Home to the Smithsonian Institution,the Castle is an icon.
Architect James Renwick Jr.,who also designed the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery,finished construction on the red sandstone Castle in 1855. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
The Castle has few attractions,but visitors will want to see the scale model of Washington and the tomb of James Smithson,who left his fortune “to the United States of America,to found at Washington,an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
Don’t forget to check out the Enid A.Haupt Garden on the south side of the castle. This four-acre garden offers a reprieve from the bustle of the museums and includes several plants and flowers that you probably won’t find at home.
Michael’s pick: Viewing the memorial of Smithsonian founder James Smithson was a great way to go back to the roots of the iconic museums.
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