Museums

Make your time in Washington, DC a masterpiece with museums farther than the eye can see.

Visiting the Newseum

What and where is the Newseum? The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, situated between the U.S. Capitol and the White House . The seven-level museum opened in 2008 with the intention of promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press,...

Newseum exterior at sunset - Museums in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Check Out ‘Soy Isla’ at The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection wants to introduce you to one of the most innovative and prolific abstract artists with Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) . The long overdue exhibition masterfully illuminates the life and work of Sánchez (born in 1926 in Havana), from her humble beginnings in Cuba to...

A visitor with Zilia Sánchez, Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), c. 1968/96. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 × 72 × 12 in., Collection of the artist, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Photo: Rhiannon Newman
Why You Should Experience ‘Pulse’ at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican artist that sees the intersection of technology and art as a pathway to human connection. Lozano-Hemmer was once a chemist, so the biometric nature of his fascinating Pulse exhibit at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is no surprise. The...

'Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse' exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall - Free fall museum exhibit in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Where and what is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History? The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW on the National Mall . The four-level museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016, becoming the...

@aishaslens - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
8 Reasons to Check Out ‘Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement’ at Newseum

A June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village altered the trajectory of LGBTQ rights in America. That night, LGBTQ patrons of the bar refused to back down from discriminatory law enforcement, leading to days’ worth of protests, which sparked a national conversation in...

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement exhibit at the Newseum - Museum exhibit in Washington, DC
14 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Henry the Elephant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Free museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Fly High at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

All about the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Opened in 2003, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center serves as a partner facility to the National Air and Space Museum . The two locations together attract more than 8 million visits per year, making the National Air and Space complex the most...

@abroadwife - Child standing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum - Free Smithsonian museum near Washington, DC
Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

What and where is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located on the National Mall , just south of Independence Avenue SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Its official address is 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC...

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC - Museums in DC
Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Smithsonian's National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party lines. Lions, tigers, giraffes and the zoo’s beloved giant pandas are just some of the 1,500-plus animals that call the...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
Visiting the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Washington, DC

What and where is the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing? The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing , founded in 1862, produces Federal Reserve Notes (also known as paper money, or U.S. dollars) for the Federal Reserve, our country’s central bank (note that coins are made by the United States...

@moremeeces - United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving - Free attraction in Washington, DC