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Smithsonian Museum Highlights

The Smithsonian is a complex of 19 galleries and museums in Washington, DC, including the National Zoo. From art and architecture to aerospace and science, the Smithsonian offers visitors diverse cultural activities and learning. Many Smithsonian museums are just a 30-minute drive from BEST WESTERN Fairfax, plus we offer an exciting Smithsonian Package so you can get the most out of your capital vacation.
The Air & Space Museum has two locations, the main campus and the Udvar-Hazy Center. This is one of the most popular destinations, especially for those traveling with children who love to explore the rocket ships and outer space. The Natural History Museum is another family-friendly destination, with exhibits about the origins of humankind, animals, insects, plants and fish. The American History Museum touches on the social, cultural, technological and political development of the United States.
The Portrait Gallery highlights important figures who shaped America's history, including portraits of all the U.S. presidents. The National Museum of the American Indian has the largest collection of Native American artifacts from across the country. The American Art Museum is a collection of works across genres and time, and the African Art Museum highlights contemporary and traditional artworks from Africa.


Prices -

 Admission to all the Smithsonian Museums and Galleries in Washington, DC is FREE.

Hours -

 Hours vary by museum, but most are open daily, except Dec. 25,  from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


  • Smithsonian Craft Show
  • National Math Festival
  • Garden Fest


  • Museum exhibits
  • Interactive activities
  • Theaters
  • Dining and gift shops
  • Planetarium
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