The station platform view from the mezzanine in July 2007
|Location||1200 Independence Avenue, Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20004
|Owned by||Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections|| Metrobus: 52, 13Y, 16X
Loudoun County Commuter Bus
|Bicycle facilities||2 racks|
|Opened||July 1, 1977|
|Passengers (2015)||10,684 daily  2.08%|
Smithsonian is a side platformed Washington Metro station at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. The station was opened on July 1, 1977, and is operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). It is a stop on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines. The station's south entrance is at the southwest corner of Independence Avenue and 12th Street, Southwest, the street elevator is at the northwest corner of the same intersection, and the north entrance is on the south side of the Mall near Jefferson Drive, Southwest. The station is named for its proximity to the Smithsonian Institution's museums and is close to the Washington Monument, the Tidal Basin and other tourist attractions on and near the National Mall. The station is also near several federal office buildings, including those of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy.
The station opened on July 1, 1977. Its opening coincided with the completion of 11.8 miles (19.0 km) of rail between National Airport and RFK Stadium and the opening of the Arlington Cemetery, Capitol South, Crystal City, Eastern Market, Farragut West, Federal Center SW, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom–GWU, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, National Airport, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Potomac Avenue, Rosslyn, and Stadium–Armory stations. Orange Line service to the station began upon the line's opening on November 20, 1978. Silver Line service at Smithsonian station began on July 26, 2014.
Near this station, Metro had its first fatalities, which occurred on January 13, 1982 when a train derailed. On the same day, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th Street Bridge. The two events closed the federal government in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The Smithsonian station was closed all day on the Fourth of July from 2002 to 2008, as its north entrance is within the secure perimeter established around the National Mall during Independence Day events. Metro stopped closing Smithsonian station on July 4 beginning in 2009.
On April 14th, 2016, Metro has proposed to change the name of the station adding "National Mall" to the station name.
|G||Street Level||Exit/ Entrance|
|M||Mezzanine||One-way faregates, ticket machines, station agent|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Westbound||← Blue Line toward Franconia–Springfield (Federal Triangle)
← Orange Line toward Vienna (Federal Triangle)
← Silver Line toward Wiehle – Reston East (Federal Triangle)
|Eastbound||→ Blue Line toward Largo Town Center (L'Enfant Plaza) →
→ Orange Line toward New Carrollton (L'Enfant Plaza) →
→ Silver Line toward Largo Town Center (L'Enfant Plaza) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Notable places nearby
- Several Federal Government buildings, including:
- National Mall
- Several Smithsonian museums, nearest are:
- Tidal Basin (where the cherry blossoms bloom)
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Washington Monument
- "Metrorail Average Weekday Passenger Boardings" (PDF). WMATA. Retrieved 2016-06-07.
- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (2010). "Dulles Metrorail Project Overview". Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Feaver, Douglas B. (July 1, 1977), "Today, Metro could be U.S. model", The Washington Post, p. A1
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (July 2009). "Sequence of Metrorail openings" (PDF). Retrieved July 25, 2010.
- Staff Reporters (June 24, 1977), "Metro's newest stations: Where they are, what's nearby", The Washington Post
- Eisen, Jack; John Feinstein (November 18, 1978), "City-County fanfare opens Orange Line; Ceremonies open new Orange Line", The Washington Post, p. D1 Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Halsey, Ashley (July 26, 2014). "All aboard! Metro's new Silver Line rolls down the tracks for the first time". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- Stephen J. Lynton (January 14, 1982). "Metro Train -Derails; 3 Die". The Washington Post.
- "Metro outlines Independence Day service" (Press release). Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2010-12-26.
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (2016). "Station Name Change Proposals" (PDF). Retrieved August 20, 2016.
- Jesse Leaf (13 March 2007). The Everything Family Guide To Washington D.C.: All the Best Hotels, Restaurants, Sites, and Attractions. Adams Media. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-4405-2411-0.
accessible from the Smithsonian Metro station...
Media related to Smithsonian (WMATA station) at Wikimedia Commons
- WMATA: Smithsonian Station
- StationMasters Online: Smithsonian Station
- The Schumin Web Transit Center: Smithsonian Station
- The Mall Entrance (North Entrance) is at coordinates Coordinates:
- The Independence Avenue and 12th Street SW Entrance (South Entrance) is at coordinates
- The Street Elevator Entrance is at coordinates
- Jefferson Drive entrance from Google Maps Street View
- Independence Avenue entrance from Google Maps Street View