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1000 Jefferson Dr. SW
Telephone: 202.357.2700
Admission: Free
Building Hours: Open daily 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed December 25

To many, this building - known as the Castle - symbolizes the entire Smithsonian. It was the Institution's first building, designed by James Renwick Jr. and completed in 1855. Today, it houses the Smithsonian Information Center, administrative offices and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Smithsonian Information Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Highlights include two orientation theaters featuring a 20-minute video overview of the Smithsonian, interactive touch-screen programs on the Smithsonian in six languages, electronic wall-maps and interactive touch-screen programs on popular capital attractions, and scale models of Washington's core and its famous monuments. For information, call or write Smithsonian Information, Smithsonian Institution, SI Building Room 151 MRC 010, Washington, D.C. 20560; (202) 357-2700, TTY (202) 357-1729.

Text by The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
© Copyright Thaddeus O. Cooper 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000