Washington, D.C., is one of the world’s leading cultural destinations—with dozens of internationally-known museums and galleries, the National Zoo and Embassy Row. At the forefront are the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art, but there are myriad choices for a truly cultural experience in Washington D.C.. Here are a few of our favorites:
THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
Right in the neighborhood, the Phillips Collection is one of D.C.’s premier art spaces thanks to its collection of works by Renoir, van Gogh and O’Keeffe, among others.
1600 21st St N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
A brand of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery features contemporary craft and decorative arts. The museum is located right by The White House.
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th St N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Another sophisticated art gallery in Dupont Circle, the Foundry showcases the work of both emerging and established artists from the D.C. metro area.
1314 18th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Learn about our past at the Anderson House, headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization devoted to remembering those who fought in the American Revolution.
2118 Massachusetts Ave N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
Among the Smithsonian Institution’s many museums, the National Air and Space Museum has the world’s largest collection of vintage aircrafts, an IMAX theater, and more.
Independence Ave and 6th St S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20560
Today the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has 1,800 animals from 300 species in its living collection and is one of Washington’s and the Smithsonian’s most popular tourist destinations.
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM
The International Spy Museum is the only on of it’s kind in the United States. It’s sole dedication to espionage features a vast collection of artifacts and stories of historic secret missions.
800 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
As one of the first buildings constructed in the Smithsonian campus, the National Museum of Natural History has been dedicated to discovery and learning about the natural world since 1910.
10th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C., 20013-7012
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE
Opened in 2016 as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of African American History & Culture showcases the contributions of African Americans throughout history.
1400 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20560
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
Check out the constantly changing exhibits and collections, catch Jazz in the Garden on Friday nights in the summer in the Sculpture Gardens, or go ice skating during the winter.
Located between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Explore personal stories and walk through the exhibits which take on different perspectives of the events that took place during the Holocaust.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024-2126