Museums in Washington, DC

All kinds of museums are located in the nation’s capital, name a theme and probably there is a museum about it.
The main portion of the museums in DC, 19 of which, are managed by the Smithsonian Institution (funded by the government) offering free visit and open 364 days a year.



The home to the Smithsonian Visitor Center, the place to learn about the different Smithsonian museums, exhibitions and events as well as tour the magnificent building standing in the national mall since 1855.

Open daily 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.

National Air & Space Museum
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC.

23 Galleries presenting flight-related artifacts in exhibitions about the development of aviation and the US journey to space.

Among the women’s items presented are Emilia Earhart‘s Lockheed Vega 5B, and the Sally Ride’s papers will soon be on display.

The museum has a planetarium and an IMAX theater, held events and activities on a weekly basis.

Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.

 

National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC.

Exhibitions about the American history in many fields, from the colonial era till these days. Do not miss the display of Julia Child’s kitchen and the First Lady’s Dress Collection, an interesting way to see the development of American fashion over the years.

Daily free guided tours and occasional special events.

Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, sometimes till 7:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.



The National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC.

One of the newest museums in the area, presents the history of African-Americans in many aspects and fields, as well as honors African-American leaders, firsts, and celebrities.

Among the items on view are Harriet Tubman’s hymnal, A plantation cabin from South Carolina and more.

Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.

The National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC.

The museum is dedicated to the native Indian legacy, presenting collections of Native objects, photographs, and media in different themed exhibitions.

Maintaining one the largest collection Native American arts and artifacts in the world, some of the items are thousands of years old. Among the items on view are paintings, jewelries, cloths, daily functional items and more. Check out their calendar for occasional events.

Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126.

The national US memorial to the Holocaust, dedicated to teach, document and educate the people about the Holocaust, the World War II genocide of the European Jews and other ethnic groups.

The different exhibitions present artifacts, videos and movies describing the chronological history of the Holocaust from the Nazi rise to power in 1933 till the ghettos and the final solution.

Guided tours, lectures and other activities are offered.

Open daily 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, free admission
For more information check the museum’s website.



Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
437 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.

The Missing Soldier Office museum was the home and office of Clara Barton, during and after the Civil War, before she founded the American Red Cross.

The office helped identify soldiers, reunite them with their families, or bring them to appropriate bury.
Nowadays it is a museum that can be visited on a guided tour to view the restored rooms, presenting the life and work of Barton during the civil war.

Open Thursday – Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM
For more information check this link.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC.


Credit – photographer Highsmith, Carol M., Library of Congress

Located at the last residence in DC of the activist and educator, Mary McLeod Bethune is a museum dedicated to Bethune’s life and achievements.

The house rooms reserved as when Bethune lived there and serve as a wonderful background to learn more about her remarkable life.

Open Thursday – Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM, Free admission
For more information check this link.



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Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
144 Constitution Ave NE Washington, DC 20002.

A museum dedicated to women’s suffrage movement in the US located in the original headquarters of the National Woman’s Party (NWP).

Exhibitions presenting photographs and original artifacts describing the chronical events of the women who led the struggle for women’s voting rights and for equal rights.

Open Wednesday – Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM, Free admission
For more information check this link.

Join a free guided tour to get a glimpse and learn more about one of the most beautiful and largest libraries in the world, the Library of Congress.

Murals on the walls and sculptors scattered around adding to the atmosphere of the magnificent building.

The US Capitol is at a short distance of an underground tunnel or crossing the street.

Open – Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
For more information check the museum’s website.