History & Heritage

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Guide to African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

With its Southern connections, Washington, DC has always had a significant African American population. Before the Civil War, the city was home to a growing number of free Blacks who worked as skilled craftsmen, hack drivers, businessmen and laborers, and slave auctions were outlawed altogether in...

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Visiting the National Archives Building & Museum in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Archives Building & Museum? The National Archives & Records Administration Building and Museum is located on Constitution Avenue NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, just north of the National Mall . The building houses both a museum and the National Archives and...

National Archives Building and Museum - Free Washington, DC Museum with Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
10 Ways to Pay Tribute This Veterans Day in Washington, DC

Many of the monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital honor servicemen and women, shedding light on the immense sacrifices that the U.S. Armed Forces have made to protect this country. On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), as well as the days before and after, virtual and in-person commemorations make...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day - 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 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
How Do I Tour the U.S. Capitol and See Congress in Session?

The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy. The world-famous domed building is home to the United States House of Representatives and Senate; where America’s congressmen and congresswomen conduct business, debate laws and...

@delgadophotos - Your guide to touring the U.S. Capitol - How to see Congress in session
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
Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and where is it? Shining a lens on urban life, the Anacostia Community Museum examines, documents and interprets the impact of historical and contemporary social issues on communities. However, the museum didn't always focus on global communities,...

Visiting the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC
Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC

What is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and where is it? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall pays tribute to the brave members of the U.S. Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War and were killed or missing in action. The memorial consists of three separate parts: The Three Soldiers...

@506thcurrahee - Sunrise at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - 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