Arts & Culture

Get acquainted with the thriving arts and culture scene in Washington, DC.

Visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Gallery of Art? The National Gallery of Art and its gorgeous Sculpture Garden (which features an ice rink in the winter time) are located on Constitution Avenue NW between 3rd and 9th Streets NW. Through its East and West Buildings, the museum preserves, collects and...

@jasmine.huang_ - Courtyard in the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC
20+ Things to Do This October in Washington, DC

As you continue to practice social distancing and DC gradually reopens, we've gathered up some things to do this October, including safe in-person activities and virtual events. You can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours , neighborhood tours , TV and movies streaming ideas with a...

Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon
Visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC

Safety & Reopening The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery have reopened with new safety protocols and reduced hours. Free, timed-entry passes are required for the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Face coverings are required for visitors age six and up. Visitors should...

@discoverwithblake - Electronic Superhighway at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Free museum in Washington, DC
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
What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

@brenntravels - Summer sunset over DC skyline flying into Reagan Airport - Best views of Washington, DC
The Need-to-Know Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The History of the Kennedy Center President John F. Kennedy famously loved and promoted the arts, inviting authors and musicians to the White House and laying the groundwork for the the National Endowment for the Arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , the performing arts...

Outside the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC - Guide to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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
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 check back soon for even more exhibits. Don't forget: many of DC's...

Visitors at the National Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Free art museum in Washington, DC
Color Me DC: 15 Ways to Embrace Spring Colors in Washington, DC

Pink is perhaps the most popular color in DC come springtime, as the city’s famous cherry blossoms bloom . However, you can find nearly the entire color spectrum when you peruse DC's museums, attractions, restaurants and neighborhoods. Lucky for you, we've picked out the best ways to discover all...

@beautifulpaper - 'LOVE' mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Colorful things to do in Washington, DC
3 Days of African American History & Heritage in Washington, DC

Disclaimer: Please note that due to COVID-19, some attractions detailed below may be closed or have limited hours. Please visit our dedicated page for more information.

MLK Memorial at Night - National Mall - Washington, DC