History & Heritage

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Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

What is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. The memorial consists of three separate parts: The Three Soldiers...

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
Turning Back the Clock with Virginia Ali

You might have heard that Washington, DC has experienced a significant resurgence in recent years, as new restaurants, retail and attractions flock to the city. Few people have witnessed as much change in the District as Virginia Ali, who along with her husband Ben opened up the DC institution Ben’...

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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
Washington, DC Fun Facts for Kids

Presidential Pastimes George Washington never lived in DC. The White House was completed a year after he died and the second U.S. President, John Adams, was the first to live there. The statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square (directly across from the White House) was partially made from...

Washington, DC Fun Facts for Kids
15 Things to See & Do in Southwest Waterfront

A renaissance is underway along this 47-acre riverfront community, and the new development is called The Wharf . Despite big changes, this historic neighborhood maintains many important remnants of its past including its historic seafood market, world-class theater, leisure cruise boat pier and...

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
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
Visiting the White House

Why visit? Sure, the White House is where the American President lives and works, but the national landmark actually belongs to the people of the United States. The house is on loan to the President and his or her family while serving in office. Visitors to Washington, DC (and locals, too) are...

the white house north lawn
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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