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Spring at the Smithsonian

The blossoms in the Smithsonian’s gardens—the formal Haupt, the idyllic Ripley, the delightfully educational Butterfly Habitat—are worth a springtime visit in themselves. Smithsonian Horticulture Services holds free tours here and in the gardens of the National Museum of American History, weather permitting. (Visit http://www.gardens.si.edu.)

The skies, too, fill with color during the annual Smithsonian Kite Festival, held on the National Mall to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Kite enthusiasts compete for awards in 36 categories, including the Hot Tricks Showdown. For more information, visit http://kitefestival.org.

The Smithsonian celebrates Women’s History Month in March and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May with a variety of programs. (visit http://smithsonianeducation.org/heritage).

Planning Your Family Visit

Spring 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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