It's no surprise that Washington, DC has been named the best museum destination in the world many times. From world-class art to some of the country’s most inspiring artifacts, it would take months to explore all our museums have to offer.
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Visit nearly 20 Smithsonian museums - and the National Zoo - here in Washington, DC.
Explore this vast collection of museums and investigate everything from crime, spying and news to art, history and famous figures.
DC is packed with educational experiences for kids of all ages.
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DC Travel Inspiration
The Smithsonian Institution Building, aka "The Castle," houses the Smithsonian Information Center.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invokes discovery and education of the natural world.
Explore the complex past of our nation at the National Museum of American History.
The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall honors aviation and space heritage.
A dozen free museums flank the National Mall between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument. It’s impossible to pick one highlight in this walkable treasure map of art, science and history. No two visits (and no two visitors) are alike.
The National Portrait Gallery is a must-see for pop-culture fans, history buffs and art lovers alike
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the nation’s first collection of American art.
Enjoy a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and informative exhibits for all ages.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the most important landmarks in Washington, DC
Get wise at any of these 21 knowledge centers
The Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is the partner facility to the Air and Space Museum in DC.
Inauguration 2013 welcomed President Obama to the White House for a second term, but Washington, DC has a storied history of presidential places beyond the present. These five suggestions will help you walk in the steps of the U.S. presidents.
Visit Gallaudet University, the National Postal Museum and Union Station for a chance to learn about their little known importance and roles.
Home to dozens of museums and galleries (many of them free), DC has an exhibit for every art lover.
Explore Washington, DC's thriving visual and performing art scene.
Discover the cultural side of Washington, DC, in its museums, theaters, restaurants and nightlife.
Make these must-dos part of your to-do list and hit the highlights of the nation's capital.
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Help your kids discover the city's history in two history-altering eras.
Explore the monuments, memorials and museums of the National Mall, and have fun off the Mall, too.
Explore the world-renowned museum and research complex of 15 museums and the National Zoo in DC.
Arts, education and diplomacy merge to create engaging attractions and cultural events here.
Whether an adventurer or historian, you'll find both outdoor activities and private, world-class museums in Georgetown.
Head across the Anacostia River to see little known historic sites without the crowds.
Engage your mind with historic landmarks, a formidable art museum and world class entertainment
Washington, DC is full of attractions which combine learning with fun. Find ones for your family.
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