The Smithsonian(s)

Welcome to America’s Attic!

The Air and Space Museums are only 2 museums that are part of an organization that includes 19 Museums, a Zoo, 12 Public Gardens, 9 Research Centers and a Carousel!

Smithsonian Visitor Survival Guide Cover

The Smithsonian Institute’s “Visitor Survival Guide” 36 page,nbsp;3.85MB

The Smithsonian Institute provides the “Visitor Survival Guide” at and the website “Plan Your Visit to the Smithsonian” at as aids to planning your visit.

19 – Museums (

On the National Mall

  • African American History and Culture Museum (Opens September 24, 2016)
  • African Art Museum
  • Air and Space Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Indian Museum
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [of Asian Art]
  • Arts and Industries Building (Closed for renovation)
  • Freer Gallery of [Asian] Art
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Natural History Museum
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (“The Castle”)

Not on the National Mall, but in Washington DC

  • Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center (29.3 from the Castle)
  • American Art Museum (0.7 miles [15-minutes walk] from the Castle)
  • Anacostia Community Museum (5 miles from the Castle)
  • National Portrait Gallery (0.7 miles [15-minutes walk] from the Castle)
  • Postal Museum (1.4 miles [28-minute walk] from the Castle)
  • Renwick Gallery (1.5 miles [30-minute walk] from the Castle, Opens 2016)

In New York City

  • American Indian Museum Heye Center
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

1 – Zoo (http://www.

  • National Zoo (5.3 miles from the Castle)

12 – Public Gardens (

  • Victory Garden (American History Museum)
  • Heirloom Garden (American History Museum)
  • Butterfly Habitat Garden (Natural History Museum)
  • Urban Bird Habitat (Natural History Museum)
  • Mary Livingston Ripley Garden (Arts and Industries Building and Hirshhorn Museum)
  • Enid A. Haupt Garden (Castle’s Courtyard)
  • Kathrine Dulin Folger Rose Garden (Castle)
  • Freer Gallery of [Asian] Art’s Courtyard
  • Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden (Hirshhorn Museum
  • Kogod Courtyard (National Portrait Museum)
  • Air and Space Museum Landscape
  • American Indian Museum [Native] Landscape

9 – Research Centers (

  • Archives of American Art
    • Washington, DC Research Center
      Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery (Washington DC)
      New York Research Center
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple [Astrophysical] Observatory (Mt. Hopkins, Arizona)
  • Conservation Biology Institute (Front Royal, VA)
  • Environmental Research Center (Edgewater, MD)
  • Marine Station at (Fort Pierce, FL)
  • Museum Conservation Institute (Suitland, MD)
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (Washington, DC)
  • Smithsonian Libraries

The 20 libraries of the Smithsonian are united into one system supported by a central collections support service.

  • Tropical Research Institute (Republic of Panama)

The institute coordinates 4 research stations within Panama; Punta Culebra Nature Center, Barro Colorado Island, Bocas del Torro Station, Galeta Marine Laboratory.

1 – Carousel (

  • The Carousel on the Mall is across Jefferson Drive fro the The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.

An interesting review about the carousel appeared in the Washington Post on January 27, 2012 and be read at,1027953.html.

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