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.

Visiting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . What and where is the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery? Painting a picture of the many influential people throughout America’s history, the National Portrait Gallery is...

@richasharma284 - National Portrait Gallery - Museums in Washington, DC
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

Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is closed to visitors . It will reopen once the Pentagon returns to offering public tours . Where and what is the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial? The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is a national memorial dedicated to...

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Virginia - Memorials Near 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 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
Guide to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and the three-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival to celebrate the occasion. More than 1.5 million visitors descend upon Washington, DC each year to admire the 3,000-plus trees...

Couple on Tidal Basin Paddleboats - National Cherry Blossom Festival - Washington, DC
10 Reasons to Visit the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC

Washington, DC and the surrounding area are home to numerous national parks , but the city also offers the United States Botanic Garden (100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20001), a living plant museum that informs one million-plus visitors per year of the importance of plants to not just human...

Child at United States Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill - Free living museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Library of Congress in Washington, DC

What and where is the Library of Congress? The Library of Congress is housed across three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC: the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 1st Street SE), the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Avenue SE) and the John Adams Building (2nd Street SE,...

@eandmbambrick - Exploring the Library of Congress - Washington, DC
Visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . What and where is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum? The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located on the National Mall , just south of Independence Avenue...

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC - Museums in DC
Visiting the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Washington, DC

What and where is the U.S. Bureau of Engraving & Printing? The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing , founded in 1862, produces Federal Reserve Notes (also known as paper money, or U.S. dollars) for the Federal Reserve, our country’s central bank (note that coins are made by the United States...

@moremeeces - United States Bureau of Printing and Engraving - Free attraction in Washington, DC