Museums

Make your time in Washington, DC a masterpiece with museums farther than the eye can see.

Visiting the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Washington, DC

What and where is the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing? The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing , founded in 1862, produces Federal Reserve Notes (also known as paper money, or U.S. dollars) for the Federal Reserve, our country’s central bank (note that coins are made by the United States...

@moremeeces - United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving - Free attraction in Washington, DC
Visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Museum of Women in the Arts? The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is located at 1250 New York Avenue NW in DC's Downtown neighbohood . Founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum on the planet solely dedicated to celebrating the...

@beingmakeda - Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Newseum

What and where is the Newseum? The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, situated between the U.S. Capitol and the White House . The seven-level museum opened in 2008 with the intention of promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press,...

Newseum exterior at sunset - Museums in Washington, DC
14 Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

Check out our end-of-the-week picks and discover all of the best events, festivals, museum exhibits, concerts and more happening in the nation’s capital. Friday Beat the 100-Degree Heat With temperatures expected to hit the triple digits this weekend, there are quite a few ways you can find relief...

@kari_priceless - Children playing in the Yards Park splash fountain in Washington, DC's Capitol Riverfront neighborhood
20+ Cool Museums in Washington, DC That Aren’t On the National Mall

Washington, DC is known for being home to world-class museums . In addition to the fabulous slate of free museums along the National Mall , the District is home to a vast collection of high quality museums to investigate everything from crime and news to art, history and more.

@eviienne - Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle - Art Museum in Washington, DC
20+ Autumn Museum Exhibits You Don’t Want to Miss in Washington, DC

Arts and culture reign each fall in Washington, DC, as both theaters and museums debut new attractions. Below, we’ve gathered some of the most intriguing exhibits and displays to be found at DC’s museums throughout the season. And don't forget: many of these museums can be visited for free. • • •...

Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC
6 Reasons Why You Must Visit the New Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

After a five-year renovation, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has reopened its David H. Koch Hall of Fossils . The $110 million, 31,000-square-foot exhibit’s theme is Deep Time , borrowed from a scientific phrase that illustrates how Earth’s history has played out over billions...

Dinosaur fossil at Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History - Free Smithsonian Museum exhibit in Washington, DC
6 Reasons to Check Out ‘Soy Isla’ at The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection wants to introduce you to one of the most innovative and prolific abstract artists with Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island) . The long overdue exhibition masterfully illuminates the life and work of Sánchez (born in 1926 in Havana), from her humble beginnings in Cuba to...

A visitor with Zilia Sánchez, Lunar con tatuaje (Moon with Tattoo), c. 1968/96. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 71 × 72 × 12 in., Collection of the artist, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. Photo: Rhiannon Newman
The Smithsonian Castle: Gateway to Museums & History

Brit benefactor and an American castle For a man who never set foot in Washington, DC, French-born, British-raised James Smithson has had a huge impact on the city. The British scientist (1765-1829), an illegitimate son of a Duke, left his considerable fortune to a nephew with the stipulation that...

@travelwith_caro - Summer scene at the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall - The best things to do this summer in Washington, DC
Fly High at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

All about the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Opened in 2003, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center serves as a partner facility to the National Air and Space Museum . The two locations together attract more than 8 million visits per year, making the National Air and Space complex the most...

@abroadwife - Child standing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum - Free Smithsonian museum near Washington, DC