Situated prominently on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Castle’s unique silhouette guides thousands of visitors each year to this prestigious Washington landmark. Its rich history and stately grandeur make the castle a stunning backdrop for special occasions. This elegant space reflects the ornate nobility of its original 19th-century design and is an ideal setting for breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, and dinners. Guests delight in the intriguing exhibits, which showcase collections from the many Smithsonian museums. Nationally recognized as a definitive event destination, the Smithsonian Castle also features a captivating garden that can be used for refined outdoor entertaining.
Welcome your guests to the Smithsonian Castle, the Smithsonian’s first building. The rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful gardens of this prestigious Washington landmark provide an extraordinary setting for elegant daytime and breathtaking evening events.
Designed by architect James Renwick, the castle originally housed the Smithsonian’s entire collection of natural and historic treasures, including the zoological park.
|Space||Max. Reception Capacity||Max. Seated Capacity||Sq. feet||Floor Plan|
|Enid A. Haupt Garden – North Plaza only||200||300||2,617|
|Enid A Haupt Garden – entire garden||400||375||4,011|