Washington D.C. Museums & Art Galleries

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. Located in an 1897 Georgian Revival townhouse, the intimate museum is a welcome break from the National Mall’s expansive and often daunting museums.

1600 21st St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Claude Taylor Photography

Former White House staffer Claude Taylor opened this gallery in 1998 to sell images he’d captured on his travels. The chock-a-block Dupont Circle space showcases Taylor’s continued passion for exploring: he spends much of each year overseas taking pictures and developing his rolls of film (nothing digital here).

1627 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

The District Warf

The District Warf along the Potomac River Southwest Waterfront offers dining, water sports, shopping, nightlife and kid-friendly activities.  Take out a kayak or paddle boat or stay on land and pop into the shops ranging from boutiques to brands and home decor to bookstores.  Relax in the public parks and gardens or grab a drink and catch a live performance at one of the many restaurants and bars along the waterfront.

735 Water St S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024

Anderson House

Learn about our revolutionary past at the Anderson House, headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization devoted to remembering those who fought in the American Revolution. The Dupont Circle mansion houses an impressive collection of eighteenth-century fine art, furniture and armaments.

2118 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Foundry Gallery

Another sophisticated art gallery in Dupont Circle, the Foundry showcases the work of both emerging and established artists from the D.C. metro area. Rotating exhibits from contemporary creatives show abstract paintings, photographs, sculptures and more.

1314 18th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

National Air and Space Museum

Among the Smithsonian Institution’s many fascinating museums, the National Air and Space Museum is a favorite for families. It has the world’s largest collection of vintage aircrafts, as well as an IMAX theater and interactive exhibits providing an in depth look at the history of flight, from vintage aircrafts to the Wright Brothers’ flyer to space travel.

Independence Ave and 6th St SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

National Zoo

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. NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

Embassy Row

Travel around the world (metaphorically speaking) and admire the magnificent architecture of Embassy Row, where many of Washington’s foreign ambassadors and dignitaries make their homes in ornate, unique mansions.

Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Between Scott Circle and the North side of the United States Naval Observatory

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 Smithsonian buildings constructed, the National Museum of Natural History has been dedicated to discovery and learning about the natural world sine 1910.  Exhibits can be found from all over the world in this museum which is the size of 18 football fields.  Plan to spend a long day here.

10th Street & Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C., 20013-7012

National Gallery of Art

Admission is always free at the 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

Learn about the Holocaust and remember the survivors and victims at the Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Explore personal stories and walk through the exhibits which take on different perspectives of the events that took place.

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024-2126