Free Attractions

Explore DC’s museums, memorials and other attractions without breaking the bank. There are more than 100 free things to do in Washington, DC.

Guide to Visiting the Reopened Washington Monument

The Washington Monument reopened on Sept. 19 after a renovation that modernized the elevator and increased long-term reliability and safety. Check the National Park Service's website for updates before you plan your visit. Built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental...

Washington Monument from the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season - The National Mall in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Where and what is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History? The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW on the National Mall . The four-level museum opened on Sept. 24, 2016, becoming the...

@aishaslens - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Winter in Washington, DC

There’s nothing like a trip to Washington, DC in winter. The nation’s capital is filled with free winter activities and gorgeous holiday displays, serving as a great destination to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Eve or any winter holiday. From festive events to holiday markets, Washington, DC...

Free Things to Do This Winter in Washington, DC - Holiday light displays, celebrations and more
Visiting the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC

What is the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and where is it? The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden displays some of the most unique artworks in modern and contemporary art, including painting, sculpture and photography. Located at the corner of 7th Street and Independence...

@teamgrayduck - Outside the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden - Free modern art museum on the National Mall 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
Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

African American history and culture is an essential part of experiencing Washington, DC. The city that hosted the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech features a memorial dedicated to King, as well as numerous other free-to-experience sites that help you to...

Free African American History and Culture Experiences in Washington, DC - Contemplative Court inside the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Visiting the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC

A visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is to be transported to a trying time in American history, an era rife with economic depression and international conflict. The memorial, which honors the 32nd president of the United States, is composed of four “outdoor rooms” which represent each...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - National Mall - Washington, DC
Visiting the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial will be closed from Sept. 16, 2019 until late May 2020 for repairs that will address issues with the memorial's lighting and electrical system. The Memorial Gateway entrance will remain open to the public until Nov. 16, 2019, while the Pentagon Chapel and the 9/...

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Virginia - Memorials Near Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Free Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC - July Fourth Fireworks, Parades, Free Festivals and More
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