Activities & Resources
Smithsonian Information Center: The Castle050in Washington, DC 20013
about Smithsonian Information Center: The Castle:
While here, visitors can pick up a free copy of goSmithsonian; watch a free, 18-minute orientation video, shown continuously; view captioned interactive video programs on the Smithsonian museums (in various languages). Other resources include a scale model of monumental Washington and a small café offering light fare. Also, guided tours of the Castle are offered on certain days; call ahead or go online for details.
Don't miss the rose window and the National Zoo's panda cub on the "panda cam" in the Commons, a room that displays sample objects from all Smithsonian museums. And while you may be in a hurry to check out all the other wonderful Smithsonian museums, do give the kids at least a peek at the Children's Room. If you exit through this gorgeous spot, oohing and aahing at the trompe l'oeil art, you'll find yourselves walking through the lovely Enid Haupt Victorian Garden.
Resident Associate Membership at the Smithsonian includes a subscription to Smithsonian magazine, free parking at the National Museum of Natural History during evening member events (beginning after 5:30pm upon presentation of a ticket), discounts on shopping and dining, members only events, and much more. For details, visit http://residentassociates.org or call 202.633.3030.