Washington, DC: Animatronic Smokey BearUSDA Forest Service information Center features a small museum and includes a talking, moving version of their fire-preventing mascot.
U.S. Forest Service
- 201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC
- U.S. Forest Service. Entrance is on the south side of Independence Ave. SW just east of its intersection with 14th St. SW. Enter through the door at the far right.
- M-F 8:30-4:15 (Call to verify)
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There is a small museum at the U.S. Forest Service with free postcards, magnets, and other free stuff. Everyone is very nice. Enter the door at the far right; security needs to screen visitors. I didn't go in the correct door....[John P Chismar, 11/24/2016]
Animatronic Smokey Bear
Smokey's back! You have to go though high tech security to see him! Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.[Jennifer Gilmore, 05/02/2014]
The USDA Forest Service information Center is essentially a very small, but well-done one-room museum, made to look like a western lodge. Video screens in the walls tell the story of the Forest Service. he main attraction, though, is the animatronic Smokey Bear. He greets you upon entering with the sage words: "Only you can prevent forest fires," and then goes back to "sleep" at his desk (an odd way to depict federal employees for a federal agency to project). They also give away free fridge magnets and picture postcards of Smokey's office.
The animatronic goofiness is welcome after a visit next door to the National Holocaust Museum.[William Zaza, 01/17/2012]