Check out the Best Museums in Washington DC

Some people enjoy the simple pleasures of modern art and culture, others prefer history both grizzly and great. Whether you love sketches or skeletons a museum is always a pleasant experience to share with friends. Any civilian fortunate enough to live near Washington DC would know of the awesome opportunities presented by the Smithsonian Institution, an organisation that provides free access to a wealth of knowledge stored across one of its many museums.The sheer mass of exhibits to explore would break beyond the confines of a single day…or even two!Technology, Biology, Music, History, Art and much more await any who venture within these top museums to visit in Washington DC.

1. National Gallery of Art

A wonderful location filled with endless activities and sources of historical/artistic knowledge this gallery boasts pieces by world renowned, era defining artists. The location welcomes travelling exhibits to display themselves from time to time including works from Camille Corot and Dutch Golden Age Paintings.
Features Include:
1. Art by Leonardo da Vinci and El Greco.
2. Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.
3. Outdoor Sculpture Garden.

Can be found: 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565, United States
Free Admission on Monday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm.
No Admission during Christmas and New Year’s Day.

2. National Museum of American History

The perfect place to go for a proud American who takes interest in his or her heritage, this place celebrates all things red white and blue and has displayed exhibits including a memorial to the world renowned musical artist Prince. A location that is definitely worth your time you get the chance to visit.

Features Include:
1. The Star Spangled Banner responsible for Francis Scott Key’s inspired poem.
2. Various gowns worn by Michelle Obama.
3. The original Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the classic film TheWizard of Oz.
4. A Theater containing 261 seats that displays both 2D and 3D films.

Can be found:
1300 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Free Admission everyday 10 am – 5 pm excluding Christmas.

3. Newseum

Probably the best named addition to the list based on the pun alone, this location is packed full of a variety of interactive exhibits involving journalism and watershed events. DC is host to national news almost every day which means the success of this institution isn’t particularly surprising. Be warned, some of the details provided here can be distressing.

Features include:
1. A record of the most iconic moments in the history of journalism.
2. An Exhibit displaying respectful reminders of the September 11 Incident.
3. An Exhibit displaying a information regarding the events of the Berlin Wall.
4. A Gallery containing “Pictures of the Year”.
5. A fully interactive newsroom.
6. Displays regarding the 2016 presidential election and the Vietnam War.
7. A Exhibition chronicling the 1969 riots over gay rights at the Stonewall Inn (Coming March 2019)

Can be found:
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Adult Admission costs $24.95 (aged 16-64).
Senior Admission costs $19.95 (aged 65 or over).
Child Admission costs $14.95 (aged 7-18).
Free Admission is available for children under 7.
Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

4. International Spy Museum

Do you think you have what it takes to be a spy? Why not take a trip the decades and learn all
the different methods that were used to conceal information from enemy eyes. What you learn may shock you, you have been warned so if you fancy yourself a 007 this is the place for you.
Features include:
1. Information involving some of the most historically significant methods of encryption and secret communication.
2. Occasional talks give by authors, specialists and espionage veterans.

Can be found:
800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Adult Admission costs $22.95 (aged 12-64).
Senior Admission costs $16.95(aged 65 or over) or any military of law enforcement qualified.
Open every day from 10 am – 6 pm excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

5. Hirshhorn Museum of Sculpture Garden

A brain warping decent into the heart of the abstract and contemporary, if you like modern art and want to challenge the limits of your perspective the is the ideal place for you. After emerging from the treasure trove of art available you may never be the same.
Features include:
1. Washington DC most impressive collection of Modern Art and Sculptures.
2. The Exhibit entitled “Art and Commodity in the 1980’s”.
3. The Exhibit entitled “What Absence is Made Of”.
4. Exhibit entitled “Baselitz” (Will close soon if not already).

Can be found:
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560, United States
Free Admission every day between 10 am – 5:30 pm excluding Christmas.

6. National Portrait Gallery

A place that is littered with visages of great and influential people, ranging from Martin Luther King to John F. Kennedy. There are many secrets contained within the walls of this political depository of history and tragedy…Not the most cheerful of places but educational to say the least.

Features include:
1. Information and portraits involving the past of famous figures such as Barack and Michelle Obama among other presidential families, sports icons and revolutionaries.
Can be found:
8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001, United States
Free Admission between 11:30 am  – 7 pm every day except Christmas, this building also houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

7. National Air and Space Museum

Want to learn more about the mechanical processes that enables man to soar through the sky or drift through an ocean of celestial beauty? This museum includes a multitude of different insights into the cognitive ingenuity that conquered the limitations of nature itself.
Features include:
1. Access to the Eisenhower Planetarium.
2. The opportunity to try astronaut Ice Cream.
3. An IMAX Theater.
4. A wealth of knowledge involving space and air travel.

Can be found:
600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Free Admission between 10 am – 5:30 pm excluding Christmas.

8. National Geographic Museum

A well developed museum filled with a varied range of geographical marvels, previous exhibits have included subjects such as crocodiles sharks, Indiana Jones and Greek history. This location provides a truly bespoke insight into the trials and rewards of geographic exploration and study.
Features include:
1. Home of the “Tomb of Christ” Exhibit (Coming 2nd January 2019)
2. A featured Exhibit focused on the history of the Titanic.
3. A large and fleshed out research collection for visitors to benefit from.

Can be found:
1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Adult Admission costs $15.00.
Concession Admission costs $12.00 for students, seniors and military members.
Child Admission costs $10.00.
Opening Hours from 10 am – 6 pm every day excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas.

9. National Museum of African American History and Culture

A beautiful testament to the endurance of an entire people who stood up for the right to be equal to their oppressors. This museum harbours the resources to open your eyes to a world of injustice and apartheid that we have thankfully left behind.
Features include:
1. A pleasant mix of artifacts relevant to sports, pop-culture and music.
2. Emotionally charged reminders of the devastating effects of slavery and the civil rights movement.
3. Access to food from historically relevant cultures involved with the African American people.

Can be found:
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
Admission is free between 10 am and 5:30 pm

10. The National Archives Museum

This particular museum doubles as a hub for a vast, near insurmountable quantity of historical documents that chronicle the birth of America, thought the interior is a little labyrinthine. This is a place that every American should visit at least once in their life simply out of respect for what it stands for so if you’re ever in the area it will most certainly be worth it.

Features include:
1. The Declaration of Independence.
2. A large accumulation of historical documents that detail the birth of democracy.
3. The US Bill of Rights.

Can be found:
701 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20408, USA
Free Admission between 10 am and 5:30 pm excluding Christmas and Thanksgiving.

11. National Museum of the American Indian

This little trip into American history will educate you on the rustic lifestyle of the indigenous occupants of the continent. You will learn how they hunted, used their tools and practiced their beliefs all followed by sampling accurately prepared food from the culture. Whether you are interested in history or just have an empty stomach this place will suit your needs.
Features include:
1. Access to traditional Native American Food.
2. Provides a clear insight into Native American craftsmanship and culture.

Can be found:
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, United States
Free Admission between 10 am-5:30 pm every day excluding Christmas.

All the modern art and culture enthusiasts there, hop on-board various bus services of OurBus from Philadelphia to DC, Ithaca to DC or from Allentown to DC and explore the world of museums!

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