Museums and Gardens Professional Review and Guide
"Walking around the east side of the mall, pass by several Smithsonian museums and through sculpture and botanic gardens on this short, easy tour.
Begin at the Smithsonian Metro stop and turn right toward the Freer and Sackler Galleries. These house Asian art and some American collections. Walk along the mall on the clay path. This portion of the National Mall is home to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, held at the end of June. The festival focuses on three different cultures every year and highlights the various art forms of each one, including dance, music, and cuisine. The red building on your right is the Smithsonian Castle, which houses the offices of the institute. Farther along, in front of the original Smithsonian Museum, the Arts and Industries Building, is an old-fashioned carousel."