Museums

Make your time in Washington, DC a masterpiece with museums farther than the eye can see.

Your Guide to Visiting Planet Word

With 2020 drawing to a close, Washington, DC has an exciting new museum to explore. Planet Word is free to visit and features an array of exhibits that are sure to engage, educate and increase enthusiasm about the power of language. Read on for a preview of what to expect at this innovative...

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Visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC

Safety & Reopening National Museum of Women in the Arts has reopened with new safety standards. Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase timed tickets in advance. Face masks and social distancing are required, and frequent hand-washing is encouraged. Elevator capacity is restricted to one...

@beingmakeda - Art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts - Museum 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
An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC

What is the Smithsonian Institution? Collectively called the Smithsonian Institution, the world-renowned museum and research complex consists of 17 museums and galleries in Washington, DC, including the National Zoo . From the origins of man at the Natural History Museum to the future of space...

An Overview of the Smithsonian Institution Museums in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

Although this museum previously reopened, as of November 23 it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more . Where and what is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History? The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is located at...

@aishaslens - Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in 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
Your Guide to Visiting the New International Spy Museum in Washington, DC

Formerly a fixture in DC’s Downtown neighborhood, the International Spy Museum has moved to a new facility in L’Enfant Plaza, located in the Southwest Waterfront. The state-of-the-art museum offers enough spy-related intrigue and interactive fun to fill an entire day. The museum is open from 10 a.m...

Visitors in the Decision Room at the new International Spy Museum - Museums and attractions in Washington, DC
The Smithsonian Castle: Gateway to Museums & History

Brit benefactor and an American castle For a man who never set foot in Washington, DC, French-born, British-raised James Smithson has had a huge impact on the city. The British scientist (1765-1829), an illegitimate son of a Duke, left his considerable fortune to a nephew with the stipulation that...

@travelwith_caro - Summer scene at the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall - The best things to do this summer in Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC

What are the Freer and Sackler Galleries and how do I get there? The vibrant and colorful world of Asian art is all around at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art , both located on the National Mall and part of the Smithsonian Institution museums . The Sackler Gallery is...

Family at the Smithsonian Freer|Sackler Galleries on the National Mall - Free museums in Washington, DC
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