The Smithsonian is the world's largest museum complex and research organization. The Institute is composed of 14 museums and The National Zoo in the DC Area, and two museums in NYC.
A Break Down
The Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture has collections, studies, and exhibitions of African American history and culture.
The Arts and Industries Building has special changing exhibitions and Discovery Theater (for the kids).
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery holds Asian and a specialized collection of American art.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden houses Modern and contemporary art.
The National Air and Space Museum contains history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight.
The National Museum of African Art houses collections, research, and exhibitions of African art.
The National Museum of American History, Behring Center exhibits the history of science, technology, society, and culture in America.
The National Zoological Park is home to 3,600 animals from 475 species in a 163-acre biological park.
The National Postal Museum is an interactive museum of postal history and philately.
The National Museum of Natural History houses artifacts of nature.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery are now both open after renovation! Thank you M. Nunnelly!
Dining with History
The Air and Space Museum, the American History Museum, the Arts and Industries building, the Natural History Museum, the National Zoo, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden all contain food service.
On the Mall
In pleasant weather, a picnic on the grassy, tree-lined National Mall can add to your day's enjoyment. You should bring your own provisions or you can purchase a variety of fast foods from street vendors or from National Park Service refreshment stands.
Oh, and don’t forget...
Nine of the 14 Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., span and area from 4th to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, that's approximately 4/5 miles! Because you are going to do a lot of walking between and within museums, plan to wear comfortable clothing and shoes!
More information about the Smithsonian Institute can be found at their website!