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August 5, 2013 – July 23, 2014
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Location: Children's Room, South Entrance
This Smithsonian Castle model, constructed of more than 45,000 LEGO bricks, was built to celebrate the origins of the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. It is displayed in the Children's Room in the spirit of the room's early use as a museum designed to inspire wonder in children. While the Castle model is built to scale, the Mall landscape and the animals situated on it are imaginatively depicted.