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Must-visit free museums from around the world

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Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC, US

Timings: Open every day of the year, except Dec. 25. The different museums of the institution have different timings; most of them stay open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Established in 1846 and named after the founding donor James Smithson (1765–1829), this is the world's largest museum, education and research complex. With a collection spanning 154 million artworks, artifacts and specimens, the Smithsonian Institution includes 19 museums and galleries as well as the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Eleven of the museums and galleries are located on the National Mall, while the others are placed at various spots in Washington, D.C., New York City and Chantilly, Virginia.

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