Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian's first building, completed in 1855, popularly known as the Castle originally housed “everything” and included a science museum, art gallery, lecture hall, administrative offices and research laboratories.  It is now the administrative offices for the 16 Smithsonian museums.  There is an Information Center located here and there is also a Crypt Room holding the tomb of James Smithson, an English scientist, and the man whose generous donation of approximately $500,000 established the Smithsonian Institution.

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