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.

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
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
Visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

What is the Korean War Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Korean War Veterans Memorial resides on the National Mall , southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool. All of its components, including its walls, stainless steel statues and Pool of Remembrance, are...

The Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall - Monuments and memorials in Washington, DC
How Can I Tour the White House in Washington, DC?

Due to the coronavirus crisis, tours are currently being conducted on Fridays and Saturdays, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. The number of allowed guests has also been reduced. Requesting a White House tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through...

The White House
Your Guide to Visiting the Glenstone Museum

What you should know before going to Glenstone Glenstone is located at 12100 Glen Road in Potomac, Md., roughly 40 minutes from downtown DC by car. Parking is readily available. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glenstone asks that its guests reserve a visit in...

@smaturu - Your guide to visiting the Glenstone Museum - Free modern art museum in Maryland near 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
Visiting the Marine Corps War Memorial

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial 's world-famous statue, which is based on the iconic photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, depicts the six Marines who raised of the second American flag at Iwo Jima in the Japanese Volcano Islands on February 23, 1945, signifying the...

@michaeldphotos - sunset at Marine Corps Memorial
Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC

A visit to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is a solemn and powerful reminder of the very human cost of war. The memorial “conveys a combination of strength and vulnerability, of loss and renewal… through juxtaposition of granite and glass,” according to the National Park Service,...

Guide to Visiting the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC
10 Exhibits to Check Out at Reopened Museums in Washington, DC

With numerous DC museums reopening their doors over the last several weeks, many captivating exhibits that were on hold are now open to the public. Below, we’ve gathered displays that are sure to inspire you through story and dazzle you through creativity. We’ve made sure to include the safety...

@nittanypanda - Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery in Downtown - Free museum in Washington, DC
Things to Know About the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Updates About Visiting the Cherry Blossoms Please find the latest recommendations from the National Park Service and the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority below: According to the National Park Service on March 21: "The National Park Service strongly urges anyone considering a visit to see the...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial surrounded by cherry blossoms - Free things to do in Washington, DC