Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 free things to do in Washington, DC.

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 exhibits and entertainment to help capture the attention of even the littlest sightseer. Begin...

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Lobby
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

What is the National Museum of African Art and where is it? The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is located on Independence Avenue SW in DC, on the National Mall . The museum possesses the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States, with roughly 12,000 objects in...

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is to be transported to a trying time in American history, an era rife with economic depression and international conflict. The memorial, which honors the 32nd president of the United States, is composed of four “rooms” which represent each of...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
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
Visiting the Smithsonian Freer | Sackler Galleries

What are the Freer | Sackler Galleries and how do I get there? The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art , both located on the National Mall and part of the Smithsonian Institution Museums . The Sackler Gallery is located...

The Freer & Sackler Galleries - Washington, DC
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
Visiting Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery and serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 military veterans and their immediate family from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War and...

View of Washington, DC Skyline from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia
Visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Gallery of Art? The National Gallery of Art and its gorgeous Sculpture Garden (which features an ice rink in the winter time) are located on Constitution Avenue NW between 3rd and 9th Streets NW. Through its East and West Buildings, the museum preserves, collects and...

National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings at night - Museums in Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: History & Heritage

Adventure through American history in Washington, DC, a city brimming with exciting experiences, some of which literally date back to the founding of our nation (we’re looking at you, Declaration of Independence). Not only is DC filled with exciting history and heritage, it’s also been called the “...

@ray.payys - World War II Memorial on National Mall at night - Washington, DC
Visiting the Lincoln Memorial

Th e experience The grand Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall . The best way to approach the memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the National World War II Memorial . This will put you at the edge of the Reflecting...

@pixels.sh - Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall at night - Memorials in Washington, DC