Museums: Washington, D.C.

All told, the Smithsonian encompasses 19 museums (most of them free), a zoo and nine research centers. Some highlights: the Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the National <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000196" title="Museum of Natural History" href="/topic/science-technology/museum-of-natural-history-PLCUL000196.topic">Museum of Natural History</a>, home to the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond. That's not to mention the Corcoran Gallery and Madame Tussauds.

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All told, the Smithsonian encompasses 19 museums (most of them free), a zoo and nine research centers. Some highlights: the Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of Natural History, home to the 45.5-carat Hope Diamond. That's not to mention the Corcoran Gallery and Madame Tussauds.

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