National Museum of American History © lorax
Nicknamed the nation's attic, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the world's finest research centres, with 17 of its museums and a zoo located in Washington DC. The museums contain collections of historical importance on almost every subject. They include the National Air and Space Museum, packed with full-size space and aircraft, including the Wright brothers' plane; the Natural History Museum, with the Hope Diamond and the world's largest stuffed blue whale; and the American History Museum, displaying the original Kermit the Frog. Others include the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art, the African Art Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Arts and Industries Building, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Portrait Gallery. The Smithsonian Museums are a fantastic attraction for families in Washington DC, and a wallet-friendly one as admission is free.
Address: Smithsonian Castle Visitor Center, 1000 Jefferson Drive
Telephone: (202) 633 1000
Transport: Smithsonian metro station. The DC Circulator bus provides transportation between the museums.
Opening times: Opening times vary depending on the museum - see the official website for details.
Admission: All museums are free.