History & Heritage

The country’s history starts with our own history and heritage.

Turning Back the Clock with Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

You might have heard that Washington, DC has experienced a significant resurgence in recent years, as new restaurants, retail and attractions flock to the city. Few people have witnessed as much change in the District as Virginia Ali, who, along with her husband Ben, opened up the DC institution...

Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - 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
Visiting the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

Where and what is the Jefferson Memorial? The location and architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial make it stand out among DC’s amazing array of monuments and memorials . Designed by John Russell Pope in 1925, the memorial resembles the Pantheon in Rome, an adaptation of Neoclassical...

@roy_howell4 - Nighttime at the Jefferson Memorial - Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
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
Free Things to Do: History & Heritage in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is full of free things to do, and many involve American history, heritage and culture. Below, you will find numerous free museums and attractions, including the city’s iconic monuments and memorials on the National Mall. After exploring these landmarks, there’s no doubt you will have...

Free historic sites and heritage experiences in Washington, DC - Morning at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall
20+ Things to Do This January in Washington, DC

As you continue to practice social distancing and DC gradually reopens, we've gathered up some things to do this January, 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...

@coco_dcdoodle - The Wharf s'more truck
The History of Washington, DC

Founded on July 16, 1790, Washington, DC is unique among American cities because it was established by the Constitution of the United States to serve as the nation’s capital. You can read the actual line at the National Archives. From its beginning, it has been embroiled in political maneuvering,...

Washington, DC Aerial View
20 Ways to Celebrate Women's History Month in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate the success of women, especially during March, which carries the title of Women's History Month. There are plenty of ways to pay homage to the tremendous accomplishments of women, from checking out a new museum exhibit to experiencing a live show...

@peruvianmafiosa - Visitor at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Women-focused attraction and museum in Washington, DC
8 Ghost Tours Sure to Spook You in Washington, DC

This Halloween season , consider a fright-inducing walking ghost tour through Washington, DC. The following tours, many of which are year-round, will have you delightfully spooked as you attempt to walk from haunt to haunt in some of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Please observe the safety guidelines...

U.S. Capitol - Full Moon - Washington, DC
Guide to Visiting the Washington Monument

After years of extensive renovations, the Washington Monument reopened to the public on Sept. 19, 2019 with a modernized elevator and increased long-term reliability and safety. After recently being closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, visitors are now able to book tours as of Oct. 1...

Washington Monument