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.

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

Museums farther than the eye can see Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, as well as the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

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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
Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

What and where is the National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for pop culture fans, history buffs and art lovers alike. From activists and actors to presidents and poets, the museum...

America's Presidents Museum Exhibit at Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - Free Museum in Washington, DC
14 National Parks to Explore In & Around Washington, DC

The first national park was established by Congress in 1872, and the National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The goal of NPS: to conserve and protect America’s parks, historic objects and wildlife. The DC metro area boasts as complete a range of parks as...

Aerial Shot of the National Mall with All Memorials
How Can I Tour the White House?

Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you'...

The White House
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...

Smithsonian Castle
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
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...

@markeisenhower - Paddleboats by Jefferson Memorial cherry blossoms - Washington, DC
Visiting the National Archives Building & Museum

What and where is the National Archives Building & Museum? The National Archives & Records Administration Building and Museum is located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, just north of the National Mall . The building houses both a museum and the National Archives and...

National Archives Building and Museum - Free Washington, DC Museum with Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
Top Spots to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Expert photographers will tell you, taking a captivating cherry blossom shot requires the right scene. Another thing they'd tell you is to take a picture at the right moment. For the blossoms, that's during peak bloom, which typically occurs around early April, but in the past has occurred as early...

Where to Photograph the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC