Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do in Washington, DC.

Visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Mother Teresa, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II and other religious figures have visited the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception , paying tribute at the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, and the 10th largest in the world. With its dozens of chapels devoted to the Virgin Mary,...

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Spring in DC

The worst-kept secret about DC is that there’s an endless amount of exciting things to do for free. Here’s how you can take advantage of it all during springtime , one of the best seasons for getting in on the fun. And if you're looking for even more discounted fun this summer, get up to 40% off on...

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Visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

Wander through three centuries of American art The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC is one of the largest and most expansive collections of American art in the world. The museum’s two locations, the main building in Penn Quarter and the Renwick Gallery in Downtown , represent...

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Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and...

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The Smithsonian Castle: Gateway to Museums & History

Brit benefactor and an American castle For a man who never set foot in Washington, DC, French-born, British-raised James Smithson has had a huge impact on the city. The British scientist (1765-1829), an illegitimate son of a Duke, left his considerable fortune to a nephew with the stipulation that...

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9 Things You Need to Know About the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, history-making addition to the National Mall . Admission to the museum is free, but has been in extremely high demand since the facility opened its doors. Timed passes are required to enter. Same-day passes (up...

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture

Home of the Kennedy Center , 75+ museums and a thriving theater scene, Washington, DC is brimming with cultural possibilities at every turn. The best part: many are free of charge. Check out all of these free and almost free arts and culture-related things to do.

Couple at the Phillips Collection - Dupont Circle - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opened in 1910 to invoke discovery and education of the natural world. Its green dome and immense size (comparable to 18 football fields) are signatures, as well as the 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts that the museum...

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100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: International DC

Don’t be fooled by the nickname “the nation’s capital.” DC could also be labeled as a global capital, thanks to its worldliness. Far-flung immigrants have settled in DC.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC
Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

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