Smithsonian History• The construction of the Smithsonian started in 1847 by architect James Renwick Jr.• The Smithsonian Castle was the first building to be built.• All of the buildings related to the Smithsonian is made of red Seneca sandstone, in a faux Norman style.• The Smithsonian was designated as a historic landmark in 1965.• After the East wing was completed, in 1849, Secretary Joseph Henry and his family occupied the living space.• Before the museum was built, the west wing of “The Castle” was a library. Now it is a quiet lounge for visitors to relax in.• The main entry to the building is now the Great American Hall of Wonders. This is part of the National Art Museum.• Before on the second floor, there was an art gallery. Now it is the visitor info and Associates Reception.• The entire Smithsonian was completed in 1855.
The National History Museum• The Natural History Museum, (NHM) is located in the magnificent Smithsonian museums, in the heart of Washington DC.• The NHM is one of the most visited museums in the Smithsonian.• In the NHM, you can explore the different birds of D.C, or learn about the evolution trail!
Inside the Museum• NHM has many exhibitions ones including:• Earliest human origins;development of world cultures;ancient and modern mammals,birds, amphibians, reptiles,Insects, sea creatures, andmore!
Information• The location is on 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC• Admission is FREE• Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily• There is no public parking• (212) 769-5606
Air and Space Museum• The air and space museum is the largest museum in the nation that contains air and space history.• The air and space museum is also rich in geology, science, planetary science, technology, terrestrial, and geophysics.• In this museum, you can discover the history of flight, and many famous aircrafts!
Milestones of Flight• This exhibit showcases a collection of historic flight achievements.• This exhibit includes the 1903 Wright flyer.• Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight in the Spirit of St. Louis.• The Bell XP-59A Airacomet.• The Bell X-1 in which "Chuck" Yeager broke the mythical "sound barrier.”• The North American X-15• SpaceShipOne• Friendship 7• The Apollo 11 command module Columbia, Mariner,
Rockets & Missiles• The first rocket originated in China. In the year 1000. In the next couple of decades, rockets were changing around the 20th century.• In this exhibit, the missiles on display are the Loon, Redstone, and the Henschel.• Another rocket on display is the Goddard 1935 A-series.
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight• This exhibit captures the theme of many great achievements. For example, overcoming great barriers.• This exhibit features the Douglas World Cruiser “Chicago” which was one of the first aircrafts to make it around the world.• Another aircraft is the Lockheed 5B Vega. This aircraft was flown by Amelia Earhart in her first solo flight, across the Atlantic.
InformationAddress:• Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW Washington, DC 20560 Hours:• 10:00 am - 5:30 pm• Open every day except December 25.Admission:• Free
Conclusion• This concludes the tour.• We hope you enjoyed your stay with us.• Please feel free to visit the Smithsonian again• On behalf of Smithsonian Tours, Aly, and myself we thank you and hope to see you soon.