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Smithsonian Castle

1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian's first building, popularly known as the Castle, houses the Institution’s administrative offices and the Smithsonian Information Center.

Metrorail Directions

  1. Smithsonian station, Blue/Orange/Silver Lines
  2. Exit on the Mall.
  3. Walk south to Jefferson Drive and east to the S. Dillon Ripley Center.
  4. The Castle has entrances on the Jefferson Drive side and from the garden in the back.


  1. Metered parking spaces may be available on Jefferson Drive on the Mall.
  2. Jefferson Drive is one-way from west to east.