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Autumn at the Smithsonian

The crowds thin out as the weather turns cooler, making autumn an appealing time for a Smithsonian visit. The National Zoo holds its popular Boo at the Zoo event around Halloween. Trick-or-treaters collect candy from costumed volunteers at more than 40 “treat stations.” Snakes, spiders and a Komodo dragon come to the party as their scary selves. (Call 202.633.2922, or visit http://nationalzoo.si.edu.)

The Smithsonian celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15 and American Indian Heritage Month in November (visit http://smithsonianeducation.org/heritage).

Planning Your Family Visit

Autumn is a good time to bring your family to the Smithsonian. Match up some of your interests with those in these one-day itineraries. For daily updates on Smithsonian exhibits and special events, visit http://www.si.edu. There you can click directly to the latest new exhibit or program. For more general information, try “Events” or “Visitor Information.” Hope to see you soon!

Follow your special interests through the Smithsonian museums with these downloadable (PDF) one-day itineraries. Walking distances are minimized as much as possible; brief taxi rides are an option.

For the Youngest Visitors
This tour takes into account the active imaginations of Smithsonian visitors five to nine.

The Natural World
This itinerary explores the science of the heavens, the earth and all living things.

World Cultures
This itinerary explores the Smithsonian's extensive holdings from worldwide cultures, past and present.

Jewelry, Clothing and Costumes
This itinerary samples the Smithsonian's holdings of apparel, gems and other objects of beauty.

The Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Castle

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