Museums

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

15 Can’t-Miss Free Museums on the National Mall

To go with its monuments and memorials, the National Mall boasts an impressive lineup of free museums. Visitors should take advantage of the wide range of experiences on hand, from immersing themselves in classic art to marveling at the wonders of aviation and our natural world. Let your wallet...

Henry the Elephant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Free museum on the National Mall 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
Things to Do This Weekend in Washington, DC

We've got the latest info about what's open and safety guidelines for dining out. As you continue social distancing, we've gathered up some live virtual events and other fun things to do that are going on this weekend. As always , you can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours ,...

@tinatin_fhl Washington Monument and National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
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
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC

Planning your visit to the Natural History Museum The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opened in 1910 to invoke discovery and education of the natural world. Its green dome and immense size (comparable to 18 football fields) are signatures, as well as the 140 million-plus natural...

@ray.payys - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Museums in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is filled with free museums, from Smithsonians including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum, to art-filled museums like the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Art...

Free museum experiences in Washington, DC - Family at the National Gallery of Art East Building on the National Mall
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
Must-See Museum Exhibits, Events & More Ending Soon in Washington, DC

Many events , plays and museum exhibits that have elevated Washington, DC’s arts and culture scene are ending soon. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorites here so that you have an exciting checklist of things to do in the nation's capital. Don't forget to check out the latest updates,...

@chasingkaiphoto - Child jumping in front of the U.S. Capitol building surrounded by fall foliage - Fall in Washington, DC
5 Reasons to Check Out the New Judy Chicago Exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts a new exhibit from one of the most important contemporary artists with The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction , on display from Sept. 19 through Jan. 20, 2020. Judy Chicago continues a 50-year career of taking art lovers to places they have...

Smothered, from The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction - Judy Chicago exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 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