Taxidermy in the Smithsonian Castle. The Smithsonian is a vast collection of museums and galleries. People who have not been to DC think of the Smithsonian as a place, but it is a collection of many big places, each one with a unique focus and collection. This image was captured in the Castle, sort of the visitors center for the Smithsonian. This room was once the library, modeled after the library of great European Universities. It has served a variety of purposes over the years, including being the dinning room for a restaurant for a decade or two (I had lunch there once.) At the moment is a gallery of north American history, art, and science. A wonderful space.