History & Heritage

The country’s history starts with our own history and heritage.

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
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the nation’s capital.

Funk Parade on U Street - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

What is the National Museum of the American Indian and where is it? The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is located on Independence Avenue SW in Washington, DC, on the National Mall . The museum boasts one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native American objects,...

@travelmemories74 - Visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free Museum in Washington, Dc
Explorer-In-Chief: Marvel at DC with These Presidential Experiences

As you know, the President of the United States lives in Washington, DC. Now that the obvious has been stated, you should also know that the nation’s capital has many ways to engage with presidential history. Of course, you can always tour the White House , but we’ve detailed other attractions to...

@brandonmkopp - Visitor at the Lincoln Memorial - Washington, DC
8 Ghost Tours Sure to Spook You in Washington, DC

This Halloween season , consider a fright-inducing walking ghost tour through Washington, DC. The following tours, many of which are year-round, will have you delightfully spooked as you attempt to walk from haunt to haunt in some of DC's oldest neighborhoods.

U.S. Capitol - Full Moon - Washington, DC
12 Things to See & Do in Anacostia

The historic riverside neighborhood of Anacostia is truly a gem. Some people think all Smithsonian Institution museums live on the National Mall , but Anacostia has its own completely dedicated to the concept of community. Perhaps the most famous member of the Anacostia community, Frederick...

Things to See & Do in Anacostia - Washington, DC
Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

american veterans disabled for life memorial
Visiting the Jefferson Memorial

Where and what is the Jefferson Memorial? The location and architecture of the Jefferson Memorial make it stand out among DC’s amazing array of monuments and memorials. Designed by John Russell Pope in 1925, the memorial resembles the Pantheon in Rome, an adaptation of Neoclassical architecture...

@roy_howell4 - Nighttime at the Jefferson Memorial - Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
Turning Back the Clock with Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

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's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - 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