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Museums and Zoo

Museums and Zoo
The Smithsonian Institution—the world’s largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. Most Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are free and open every day of the year except December 25. For hours of operation, see information on planning your visit or select a museum from the list. Note: Additional Smithsonian exhibitions and events can be found in the S. Also Learn About Our Research Centers » Smithsonian Gardens » Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes a number of outdoor museums. From mid-April through September there are weekly garden tours available (weather permitting).

The National Portrait Gallery/Museum Information/Visit Welcome to the National Portrait Gallery The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. Location: The museum is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Museum Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily Closed December 25 Admission: FREE General Information Number (202) 633-8300 NPG Information Email Address: Frequently Asked Questions What is the Reynolds Center? The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum—two museums that tell America's stories through art, history and biography—share a newly renovated National Historic Landmark building in downtown Washington D.C. What is the closest Metro stop? The DC Circulator also serves the museums' Penn Quarter neighborhood.

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Virtual Tour: Panoramic Images: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History This comprehensive virtual tour allows visitors using a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. You can even browse a list of past exhibits, which is included on the ground floor map (see upper right map buttons). The visitor can navigate from room to room by clicking map locations or by following blue arrow links on the floor that connect the rooms. The desktop version includes camera icons to indicate hotspots where the visitor can get a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel. Please note: This tour is provided in Flash and HTML5 / Javascript versions. Site Credit: Imagery and coding by Loren Ybarrondo. | Free adventure learning for the K-12 classroom