History & Heritage

History & Heritage: The country’s history starts with ours.

Southwest Waterfront: Past, Present & Future

Located at the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, the land has been shaped and reshaped by visionaries who profited from the Southwest Waterfront ’s abundant natural resources. Today, visitors have much to see in this unique neighborhood a few blocks from the National Mall . The Past...

Southwest Waterfront skyline
Guide to Winter Holidays in Washington, DC

Visit Washington, DC during a winter holiday and you’ll find a wonderland of themed markets, activities for couples and families as well as monumental ceremonies honoring American history and heroes. Check out this guide to all the sights to see and things to do during the winter holidays...

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Visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial

What is the Korean War Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Korean War Veterans Memorial resides on the National Mall , southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool. All of its components, including its walls, stainless steel statues and Pool of Remembrance, are...

Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the tragic events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. All 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the...

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Meet a Community-Oriented Museum Director

The Anacostia Neighborhood Museum was founded in 1967 with the intention of inspiring neighborhood residents to visit the National Mall and see more artifacts at its other campuses. Today, savvy museum-seekers, informed residents and community champions the world over are the ones joining Anacostia...

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Washington DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, postal artifacts and...

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
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
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

What and where is the National Museum of American History? The National Museum of American History is located on Constitution Avenue NW, just a block away from the National Mall . Through research, in-depth exhibits, extensive collections and public outreach, the museum presents America’s history...

Entrance of the Museum of American History
The History of Washington, DC

Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington, DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital. You can read the actual line at the National Archives. From its beginning, it has been embroiled in political maneuvering,...

Washington, DC Aerial View
7 Ways to Experience the Obamas’ Washington, DC

In addition to being the First Family of the United States, the Obamas are also big fans of Washington, DC, regularly getting out into the neighborhoods and on the National Mall . Local blogs and newspapers often report on unexpected date nights at a hot restaurant, a surprise visit to a boutique...

resident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk from Marine One on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House following a trip to California, June 16, 2014