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.

Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC has so many free things to do for those who love to admire creativity, from art museums to cultural events and so much more. Explore the free activities and locations below and you will be amazed at the incredible arts and culture scene in the nation’s capital.

Free arts and culture experiences in Washington, DC - Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden free modern art museum on the National Mall
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . What is the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and where is it? The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is located on Independence Avenue SW on the...

@travelmemories74 - Visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - Free Museum in Washington, Dc
Visiting the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

Please note: The National Air and Space Museum is undergoing a large-scale, multi-year construction project to reimagine the museum. The project is expected to be complete in 2025. During this time, the museum will remain open, but certain exhibits will be closed and collections will be moved to...

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air and Space Museum
Visiting Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Although the zoo previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . Smithsonian's National Zoo is right for you It’s not all elephants and donkeys in DC. At the National Zoo , visitors can find all sorts of animals that don’t subscribe to party...

Smithsonian National Zoo Giant Panda - Washington, DC
Fly High at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . 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 ...

@abroadwife - Child standing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum - Free Smithsonian museum near Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Off the Beaten Path in Washington, DC

Of all the free things to do in Washington, DC, many are offbeat and unusual, but essential sites to see all the same. These hidden treasures should be on everyone’s DC bucket list. So, survey our unique things to do below and take your DC exploration off the beaten path without having to pay a...

Children on Albert Einstein Memorial - Off-the-beaten path memorial in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC

Since its opening in 1993 in the historic City Post Office Building, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has served to honor and celebrate America’s proud postal history. Located next to Union Station in DC’s NoMa neighborhood , the museum houses a vast collection of stamps, historic artifacts...

@abroadwife - Family at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum - Free museum in Washington, DC
Your Guide to Visiting Planet Word

With 2020 drawing to a close, Washington, DC has an exciting new museum to explore. Planet Word is free to visit and features an array of exhibits that are sure to engage, educate and increase enthusiasm about the power of language. Read on for a preview of what to expect at this innovative...

Planet Word Museum Opening
Visiting the National Archives Building & Museum in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Archives Building & Museum? The National Archives & Records Administration Building and Museum is located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, just north of the National Mall . The building houses both a museum and the National Archives and...

National Archives Building and Museum - Free Washington, DC Museum with Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
Visiting the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC

What is the National World War II Memorial and where is it? The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million people who served as part of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, including more than 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The memorial sits along the...

@marcus_ww - Summer sunset at the World War II Memorial - Things to do in Washington, DC