits their interests. The museum collection consists of African American History and Culture Museum, Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Natural history Museum, National Zoo and more. The institute also offers a variety of dining options that are typically open in conjunction with the museum hours. From food carts to quaint cafés, kiosks and food courts, visitors can find whatever fits their tastes. The diversity of museums and exhibits make this collection of history perfect for those who want to learn more about the American experience while they stay in the nation's capital.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most museums are open daily from 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; check here for specific museum hours
  • The American Art Museum and Portrait Gallery are open 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • All museums are closed on Christmas Day
  • Most museums are a 20 minute drive from Omni Shoreham Hotel
  • The Smithsonian doesn't operate any parking facilities. Visitors should take the Metro or a taxi. Check here for a full outline of the right Metro stops to take.
  • The Smithsonian Visitor Center is located at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington D.C.
  • 10 of the museums span an area from 3rd to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue

Learn more about The Smithsonian.

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Smithsonian National Zoo

Visit over 2,000 animals of 400 different species at their home just blocks from our front door.

White House

Monumental Weekend Package

Enjoy daily breakfast and a tour of our capital's historic monuments with complimentary Old Towne Trolley Tour tickets.


The interactive museum explains the tenets of the First Amendment and chronicles the evolution of media.