1) Head to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the work of women artists. Admission is free on Community Day, the first Sunday of every month.
2) Visit The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle, America’s first museum of modern art, where access to the permanent collection is free of charge Tuesdays through Fridays. (Contributions are encouraged.)
3. Follow Georgetown's cobblestone streets to Old Stone House, a National Park Service site and DC's last pre-Revolutionary building standing on its original foundation.
4. Trip the light fantastic. Thrill to Leo Villareal’s dynamic light sculpture "Multiverse" while riding the moving walkway between the National Gallery of Art’s East and West Buildings.
5. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preservation of art in the Lunder Conservation Center. It’s the first art conservation facility allowing the public permanent access to views of essential conservation work. There you’ll see staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum hard at work through floor-to-ceiling windows.
6. Take a free or nearly free docent-led tour at one of DC’s many museums and other cultural institutions, including the National Archives and the National Air and Space Museum. Before you go, make sure to check each's website for details.
7. DC is a celebratory city in which festivals take place throughout the year. Check out our events calendar for information on DC’s most popular free-of-charge festivals, including the National Cherry Blossom Festival (March-April), the Source Festival (June) and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June-July).
8. See a play. Take advantage of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s pay-what-you-can seats, offered for the first two performances of every mainstage production (usually Monday or Tuesday). Tickets (two per person) are sold at the theater 90 minutes prior to show time.
9. Visit the National Geographic Museum and travel around the world. View engrossing exhibitions that highlight the diversity of international cultures and natural wonders. Adult admission is $11; for kids 5-12, it's $7.
10. Dance your way to Café Citron in Dupont Circle. On Friday nights, free salsa lessons are offered from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.