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Museums On and Near the National Mall, Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian Information Center in the Castle is centrally located at 1000 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, D.C. Ten of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., span an area from 3rd to 14th Streets between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km).
Map of Smithsonian Museums on and near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Mall Museum Map (PDF)
Map of Smithsonian Museums on and near the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Addresses, Metro Stops, Floor Plans

Try to use Public Transportation
The use of public transportation, including taxis, in Washington is recommended as on-street parking is extremely limited and traffic is often heavy.

Metrorail, Washington's subway system, and Metrobus link the city with nearby communities in Maryland and Virginia. Every subway station is equipped with an elevator and most with escalators. Metrorail is conveniently located near many Smithsonian museums and National Zoo. To begin your visit at the Smithsonian Information Center in the Castle (1000 Jefferson Drive, SW), take Metrorail and exit at the Smithsonian Station (Mall exit). For Metrorail map and more information, visit the Metro website

The D.C. Circulator bus offers a quick and convenient service to Smithsonian museums. For more information on this inexpensive, hop-on/hop-off service, call 202.962.1423 or visit the website at

There is no public parking facility at the Smithsonian on the National Mall; on-street parking is limited and posted times are enforced. There are commercial parking lots and garages located within several blocks of the museums. There are also a limited number of parking spaces for vehicles with the appropriate license plate or permit for visitors with disabilities.

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Elsewhere in Washington, D.C. and Virginia
Map of the National Zoo

National Zoo
The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., approximately 30 minutes by car or public transportation from the National Mall. Public parking is available for a fee.

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Map of Anacostia Museum (African American history and culture)

Anacostia Community Museum
The Anacostia Community Museum is located in Fort Stanton Park at 1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, D.C. Free public parking is available.

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Map of Udvar-Hazy Center

National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia, at the intersection of Rts. 50 and 28. Public parking is available for a fee.
For information on bus service to the Udvar-Hazy Center from the flagship museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., call its Welcome Center at 703.572.4118 or click on the Web site below.

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Museums in New York City
Map of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
The National Design Museum is located on Museum Mile, at the corner of 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Public transit routes include the 4, 5, and 6 subways (86th or 96th Street Stations).

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Map of American Indian Museum, Heye Center

National Museum of the American Indian's George Gustav Heye Center
The George Gustav Heye Center is located in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, near Battery Park in lower Manhattan. It is adjacent to the Bowling Green station of the East Side IRT and close to the Whitehall Street station of the BMT and the South Ferry station of the West Side IRT.

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