Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture: Get acquainted with DC’s art and culture.

Capitol Riverfront By Day & By Night

Capitol Riverfront was a vital commercial section of the District from the late 19th century until the end of World War II, as the Washington Navy Yard, the nation’s longest continually operating naval facility, served as a beacon for a thriving community. Billions of dollars in investment in the...

Couple at Yards Park Capitol Riverfront
International Embassies in Washington, DC

Where to find the embassies With more than 175 embassies, ambassador’s residences and international cultural centers, DC is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation. Representatives from countries across the globe live and work for their home embassy right here in the District. These...

Swedish Embassy
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Best of Town

One surprising and pleasant discovery you’ll make when visiting Washington, DC - many events, museums and attractions are free. Here are a free activities that await on your trip to the nation’s capital.

Smithsonian Castle
3 Days Playing in President Obama's Backyard

Morning Start your day where any Presidential tour should: at the White House . Pose for a photo op, stop by the White House Visitor Center and then grab breakfast at the nearby White House FRESHFARM Market (Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. from April 7 to Nov. 17; 810 Vermont Ave. NW). With healthy frui...

U Street’s Unique History

The city is full of historic places, but U Street stands out for its unique position as a heart of culture, both past and present. The neighborhood began to build up toward the end of the 1800s, thanks to the construction of streetcars on its main thoroughfares. While it was primarily residential...

African American Civil War Memorial Statue
3 Days of Summer Fun in Washington. DC

Morning Start your day with breakfast at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel , where Martin Luther King, Jr. completed his "I Have a Dream" speech. It’s a short walk from the Willard to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial , the newest landmark on the National Mall . Once you're down there, visi...

Lincoln Memorial
17 Kid-Friendly Museums & Hands-On Attractions

DC’s wealth of museums and attractions means there are always magical places where kids are transported from the ho-hum of touring to the “Wow!” of experiencing. Many of these sites feature interactive entertainment to help capture the attention of even the littlest sightseer. And if you're looking...

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Lobby
The Need-to-Know Guide to the Kennedy Center

The History President John F. Kennedy famously loved and promoted the arts, inviting authors and musicians to the White House and laying the groundwork for the the National Endowment for the Arts. The Kennedy Center , the performing arts powerhouse and living memorial that bears his name, pays...

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC
40+ Things to Do This December in Washington, DC

Events Downtown Holiday Market – Through Dec. 23 This free-to-frequent downtown bazaar is centrally located at 8th and F Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery . Scope out eclectic wares from dozens of pop-up tents with seasonally flavored music...

CityCenterDC Christmas Tree - Washington, DC
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...

Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC