Smithsonian

History, science, art and culture live at these Washington, DC museums and sites.

Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and where is it? The National Museum of African Art is located on Independence Avenue SW on the National Mall . The museum possesses the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States, with roughly 12,000 objects in total...

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
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
Visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

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

@discoverwithblake - Electronic Superhighway at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free museum 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
An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian Institution? Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, including the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC

Safety and Reopening While the museum and plaza remain closed, you can still wander through the whimsical Sculpture Garden, which is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors age six and older are required to wear face coverings. Although entry is free and passes are not required, the number of...

@teamgrayduck - Outside the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden - Free modern art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC
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
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
Visiting the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC

What are the Freer and Sackler Galleries and how do I get there? The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art , both located on the National Mall and part of the Smithsonian Institution museums . The Sackler Gallery is...

Family at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries on the National Mall - Free museums in Washington, DC
4 Reasons to Check Out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC

Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival , a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2020 edition takes place from June 24-28 and July 1-5, and the festival will focus on Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Read on to learn what...

Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Washington, DC