Best Free Museums In Washington Near Me

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1. Freer Gallery of Art

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185 reviews
Freer Gallery of Art
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: Art museum



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Jozlantice Tucker: This museum stop for me was very spur of the moment. We thought we weren't going to be in there long, but everything was so nice we spent alot of time there. As we walked it showed us different geographic areas of Asian art. My favorite was the pottery and the Indian sculptures. This museum also connects to the African art museum I think. Very nice place to pace yourself and just look at the art. This place gave a nice sense of peace.

Hilda Kroll: Unfortunately, the Freer and Sackler are temporarily closing again. Luckily, I got to see the fabulous Fashioning an Empire exhibit today. I hope it will still be here when the museum reopens in the future.

LeeAnna Springer: Well layed out and easy to see every piece on display. All prices have a label with clear explanations of the history of the object. Quiet and clean with a nice gift shop on the basement level.

travelswithadiplomat: Superb small museum and gallery. Wandered in on Thursday (only open Thursday to Sunday) and barely saw another person which enabled a very peaceful, languid inspection of everything. The Peacock Room makes this a must-visit place on the Mall. Ambience quiet, cool temperatures, well labeled artifacts giving context. Highly recommended.

Gary Seybold: This was a great museum to visit on a cold Saturday! Lovely Asian art to see and wonder how they were created so beautifully such a long time ago. How they managed to stay in such great condition is another mystery!! Visit and you will not be disappointed!

Heleen Raes: This museum has a beautiful collection of Asian art, including the gorgeous peacock room. It’s very nice to visit.

Mario Moquete: I wish I could have spent more time in this museum. Amazing exhibits

Ken Woods: Stumbled upon this gem and enjoyed every minute of my visit. More information on how the pieces were acquired should accompany the art itself. Unless we don't want to talk about that.

Sherazade Ariavand: One of my favorite museums. Can't wait for the renovation to be done.

Satyaki Mitra: Excellent collecion of predominantly historical art from the far east, west Asia and the Indian subcontnent.

2. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: Natural history museum



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Ian Bozung: The museum is a gem! It's 2 floors, tons of fun interactive exhibits, and it includes over 145 million specimens (99% of which are not visible). There's tons of halls, including mammals, dinosaurs, skeletons, ancient Egypt, human origins, pandemics, and more. Of course there's also the iconic elephant statues in the atrium. I would recommend 2-3 hours, maybe even 4 if you're going thoroughly to see everything. I would highly recommend if you're bored in DC and want something to do.

Luke Chang: Free museum. Great for kids. Lots of interesting exhibits. I went during Cherry Blossom 🌸 peak week so it was pretty crowded on a Saturday. I spent 3+ hours exploring. There’s 3 floors. Definitely recommend. There something for everyone.

Ashok Patel: This is one of the most visited and most popular museums in the world and it’s free (of course from our tax money). The museum has the largest natural history collection (145 million specimens) in the world. It is really interesting, informative and fun to delve into the story of our planet from the beginning and how the life evolved over a period of time. There are excellent exhibits for kids as well for all ages of people. Unfortunately, there is no public parking facility there. If you are lucky, you may get the metered parking otherwise you have to park in the commercial parking garages nearby. There is nice cafeteria with great food in the museum. There are lots of food trucks outside the museum serving variety of food. I loved the exhibit of minerals and gems. There are so amazing pieces of gems and rocks, I bet you have never seen before. There is so much to see that you can’t finish in one day. Some of the exhibits we even didn’t explore due to time constraints. But we will definitely go back and enjoy the same or remaining exhibits. It was busy but not too crowded, we didn’t have to fight for the space. May be it was a weekday, so it wasn’t too bad. This is a must see attraction in Washington DC.

Jennifer Crawford: We had a great time! There was no wait to get in, even with security screenings at the door. It was quite crowded both days we visited, but we were still able to see every exhibit in a reasonable amount of time. Masks are required throughout the building, but that was no issue for us. My 7 and 10yo LOVED all the exhibits and were blown away every time we rounded a corner. I highly recommend it if you're in DC!

Sassy Sauce: Great museum for kids and adults. We went on the weekend and it was packed with people but we were able to move around with moderate congestion. The gift store was reasonable and there was some unique items available. For the little ones, I would bring a stroller if you’re up to pushing it because their legs will get tired. There were places to sit but they weren’t plentiful. The food court was open but we didn’t purchase anything. You can bring your own goods and water inside the museum. There is plenty to see and read for everyone. Highly recommend for families with small kids (probably 2 and up)

Ken Miyakawa: For me was the most impressive collections of specimens from around the world I was able to see I can spend the whole day in here and not be able to watch everything. The dinosaurs bones was my favorite part this place is definitely for the whole family and I will strongly recommend to visit it! This will be in my top five favorite museums for sure. The only thing is they close at 5:30 pm I wish they close later because I will need at least Two full days to cover the whole place.

China Reese: This place is immense. Spent six hours there and still didn't get to see everything. Word to the wise? Plan ahead and tackle the exhibits you want to see the most first. The gemstone exhibit, located on the third floor, features some of the rarest jewelry in the world, including the Hope Diamond. The animal exhibit, located on the second floor, was my favorite as it featured life sized realistic replicas of wild animals. There is a cafe but forewarning, the prices are theme park rates. Food and drinks are not allowed with the exception of water and there is a security point check similar to an airport TSA check to ensure the safety of the public and artifacts. It was incredibly packed when we went so just keep that in mind if and when you decide to go. 10/10

bEp pen: Great museum, fun and informative for all ages, children and adults alike. So much to see. Give yourself a few hours to take in how much there is here. In addition to the Hope Diamond, there is an extensive gem and minerals exhibit. There is something for everyones interest. Best of all, the admission is free! We had planned on seeing both the Natural History museum and the American History Museums of the Smithsonian, but had time for just one that day. Will go back and do the same to properly explore just as we did at the Natural History Museum. It is centrally located from the other Smithsonian museums and very close walk to Smithsonian Metro Station.

Lu: First time in D.C. and loved visiting this museum. Spent 3hrs here enjoying the exhibits. Nice that it’s free so anyone can go to enjoy learning something new. Gift shop is a must too! If you do make the trip I’d say bring a snack or lunch if you don’t feel like buying food there. Unfortunately the Space and air museum was closed due to construction when I was there.

Tri Vo: No joke, one of the best museum I've visited period. There's a little something for everyone. The infos were great, the artifacts cool and beautiful. The whole place is well designed so one can just keep walking and walking without thinking that they are leaving one exhibit to another. But yeah, this place is amazing and would definitely recommend to anyone.

3. National Museum of African American History and Culture

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National Museum of African American History and Culture
Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.9
Variety Functions
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (844) 750-3012

Business type: National museum



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Dani Isthebest: The amount of History is amazing. Did you know the tickets come out the first Wednesday of the month before? I figured this out Thursday and could only book a Sunday @1030a. It's about a 2' drive or on the train from DE to DC. We actually lucked up and found free parking but I did see meters other places so check the parking situation. The Museum is gorgeous. To get to the main exhibit is was about a 25 minute wait to get in there. But once in, Wow! Two hours is really not enough time to see it all but it can be tiresome to some with all the walking. This place is also handicap accessible and can provide elevators if needed. Eat before you go or they have a Cafe but it closes around 3p. You must be vaccinated to go into the cafe. NO vaccination required to visit the exhibits.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. Since the beginning of Covid, a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online. We hope you will visit again. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum! Thank you for submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Nabou Fall: Powerful, emotional, rich, fair, i learnt so much & i really appreciated the respect for gender diversity. Women are given their place in the history of African Americans as well as the diaspora. Must see. But you need to book even if it's free.
Response: Dear Nabou, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Janine Howard: It was very very informative, sad at first and then mad as you go along. It's a kuseum that needs to be visited more than once and I can't wait to go back!
Response: Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum, and we thank you for providing your personal experience and tips for visiting the museum. We are glad you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Shaniece Heath: 1st time visiting the museum and I highly recommend viewing the Concourse exhibit if you do nothing else. The concourse is where the Emmitt Till exhibit is located and that did have the longest wait time, but more than worth it. There were so many beautiful artifacts and amazing visuals to go along with some of the images and artifacts. The 1st floor when you walk in was also overwhelming hearing the audio of the slaves saying they rather jump ship than travel to an unknown world without their families!

Tamekia Buckner: Was amazing! 2nd floor was closed, so cannot wait until we return. Got free tickets 1 month in advance from their website.
Response: Dear Tamekia, Thank you for letting us know about your recent experience with NMAAHC. The Museum remains extremely popular, and we are limiting the number of people who can enter the museum for the safety of all visitors and staff. Passes do go very quickly but a limited number of same-day passes are available each day the Museum is open starting at 8:15AM EST. Go to NMAAHC.si.edu/visit to view the availability of passes. All passes are distributed online, there will be no passes available at the Museum. We are glad you've had a great experience with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and plan to return soon! Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Corey Trusty: It was a good trip to the museum. It was fast and easy to get access. I was able to get tickets the day of for the time I wanted. The museum exhibits were done very well and tastefully. The museum is absolutely huge and I would for shire come back. The only issue is the parking in the National Mall is terrible. But overall good experience. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you will for sure be getting your steps in and it is a must go!!!

Melvin Thomas: A great museum. Lots of history. Some of the images and artifacts cause sadness realizing the time span of the atrocities, some of them surprisingly recent. Some exhibits also celebrate black contributions, mostly in sports and entertainment. Maybe they will add more black inventors and contributors to the sciences.
Response: Dear Melvin, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Monique Bonner: I really enjoyed this museum. We easily spent 3 hours in there and didn't see the whole thing. I will definitely be going again but not with a 3 year next time. 🙃
Response: Dear Monique, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Valencia Brown: This museum totally captures the horrific moments in time that African Americans endored. Its about time there is a historic National museum that acknowledges that that these events in American history did indeed occur, and the role Americans had in the slave trade. The overcoming of oppression, justice and equality is still a fight, however the advances and contributions made in history from African Americans are undeniable. This museum encompass all of this and more! Highly recommend attending. Best of all, its free!
Response: Dear Valencia, Thank you for visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture and providing your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiasm for the museum and passion for African American history. We thank you for sharing your personal experience visiting the museum and hope you plan to return! Thank you for visiting and submitting a review. Sincerely, Visitor and Guest Services National Museum of African American History and Culture

Erny Prada: Very humbling experience about the history of the world and the African American suffering. There's also a lot of good reminders about the power of the people, united, to make a positive change, and the neverending battle for equality. One day is not enough to visit this museum. Thanks to those that put this all together, everyone needs to see it.
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4. Anacostia Community Museum

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Anacostia Community Museum
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-4820

Business type: Museum



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Donyell Little: One of Southeast DC’s hidden gems. It takes about 30 minutes to see everything. The staff is always nice and I learn something new every time I visit. It’s worth a look, if you are in the DC area and have a few moments. They have free parking with about 20 spots and a nice outdoor picnic area.

Shibachan Ruru: One of my favorite museums in DC so far. I really enjoyed their exhibition, “A Right to the City”, which shows how residents in DC have been displaced by urban renewal projects and how they have fought back for their interests and needs through different forms of activism. You get to really appreciate DC’s history and community. Very community oriented and definitely worth a visit!!

Theresa Stowell: Wonderful community based museum with engaging and relevant exhibit. We were there for the food justice exhibit. Had enough to keep a 7 year old interested and learning while the adults looked and learned more deeply. The educator on site was very helpful. Beautiful outdoor portion as well. Easy and free parking

Ms. Kael C: A wonderful and at the same time sad walk down memory lane is what the "A Right to the City" exhibit was for me. So much history. So much change. If you can make time it's definitely worth your time to visit.

Toby Smith: Humbled and inspired by the Food Injustice exhibit. So powerful and complicated… hits home nationwide. Sad to see Mitch… lived in DC as he was changing lives. The opportunities to do something are awesome! Staff just loves on you from the minute you hit the door. Must see this one.

Greg Goomrigian: Unfortunately closed to the public.We were able to participate in a group session with the museum staff.It was a wonderful educational experience for our students and would highly recommend

Angela Diggs: I enjoyed Saturday and Sunday. Love the exhibits on display. Got a chance to meet the new director very pleasant. We loved all activities this weekend. Keep up the good work. Let's not forget Chocolate City.

Michael Huang: Not a Smithsonian that you would stumble upon but a great experience all DC residents should have. I recommend combining it with Trip to Frederick Douglas's home since it's a smaller museum. Staff is very warm and welcoming when you come in

Rochelle Olaleye: Such rich local history. Washington, DC activists have empowered many grassroots organizations to build better communities serving all constituencies. I was impressed by the stories of engaged communities advocating for good change and support, pushing back on displacement and disenfranchisement.

Gerald MCINTOSH: Always a great place for learning. Small but can enjoy a entire exhibit in one day. Always quite and has a beautiful outdoor setting for a picnic. Changes exhibit about every 3 to 6 months. Great for Afrikans in America to experience. Fredrick Douglass house is close by. A must see! Help to keep these places alive in our community.

5. National Archives Museum

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National Archives Museum
Location
4.7
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 701 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20408

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 357-5000

Business type: National museum



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Ewa Cissik: So much more to see her than just the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, for those documents just get up there and look at them. People try to do this line business and then the security personnel have to break it up to move everyone along. It’s silly. Not everyone wants to read all the other information around those documents, so the ridiculously long line through the whole rotunda makes no sense. And others really want to read it all slowing down said silly line. Hope you will have a friendly, reasonable security guard when you visit too. The other galleries are worth a look as well. My teenage son and I enjoyed about 1.5 hours in the Archives building. To comment on entering the building, we only waited about 15-20 minutes on a Wednesday in June shortly after it opened for the day. When we were leaving noonish, there was no line. Paying for timed passes would not have been worth it on our day.

Tom Fenton: A thoroughly humbling experience and one that everyone, whether American or someone aspiring to the fundamentals ideas of freedom and liberty should experience. Went on a Sunday morning in January, in the 20s outside. Museum was quiet and more enjoyable because so. I'd booked a few weeks in advance, make sure you book a timed slot! You won't receive tickets via email but instead give your name to a guard at the entrance. Expect mini airport style security but both my bag and bottle of water made it thru unmolested! Security guards were great throughout in giving direction. No photos are allowed inside.

H Hosier: The National Archives was a wonderful experience. Tickets are not currently required but you do have to stand in line and wait for admittance. Be prepared to go through security. The Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Constitution and many other items of historical significance are housed here. We were here midweek at a weird hour and it was still fairly crowded and hard to get close to the Declaration. The security doesn't want you to stand in line but to roam about freely, but if you do roam about freely then you never get close enough to actually see the Declaration. 🤷‍♀️ Be better prepared than us and have more time then you think you need so you don't have to rush. It would have been so much nicer if we had more time. Very worth it. Photography isn't allowed inside the building. ☹️ Its free. Public entry is at the corner of 9th and Constitution Ave.

Dan Wells: I had a very pleasant visit to the Archives, I found I was oddly emotional that there were books on display that Thomas Jefferson held and read. The building is beautiful too.

Klau Pao: A very beautiful building holding the most important documents of this country, the melting pot of the world. The security is very strict, but it should as this building holds 13.28 billion pages of textual records and more. The lines were long as there was many field trips going in, there was a lot of young people that didn't take the place seriously, but we were able to enjoy reading and admiring the most important documents that made this country better, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It's a MUST if you love History and freedom!

Ashley Howerton: This is must. Make sure to get tickets online in advance so you get in. Sadly no photos are allowed to be taken inside. But you get to see the orginal documents of the bill of rights, the constitution, and the declaration of independence. There is a lot of armed guards near these so don't try to take a photo. All the workers were nice and some had knowledge of stuff in the building. The documents are upstairs and other documents are downstairs when you first get through security

Ilyse Wagner: Excellent experience! The exhibit on rights was amazing. I felt the need to read everything. As expected, the rotunda with the Declaration of Independence does get crowded, so be prepared for that. Despite the crowds, guests were considerate and moved through the exhibit so other people could view the documents. I did like the policy against taking photos. You really get to enjoy the experience without having to navigate around other people. I highly recommend.

Diego G: Opportunity to see up close the Declaration of independence, the constitution and the bill of rights. No photos allowed inside which makes it a great place to watch and learn instead of groups of selfie-and-forget visitors.

Tyshawn Jenkins: This was dope. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the AC was a perfect temp. The bill of rights, Declaration of Independence, and constitution are all located in one location.

Josh Pence: A very fun and humbling visit. Seeing the documents was incredible, but I also enjoyed the archives as well. Definitely a must see! No pictures allowed at all while visiting inside. Note: You do need tickets and will need to book tickets and a time in advance. Tickets are only$1. When you enter, be prepared to go through security much like the airport. Bags through an x-ray, pockets completely empty and no metal, etc... Masks are required of course. For more of my reviews on restaurants and other places of interest, follow me on Google reviews

6. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 633-2214

Business type: National museum



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Cat Lady: This is a must see for everyone! This museum is huge! It encompasses this history of aviation in America and around the world. That particular day the museum was super crowded yet we were able to navigate it due to its size and organization of the exhibits. In regards to being accessible it was well laid out and accessible for my scooter. The bathrooms were also easy to navigate. My one complaint is that they have a scattered array of benches. In some areas there are more than enough and in others there are no where near enough for those that may need to take a break and sit down. My favorite exhibit was the one on the space ship. I also like how they have ramps all throughout the building to be able to see the air craft from all levels. Two other areas that could improve are the fact that they do not have any cafe or place to have lunch. You can get popcorn and soda if you are seeing one of the IMAX movies. You could literally spend all day here and it would be nice if there is a place where you could get a small lunch. Also, they had a private event going on and had an area blocked off where visitors should be able to see. We literally had to go around the entire building to get to the other side. They could’ve made a path for visitors to get through without having to run a marathon to see everything. This really is a great place to visit and it’s pretty amazing that these exhibits are over flow from the other museum.

Dragan Ange: I'm very grateful that I had a chance to visit this amazing Museum. Being able to see the remaining from the Apollo 11 mission and the landing on the moon, makes me very happy. This museum has very much to offer, plenty of airplanes and rockets, lot of history from the development of aircrafts. You can definitely learn a lot and be entertained. I highly recommend you to put this on your list while you are in Washington DC

Brandy Hoegg (Brandy Hoegg): What a great museum in the city to enjoy. If you love history and space, you should definitely check out the museum. A lot of exhibits were closed, however there was still plenty to do including watching the Discovery launch, touching a piece of the moon, reading about what happens to your body when you go to space, seeing space toilets, and different countries astronaut gear. There is an interactive exhibit where you can choose to ride in a space ship and complete a VR( virtual reality) experience, fly your own craft or ride a roller coaster… the prices for this ranged from $8.00 to $12.00 per person. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and get your very own space suit, hat or mission patches for your backpack!! No tickets are required, however we waited an hour and a half in line to get into the museum.

Alex L.: Great museum to stroll around for a few hours. As others mentioned, there are some exhibits that are closed so I wouldn't treat this place as a main attraction to visit, museum wise. However, it is a great learning experience if your unfamiliar with USA space history and the early history of flight. Great crash course here. Definitely recommend if your in the Greater DC area. This museum is free admission as it's your federal tax dollars hard at work. They do have donation bins throughout the museum as well if you feel inclined to contribute.

Maya: I love it here !!! This was me and my husband’s first time visiting and we enjoyed ourselves. This is definitely a museum to bring your family , kids would love it and it’s very educational. They have stimulation rides for adults and children . There will be new exhibits in 2022 and they’re renovating as well so definitely go visit now and in the future.

Casey M: Really nice museum dedicated to space and air travel. They have some rockets and space suits along with some cool Wright brothers items. They are currently doing renovations, so many exhibits aren't available now, so it felt a bit light on exhibits. If you are looking for the best museums dedicated to space, I would definitely recommend Kennedy Space Center over this museum, but the fact that it's free makes it a great deal. I think once the renovations and new exhibits are added, it will be a five star place for sure.

Alic Wired: The museum is undergoing renovations and will at some point be closed down until late 2022. Many exhibits have already been removed, cafeteria is not functional. The line to get into the museum wraps around the building, taking 45 minutes to get into the building. It's a long, cold wait, so be prepared. Inside you will find a good narrative of the Wright brother's accomplishments, a kid's section on how we fly, old (many of them Soviet) space modules, rockets and parts, and an excellent hall dedicated to navigation on Earth and in space. The driving/flying simulator is worth visiting (and waiting 30 minutes for); it costs 8-12$, depending on the choice of a ride. I suggest the flight simulator after a few beers, as you can flip it around full 360 degrees and have a lot of fun. Here's hoping that the new and improved museum will bring its exhibits into the 21st century in late 2022!

Nik Kei: Going through a renovation so many areas are closed off and displays have been removed. It’s Great to see the our proud history of space travel and it was intriguing but far from my favorite museum. Talk to the guides. They are a wealth of information and very interesting facts.

Anthony Steele: Always a good place to check out. The exhibits are good to check out and see firsthand. A few places were roped off when we went. But still had a good time visiting. One of the most convenient museums on the national mall in my opinion.

Ganindu Madhawa: Absolutely a wonderful place to go through the development and astonishing discoveries in the Aviation industry and space exploration. You literally can just walk through the meuseum in 3-4 hrs but it would definitely take an entire session of the day to go through it worthfully. There are enough and more informative leaflets and virtual experience inside the meuseum. I loved walking inside the space shuttle and Touching the moonstone fragments. 😁

7. O Street Museum

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O Street Museum
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.5
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 2020 O St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 496-2070

Business type: Museum



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Sam DiMeglio: O Street Museum was so interesting compared to the “usual” museum. It was very quirky and unique. Most of your time spent is admiring the abundance of goods (and everything is for sale) taking up this 4 story, 5 brownstone across building. There are something like 30 bedrooms for guests to stay scattered throughout that you can walk through (as long as guests aren’t there) and each has some kind of theme or style. And the best part is trying to find the 70+ (!!!) secret doors that only the two owners know all of the locations of! We found about 15-20. Great experience.
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Kevin Chen: Parking could a hassle street parking or parking garage. Suggest to come on Sunday where street parking is free. Otherwise you are looking for 10+ for garage parking I book the secret door tour, about $28 per person This tour allow you to see the whole mansion which is connect by 5 townhouses. The experience was cool, lots of UNIQUE rooms to see as you can see in pics. I was able to find about 7-10 doors, and you are having trouble just follow others you will find at least 5+ doors. You can also book a room at this place I think it is about 375+ per night but I would imagine the experience would be very unique. I was blown away how detailed and varies styles rooms are. If you are a fan of US culture and music you should check this place out. It only takes about 5 mins for check in which I love.
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Jay Empty: So much fun and an interesting experience to share with friends. The secret doors and passageways make exploring a blast. I can't do the art exhibited any justice with words. Definitely check this venue out on AirBnB to see what events are upcoming and what parts of the museum are open for reservation; we are looking forward to doing a dinner party in the secret wine cellar. Hands down an awesome spot for some fun in DC.
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byron subero: Now this might flood your timeline.....timeliness...... O well, this historic museum/hotel is amazing. Everything there is for sale and over 90% has been donated. Rosa Parks even lived here for 10yrs!
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Mo Warren: What a great place to get lost for an afternoon! There are so many rooms with so much to see in each one. And if you see something you like, everything from the furniture to the chandeliers is for sale. There are 70+ secret doors and passageways to find, and my family only found about 15 while we were there. There is plenty more to explore on the next visit!

Julie Wolf Kato: This place is amazing. We were here over three hours and are still finding things to look at. We found 10 secret rooms, including the one contained in this picture!
Response: Great to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you again soon!!

Fatih Demirci: This museum is a big hangar-like structure that has many interesting and valuable items, including battleships and planes. The exhibits are nicely done. Admission is free, but getting inside is very difficult, as you'd need to stop at an office at the entrance (Navy Yard Visitor Center, O&11th), wait in the line, fill out a form, submit it, wait for the pass to be issued, get the pass and drive/walk to the museum building which is 2000 feet away. It took me almost an hour to complete the admission process.

Mellissa Schulman: Must see!!!! This is one of the most amazing museums I've ever seen. So much to see. So much fun trying to find all the secret doors. I think we found 10 out of 70. They're kind of hard to find. And everything in here is for sale. Don't miss this one

Kate Bellows: A little expensive to enter, but a cool experience within. Hidden doors are fun if you can find them…
Response: Hidden doors are tricky to find! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon.

Linda Obedzinski: This place is one of a kind! Everyone in our family had lots of fun looking at the memorabilia and searching for hidden doors. I highly recommend this eclectic place for a unique adventure.
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8. National Building Museum

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National Building Museum
Location
4.3
Price / Quality
4.2
Variety Functions
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: 401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 272-2448

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James Su: It is a great museum. Hoping one day it will have more building exhibitions or photo of building exhibitions. This museum building is former passion building. It was built in 1887 and the designed by Montgomery C. Meigs. He was one of the hero of the Civil war hero. This building became to the museum was in 1997. Furthermore, it is good for bring kids to visit. It can help children to learn a lot of knowledge. The tickets are in the first floor near the door of G St. If student will have student discount.

Paul A: A large museum with different subsections. Some sections are on areas not directly related to building hence a bit diverse coalition. A ton of informative photos and video displays at the museum. Could not explore all areas but enjoyed the sections I visited.

R Lin: The name sounds funny, almost like it was a mistake or something, but the National Building Museum is pretty neat. It’s contents are exactly how it’s named- there are tons of exhibits on architecture, building projects around the world and the vision behind them, as well as photography for architecture. I had never been here before (and I’ve been to DC a few times and hit up lots of museums), and I’m glad I went. I would say overall it was a cool experience- there really is a lot to learn and it’s a topical museum that isn’t near as popular or talked about. But here’s my advice: if you haven’t been to DC and still need to see the “big” museums, don’t go to this one until you’ve been to the others. I just don’t think it’s worth it, plus you do have to pay admission for this one. Honestly, just walking in to see how darn cool the lobby is is plenty. Cuz seriously, it’s stunning and mesmerizing and with all due respect was the coolest part of the museum to me. However, if you’re like me and have been to the other museums, then give this one a try!

Dan B: Take the 1:30pm tour. Good exhibits. Beautiful terracotta outside. Magnificent Corinthian arches inside.

Amelia Waters: This was my first time visiting the National Building Museum. I went with my mom and my fiance, who is not a big "museum person." My mom and I enjoyed the self-guided tour, from which we learned a lot about the Reconstruction -era building and its architect. One of the docents told us that sometimes on the weekends there is a free volunteer-guided building tour, but unfortunately there wasn't one today. We didn't have that much time at the museum, so we only saw the Animals Collected exhibit and the temporary Notre Dame immersive exhibit. The Notre Dame exhibit was amazing - using an iPad, you explore the 2019 fire, the original construction, the renovation and destruction in the 1800s, and the ongoing restoration. It was engaging and even my fiance surprised himself by finding the exhibit fascinating. The iPad application is really well done, with some original videos and photos as well as some animated videos and illustrations to represent historic eras of the cathedral. There is even a gamified element that involves finding missing pieces of a stained glass window. Overall, the museum is interesting for someone who enjoys learning about architecture and the temporary Notre Dame exhibit is a great experience for everyone. There were even some young children in the exhibit with us and they seemed engaged too.

Marie Mariki: This was the one museum my husband insisted on visiting while in D.C. during this trip and we really enjoyed it. There are four exhibits and it took us about 90 minutes to go through all four. Their restrooms were unique, their gift shop was an exhibit in itself (in my opinion), and it's $10 for adults and $7 for 60 and older, which was very reasonable.

Karthik Suresh: Great big brick building that was the pensions office. There are several exhibits related to buildings and architecture. They even had a AR (augmented reality) Notre Dame exhibit where users use a table to navigate through the history of the building to its restoration post fire.

INSIDE LOOK MEDIA (INSIDELOOKTVMAG): The historic building is a great setting for an special affair. The building is located close the Verizon Center and has plenty of parking around the building as well as various restaurants and bars close to it. Many celebrities and politicians have been inside the building so we consider it an iconic part of DC. the National Building Museum hosts exhibitions, educational programs, and special events. They welcome visitors of all ages to experience stories about the building world and its power to shape our lives and communities. The Museum resides in the historic Pension Building, which contains one of the most awe-inspiring spaces in the nation’s capital

Jason Wallach: Great location for a March of Dimes fundraiser with Congresspeople "cooking" dishes. Angus King had the fan favorite lobster stew, which was excellent, and Representative Gallego and his wife from Arizona, who greeted people at their table the entire night, had the Judges' favorite with a sausage pepper with blue cheese dip.

Edward Garnett: Great spot to get out of the cold. Membership worth it versus entry and exhibition tickets as it’s one of the few non-free museums in DC. Kids play area with blocks is on 2nd floor.

9. National Geographic Museum

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National Geographic Museum
Location
4.2
Price / Quality
4.3
Variety Functions
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.2
Wifi
4.2

Address: 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 857-7700

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Ryan Rieboldt: If I could give this 6 stars (or more) I would. Walking through and looking at pictures along with a synopsis/story behind the photo from the photographer is simply amazing. The “Once Upon A Climb” exhibit is also a must see! The story behind our quest as a human race to conquer Everest is wild. DC residents are doing themselves a disservice if they haven’t been to the National Geographic Museum at least once, and this museum should be a staple for any DC visitor.

Austin Graff: Within the National Geographic HQ is an off-the-beaten path museum. Celebrating the work of National Geographic, the museum rotates photography-centric exhibits showcasing the wonders of the universe. After two years closed due to the pandemic, the museum reopened with safety protocols (mask and social distancing requirements) on February 16, 2022. Here's what you should know: 1) Price: It's one of the few museums in Washington, D.C. that requires a paid ticket, but the prices aren't outrageous. Regular tickets are $15 and includes all exhibits in the museum. For students, military and seniors, it's $12. Children 5-12 are $10 and children under five are free. Reserve tickets online to guarantee entry. 2) Hours: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3) Exhibits: They change, but when they reopened, they had two exhibits. The first explores wildlife photography and the photographers behind the photographs. This exhibit is photo heavy, but includes a few interactive parts like an area to have your photo taken and a film with stunning footage of wildlife. The second exhibit showcases Mount Everest and the people who have climbed it. This exhibit is more interactive than the first, but both are worth it. 4) Store: At the end of the museum is a store with photograph-decorated walls and lots of merchandise from backpacks to cloths to books. There's also a kids section with a reading area filled with giant stuffed animals. 5) Location: Located in downtown D.C., the museum is within walking distance to neighborhoods like Dupont Circle and Logan Circle filled with restaurants. When it reopens, The Coffee Bar on 17th Street NW brews a quality cup of coffee. Street parking can often be found along Rhode Island Ave NW near the Canopy Hotel. Although blocks away, visiting Planet Word, a museum about language in a historic school, and the National Geographic Museum is doable in the same day.

Sonny Subido: There were two exhibits this visit. The first pertains to wildlife photography. The second exhibit was about reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. Both were exceptional. Purchasing tickets for one exhibit allows visitation to both. A win-win for all visitors 🙂

sam camp: Excellent display on King Tut. Gift shop is one of the best with a wide variety and good prices.

Greg Goomrigian: Wonderful exhibits that as I understand change every fee months. Fantastic gift shop filled with books and Nat Geo gear. Would definitely recommend when in DC. The artifacts are amazing and displayed along with narratives that explain in detail not only what they represent, but who used and why. There are additional displays and a terrific movie adjacent to the pay portion of the site with additional artifacts and items on display.

Andrew M.: Amazing experience! Highly recommend it if you want to learn some history. Convenient location. Great for the entire family. 10/10, would recommend!

Jeff Szczepanik: Always has great exhibits. Whatever it is go see it. You won't be disappointed. Great King Tut experience.

Richard Lohman: King Tut exhibit was interesting, however no actual artifacts like real museums. Also, the only other exhibit was a history of National Geographic. I won't go so far to say that it's a tourist trap, but it's as close as you can get. This was definitely NOT a museum, as billed.

G Oulee: Came for the King Tut exhibit, amazing digital storytelling at the end!

Steve Randle: I couldn't help but think of Walter Mitty as I strode through this magnificent collection of natural photography. The exhibits within draw my mind back to the chiseled jawline of Ben Stiller, and his personal journey to enlightenment, from the valleys of unacknowledged greatness. Seeing and hearing the stories of some of the most powerful imagery to be taken of the raw and primal flora and fauna of our shared interstellar craft gives me new perspective on the internal mechanisms of our humanistic need for achievement, a need that is so eloquently displayed by the frantically muscled and toned body and mind of Ben Stiller in his classic film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The Everest exhibit was another step beyond the pale, striking similar heartstrings that are played so fervently by the delicate but masterful fingers of Ben Stiller, as he makes the leap from safety, both physically and metaphorically, into the frigid air of adventure. Where will he land? Watch "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" to find out.

10. Museum of the Bible

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Museum of the Bible
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (866) 430-6682

Business type: Museum



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Brittany Wood: Six floors of amazing. It was the best museum I have ever been too. So well thought out and put together. You got to learn the history of the bible, see amazing artifacts, including the dead sea scrolls, you got to learn about the bible in American history and current history. You also got to walk thru Nazareth. I was there for 4 hours and didn't have enough time to see everything. It was incredible.

M Lopez: Had been looking forward to visiting the Museum of the Bible for quite some time and finally got to. Purchased discounted tickets through Groupon which was a great, after walking in, I went to the front desk, presented the vouchers and was able to go in fast, we made sure to be there as soon as it opened. The museum is very interesting, they have so much information, so you will need more than a couple hours to go through it well. Loved the village and the Old and New Testament shows. They have a nice little playground for the kiddos. Their restaurant, Manna, was really good as well, just beware that they get very busy so make sure to get there early before the lunch rush. Look forward to visiting again soon!

Bradley P: What an amazing museum! It is so modern and well put together. They make great use of tech technology in their exhibits. I enjoyed the ride where it flies you around DC and uncovers hidden Bible messages. So cool!! Can’t wait to go back!!

Paul LaVigne: Wow! The museum of the Bible absolutely astounded me by its physical size, scope of exhibits, and the amazing amount of artifacts and modern day technology employed in its exhibits. There are six floors to this place. There is a very extensive exhibit with actual biblical artifacts/bibles stretching all the way back to 1,000 AD! Another exhibit includes a re-creation of a typical home and surrounding neighborhood in ancient Jerusalem. Another exhibit is packed with modern interactive technology that shows how the Bible has influenced life around the world we live in. I could go on and tell more but instead I wholeheartedly recommend you make this a destination place to visit when in Washington DC.

Andrew Fallis: The Bible Museum is so incredible! I loved the Virtual Reality tour of the Holy Land. On Floor Level 4, one of the most Interesting places I've ever been. Seeing Rosetta Stone, one of the oldest and Complete books of Isaiah, so many manuscripts & the versatile of the scrolls and their inscriptions. The Bible museum was one of my favorite places, my only regret is not having enough time to see everything the Bible Museum had to offer. A true masterpiece of Biblical History and all it holds!

Christina: Lots of neat old bibles and artifacts along with some fun interactive stations. Some of them could have been labeled or described a bit more clearly and in depth. The cost is decently high though after parking, tickets and especially the food. The employees were friendly except in the cafeteria as I'm guessing they didn't enjoy their job's as they were pretty snippy.

Pavel Kotyza: This is one of the newest museums in DC and I can assure you it is one of the most interesting ones. From the history to the modern days you can see how the Book of the Books influenced the generations. I really liked this museum even as a non religious. Great items to see and learn. Thank you for opportunity to learn more about this worldwide recognised book.

David: This place is amazing. Much better than I expected. I found it uplifting, educational and entertaining. Appropriate for all ages. We also went on the Washington Revelations ride on the 2nd level. We spent two hours there and barely scratched the surface. Highly recommend giving yourself plenty of time or better yet, split it up into a couple days if you can.

James Ward: A terrific museum with a presentation style like none other. They have classical museum exhibits that are authentic plus world class facsimiles of the Rosetta Stone and the Hammurabi code. I've seen both of these originals and they are indistinguishable from the authentic ones. So those along with their authentic Nebuchadnezzar artifacts were world-class.

Roy Simmons: Excellent place to visit. Lots of beautiful artifacts and very friendly staff. You could easily spend hours in here as you visit the various displays. A lot of history that the average person may not be aware of. A definite recommend if you are visiting Washington D.C.

11. National Museum of the American Indian

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National Museum of the American Indian
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: History museum



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Matt Teaford: If you want to immerse yourself in a section of history that our textbooks often missed, you have to go here! So much history, anthropology, and an incredible art exhibit. You'll learn lots about the diverse tribes of our nation, their origin stories, and the traditions that makes each tribe unique. I particularly liked the nuanced viewpoints on historic treaties from both the European and Native American perspectives. This is a smaller museum compared to many around it, so great if you need to stop by one and have limited time.

Ian Bozung: Fantastic museum. Location is close in proximity to the Capitol, Supreme Court, etc (if you're in that area). Has a big and memorable atrium. Otherwise, the exhibits are fantastic-- they are very detailed and they go into depth about Native American treaties, traditions, history, etc. There are lots of artifacts to view and has lots of thorough information. Absolutely fantastic museum, free as all Smithsonians are, and would highly recommend!

Diane Leiter: I didn't get to go inside because I got there too early on Sunday morning, but I wanted to share some photos and comments about the outside of the building. Beautiful piece of architecture that makes you think of Gaudi and his organic designs that appeared to come from and include nature. The Veterans Memorial was a really pretty surprised. It's worth the trip just walk around that. And I can't wait to see it when the fountains are on and everything is in bloom.

Cat Lady: The museum and its contents were well worth seeing. There are four floors of exhibits, a cafe (see my other review), a gift shop, and various education rooms. The accessibility leaves a bit to be desired. First, although there are some benches throughout the museum, there are not enough! I can’t say this enough, for anyone who has limited mobility, we need benches to be able to enjoy the exhibits. Also, the website does say there are complimentary wheelchairs on the first come first serve basis. I finally broke down and bought a scooter so I did not need that, but this museum is very large and if you struggle with mobility you will need it. That being said, the museum is so large it easily accommodated my scooter. I had no problem getting around and I was able to easily see the exhibits. The gift shop was ok. There was a lot of jewelry in it and a good selection of gifts. I thought it was very pricey and there was not a great selection of books. Finally, be prepared there is no parking at the museum. We lucked out and found street parking right out front. Also, when you enter you will need to go through a metal detector and they will search your bags. I have metal implants in my back so they had to use the wand to check me. They were all very nice. This museum is worth the trip!

Credible Critic: A very large museum, telling stories about the the indigenous people of North America. Its four floors with the open atrium at the center provides a grandeur for the museum, matching the beauty of the building from the outside. The exhibits tell the stories of many lives in the tribes, and what is the meaning of being Indians over many years in America.

Alexander Johnston: Great exhibits about the history and culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America, with a primary focus on their history from the 1600s to present day. Gift shop has plenty of accessories, clothing, literature and cultural items for purchase. Went on a Sunday, afternoon; not too crowded.

Amy Tucker: We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this museum. Immediately when we walked in we were welcomed by a person at the information counter. He told us all about the exciting special exhibit we were going to get to view and where to look out for special details throughout. Around every corner was another fascinating, breath taking, confounding display. Do not miss this museum if you make it to DC. See our video of the museum on YouTube LINKINBIO

Bill Clugston: Great museum on the history of Native Americans in North and South America. One exhibition discusses the treaties between the European colonists and the Native Americans. In the early days of newly founded United States the treaty agreements worked surprisingly well, but with the rise of "Manifest Destiny" relationships soured. Don't miss the delightful museum shop!

Vivian Pitts: A must see! Fun for children of all ages. Elevators available, so it was handicap accessible. We saw art and heard stories from various tribes. We went as a group and the kids loved it!

TimYeh: A must visit place! It is extremely sad to learn about the Act of Removal, trails of Tears and many other injustices that happened to the Americans!! At the end it teaches us a lot..!! The gift shop is full of art and wisdom..bought a book!! We have to learn so much from them! Disney has to be mindful of the words "savages" I found it very offensive while watching Pocahontas

12. Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.7
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1300 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: History museum



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M J: This was my favorite museum I've seen so far of the Smithsonian Museums in DC. Expect to spend 2 1/2-4 hours here. Note: The Museum is free but parking is EXTREMELY limited since it is near the National Mall and next door to the Museum of Natural History (I recommend visiting both of these in the same day if you can). There is no parking garage and while there is street parking, it is VERY, VERY limited and it is only allowed for 2 hours (not enough time to see everything). Use public transportation if possible. Ok- so we visited 6/2022 and the famous Wizard of Oz Ruby Red slippers are not currently on display BUT THERE IS SO MUCH ELSE TO SEE. The ACTUAL Flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star Spangled Banner" is on display. The actual hat President Lincoln wore to the Ford's Theater the night he was assassinated was on display. The Presidential Ladies Fashion exhibit was my favorite- it is a 100+ year tradition for a First Lady to donate one of her gowns to the Smithsonian Museum. The American Red Cross Ambulance was really neat. The actual counter and chairs from Woolworth's Diner from the Greensboro Civil Rights Sit-In is on display. The Currency exhibit is exceptional. It was fun to see Julia Child's Kitchen. The Transportation Through the Ages exhibit has a lot of amazing vehicles of all kinds, and plenty of trains for my "Sheldon-like" train-loving husband. There are lots of interactive exhibits for kids and teens. I highly recommend this museum.

Jeffery Montgomery: The overall appearance of this museum is amazing! So clean, staff is courteous, the exhibits look terrific. The only downside is some of the information. I know this isn't supposed to be a 300 level history course, but some of the facts were more whitewashed than truth. Calling a slave an "indentured servant"? Not mentioning much of the racism and other acts (trail of tears, wounded knee), it seemed like it wanted to ignore the truth. I get not being too graphic, but at least mention it. Good for young kids I guess.

Frenite: Incredible museum that features nearly all facets that encompasses American history. There is so much to see and explore that you can’t even do it all in a single day. This museum includes the history of mechanical devises, food culture, transportation history, pop culture, presidential history, and so much more. This museum really has it all. Since it is owned by the Smithsonian, admission is at no charge! It is very clean, accessible, well maintained, and certainly informative and educational for people of all ages. This is a museum that everyone should experience in their lifetime and I would fully recommend going here.

Gen Bowerbank: This museum had pretty fun things to see, but my kids walked through it very quickly.. It doesn't have very many interactive exhibits, and they only last so long looking only. We loved seeing Lincoln's hat, although it is very faded. Sadly the ruby slippers have lost their luster as well. I loved seeing part of the Berlin wall. The transportation part was very cool as well.

Klau Pao: This museum is one of the greatest Smithsonian museums! It has some of the most historical artifacts such as the Greensboro 4 Woolworth counter and so much more. But, we didn't get to see Lincoln's top hat, some parts were under construction but I still loved the museum. Remember you need plenty of time for there is much to see and read.

Paul: This is great museum to visit with the family. The layout is great to appreciate all facets of American culture. Highly recommended!! There’s also an area for kids to explore and learn. In addition, they have a cafeteria so you don’t need to leave far for food. A lot of seating as well to sit down and rest. Must visit.

Kelsey Carreiro: Galleries included early and modern displays: Modes of Transportation-Food-Inventions-Military-Government- Really cool to see these objects up close to get a real sense of the times....(Went during the week--was moderately busy) ***Smithsonian Museum of American History*** Great artifacts and displays.... I thought there would be more of a variety ( in the fossil section) and more ancient artifacts.....although it was a Sunday and VERY busy....couldn't spend much time viewing each artifact on display. Try going during the week so you have more space to take your time while viewing ***Smithsonian museum of Natural History***

Ben Matthews: This place should be called The Museum of American Everything. A super eclectic collection of what makes America special - from the Star Spangled Banner, to Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers. Be aware that many exhibitions are currently closed for renovation - so if you’re going for anything in particular, do check their website first. Unexpected highlights for me were the transportation exhibits, as well as the Presidential and First Lady sections.

Luke Chang: Free museum. Lots of interesting history, baseball, war, food, ruby red slippers, currency, etc. If you love history, you’ll be here at least half the day. I enjoyed this museum quite a bit. Second time visiting, first time was 10+ years ago. 3 floors of history. Easy access from the metro. Short walk to museum from metro.

MILKOS D SOSA: This is one of my favorite places in Washington DC. If you are an American and have not visited this museum, you have a debt to cover. If you are a visitor in the US and have not visit this museum, you will lose the opportunity to see almost the entire history of this Nation in a single building. The museum is very attractive and dynamic because the rooms show history through the different elements that make up the country. You can see the history of the US through politics, culture, transportation, numismatics, technology, wars, houses, etc. There are three floors full of information about how our nation was founded and how it has developed and grown. My favorite rooms are the Transportation room, the Presidents room and the First Ladies room. I think that the most important and solemn place in the museum is the Start Spangler Banner Room. The flag that inspired the National Anthem is preserved there. It is a unique space that will make you feel great emotion and pride. Without a doubt, this museum is a place that you cannot exclude from your list if you visit DC.

13. Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-7970

Business type: Art museum



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Lin Romano: Loved loved loved it! Wonderful exhibit on Burning Man when we visited, along with other great exhibits that took a bit less space. The gallery is such an intimate yet roomy space that any exhibit could be staged well there. As part of the Smithsonian it's also free, which is nice, too.

Kersten Chisti Dryden: We went to see the Burning Man exhibit. Beautiful gallery, with lots of different rooms. We easily spent 3 hours in here, there was so much to take in, on all sensory levels. Lots of interactive art, including a VR experience, and a carved wooden chapel with little pieces of wood that you can write to loved ones who have passed, and add to the exhibit. Very well produced, all together.

Pakeezha: This is one of my favorite museums. It’s easy to get there and pretty small and they change their exhibitions in every few months which makes you want to go and visit more often. It’s always fascinating seeing the new designs. it can get crowded at peak times but they control the amount of people that can enter which is very nice.

Lauren Brown: I visited the Burning Man exhibit and was blown away by the quality and scale of the work. The art became more powerful when given context and story with the effective displays. It was well placed in the space. It's a smaller museum, but well worth the visit. The gift shop was well curated.

Miss Guided: I visited the burning man experience. My niece and I wanted to be the simulator experience. The nasty worker said was very rude and nasty. Other than that the exhibit was amazing. I cannot take people’s action in account for how wonderful the museum is. Definitely a must see!!! It wasn’t too crowded on the Monday we went which was Labor Day. It was difficult to get some good picture of the mushrooms because of the crowds but still enjoyable. The exhibit is very tranquil and nice.

Sam Eldredge: This museum is perfect for those with a bit of extra time to spend in their day and nothing to fill it with. It's not overwhelmingly large making it easy to see all of the various pieces and exhibits. Also the floor format is circular allowing for easy circulation and no dead ends. There are staff around each corner for questions and beat of all, it's free!

Ashton Menefee: Really cool museum to hit when in DC, awesome rotating exhibits. We saw the Burning Man, Dustin Farnsworth, and Crime Scene Diorama exhibits on a few visits. It’s an easy walk from anywhere in DC, close to the White House, and worth a stop if you want to see something different.

K A: I visited the Renwick Gallery with my family last fall and i was impressed with all the beautiful and extraordinary exhibits.The David’s best temple caught my gaze with its glow and I also love the disrupting Craft. A great museum rich in history and packed with lots of exceptional crafts. It’s a must see if you are visiting DC. I highly recommend to all tourists, locals, craft and art lovers.

H J: The burning man exhibition was on when we attended and it was a really good one. The space within the museum was used really well and the exhibits combined interactive, traditional and contemporary style pieces that appealed to the whole family. Definitely worth a visit once you are done with the White House! Recommended

Allison Lau: One of my favorite places to visit in DC because of it's in-depth content and "larger than life" installations. The gallery is small enough where you can digest everything thoroughly without getting overwhelmed. Detailed descriptions accompany the art pieces. Each room encompasses a different installation. The Burning Man exhibit has been eye-opening, and includes a comprehensive history and future expectations of this whole movement.

14. Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.7
Variety Functions
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: G Street NW, 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: Art museum



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Austin Graff: American Art Museum can stand on its own even if it wasn't in the same Greek Revival building as the National Portrait Gallery. Located in Chinatown, it's in the old patent building and free for all to enter. Here are the highlights: 1) Art: Gallery after gallery showcase paintings and sculptures through the ages. More popular pieces come wit benches nearby for visitors to soak it in. 2) Courtyard: The Kogod Courtyard is stunning and connects the two museums. There's wifi, tables and gardens. 3) Store: It's large and has a lot of gems, perfect for gifts. 4) Fun: If you want to explore the museum through a scavenger hunt, ask the front desk for a map!

M J: It was so disappointing because half of the Museum was closed for renovations otherwise I would have rated it 5 stars. To miss the Impressionist and Gilded Age wings due to the renovations made me sad. However, there are 2 Georgia O'Keefe paintings on display (one on the 3rd floor and one on the lower level), a Grandma Moses, a Warhol, some Pollocks, a Rockwell (3rd floor) and an Andrew Wyeth. I did really enjoy the art which was on display, and hopefully on my next DC vacation I'll be able to see the rest of the Museum including the Hockney next time!

Jose Ortega: This shares the same space as the National Portrait Gallery. And together they make for one great place to visit and spend time with. It's free which is great. I would go on a Sunday and go super early and park on the street since parking is free in DC on Sundays. It can get pretty busy so just keep that in mind. But it is cant miss kind of place.

Jocelyn G: Lots of really neat art spanning three stories. It was extremely crowded, though, and the security guards kept following me and the person I was with around. Every room had 1 security guard to prevent people from stealing or touching artwork and every single room they were always about three feet behind us, following us till the next guard took over. No idea why, we were standing a few feet from each piece and we're well mannered (especially when compared to some of the other people we saw).

Brian Hagan: October 2021 • Beautiful museum! Free like all Smithsonian's and packed full of wonderful art. Could easily spend half a day here to see everything, though we only had about 90 minutes to spare. Beautiful atrium/courtyard area in the center...was a great place to take a few minutes rest during a busy day of sightseeing. I would allow at least 2-3 hours to see everything here, though again, you could easily spend more!

Theresann Pyrett: An amazing visit! You can swing in and just check out the Presidents or you can make it a longer visit and view all of the other exhibits available. I included photos of our favorites, but a definite must see in DC!

Hind KH: It is GREAT. Be prepared to spend at least 4 hours so you can take a look at all sections. It is really big and has a lot of galleries.

John St. Pierre: You can get lost in this place and spend an entire day in the midst of beautiful artwork, including paintings and sculptures. The museum is also attached to the National Portrait Gallery, and you can walk seamlessly between them. Nearly all of the art can be walked right up to and viewed up close and there is plenty of seating everywhere for sitting and appreciating the artwork around you. Probably not the best for small children, but highly recommended for anyone who appreciates fine art.

Matthew Hsu: Good place to visit to see a broad collection of art from colonial to contemporary times.If you are driving to this museum, I would recommend parking at the City Center parking garage as this garage opens 24 hours

Kathie Olson: Hadn’t been to this Smithsonian museum yet, and had just an hour to walk through. It was lovely’. I especially loved the folk art and Americana galleries.

15. African American Civil War Museum

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African American Civil War Museum
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.7
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 667-2667

Business type: History museum



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Ellis Jackson: The amount (209K+) of names of the soldiers listed was mind blowing!

Rick Horsford: Wonderful Memorial, however, the locals do not realize a memorial is not a hang out, it's not a trash dump. It looks like someone set fire to a portion of the wall. How stupid can one be. I think a gate/fence or something should be around this memorial.

Michael Richardson: I felt a since of pride and self worth when I visited this museum because there are not MANY museums honoring our history! The staff there made me feel like I belonged to a great culture.

Afolabi: A MUST SEE IF ON A TRIP TO DC! I decided to go on a weekday to avoid the crowd. I recommend booking a scheduled time on their website first to bypass the entry queue. From the accurate timeline of history (early days of slave trade to modern slavery) to the well articulated story’s and narratives, you will leave this museum with a sense of soberness, humility and joy as to how far we have come as humans. The 2 hours we spent taking in all the history definitely wasn’t enough. If you really want to get a full experience, I recommend dedicating a full day to the museum!

Prina Jackson: (August 3, 2021) It was a great experience. I just happen to be in the area & didn't really realize where I was then I seen this. A tour was going on at the same time. It was great. I would recommend this. The gentleman was awesome. The soldier was great with the information. I would love to come back here.

Tim Wright: Text heavy exhibitions, but boy is it all needed and important information. The museum tells a comprehensive story of the black soldier via the black experience at large, including time periods well before and after the Civil War. Staff is A++++. One of the few museums that offer equally compelling experiences for visitors AND DC residents alike.

Robin Taylor: I truly enjoyed visiting the African American Civil War Museum and received a very informative history lesson from the Director before I wandered around! There was also an event going on but I was still able to get some great pics!! Will definitely be going back so I can see more!! Great place to visit!! So much HISTORY!!

Anita Randolph: I came here on a school field trip. The actors playing soldiers are great and good with children. They give an interactive lesson on what life was like for the African American Soldiers. Provided scavenger hunt for the children, then leads them to outdoor memorial ( better to visit when it’s warm out) Overall great experience.

Kevin Badon: I arrived in the midst of the museums relocation and was given a personal tour around the exhibits that were still available. Very informative and am excited to visit at the new and expanded location.

Cassandra Williams: If you have time stop and listen to the history of Africans Americians who lost their lives during the war. Glad our tour guide stopped here!

16. U.S. Navy Museum

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U.S. Navy Museum
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 736 Sicard St SE, Washington, DC 20374

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 685-0589

Business type: Museum



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Ari Rang: I am interested in military history and especially Korean war. While visiting DC, we found this Navy Museum. It is not the easiest museum to get in because it is located in Navy yard. First you need to register at welcome center so you need passport with you or ID is ok if you are US citizen. Children do not need ID if with a parent. There were many workers going thru same background check process so be prepared to wait 30 to 60 minutes. People at the office were nice and waiting room has A/C. Museum is in two buildings. Main building has mostly WW2 history. Second building has nice stuff from Korean war and also a little from Vietnam. We found cold war exhibition pretty interesting. Gentleman at the main building was very helpful assisting us. There were no other tourists at that time so it sure was exclusive visit.

Adrian Nagle: What a gem! We made a point to visit here while in D.C. My daughter is a huge fan of World War II Naval history and this was the place to be for her. Much of the museum is dedicated to World War II. Many gun turrets are displayed (manufactured in the museum building?). There are displays for many aspects of the Navy in World War II including Midway, Coral Sea, Japanese artifacts, ship navigation, and large detailed models of various World Ware II ships. I learned many little insights at these displays. There is also early Navy history at the front of the museum. The fight top from USS Constitution, an example of USS Constitution gun deck and construction display are very interesting and educational. My only complaints are some artifacts could have more detail (some did have QR code to learn more!), and the models inside glass cases were difficult to see due to reflects from light sources and nearby museum artifacts. We were the only ones in attendance. It takes effort to register and access the Navy base to get to the museum. I recommend filling out paperwork from website ahead of time. If you are interested in Navy history, I highly recommend this location!

Jeff H: Tons of great information and exhibits and was not very busy. Only downside is the process of getting a day pass to get on the base.

Ted Kidwell: We love going here this a great military museum to visit they have so much to see and each time come back to hear the have new things to see. We have learned so much each time we go here. This a great place for the hole family. You will like it we do a must for history buffs and military history buffs. They have some very good staff there website's have lots of good information as well.

Michael Sawyer: This museum is on a secured base. Make sure if you are not a US citizen you bring your original passport and another ID or you are not allowed to enter. Went to check in turned in copies of passport and waited 15 minutes to be told the passports had to be original. Not sure why we were not told this as we got the paperwork that had to be filled out. If you are a US citizen 18 or older you need your drivers license and know social security number. Poor communication and should have been stated on the site. I’m sure the museum is great, but didn’t get to see it Hopefully this helps people visiting from other countries.

Beatriz Benjamim: A little bit tricky to get into the museum, you have to go all the way around the fence and search for the only available entrance. The staff is very nice and helpful. The shop closes at 2:30 p.m. so if you want to buy a souvenir, make sure you get there earlier. It is very detailed and has a lot of mini ships and boats. Make sure you also go to the submarine museum which is right next to it! Enjoy =)

Seth Freedman: My wife and I went down to DC to attend her cousin's wedding. We had such a great time at the Navy Yard. So many cool things to see. There is a lot of history here. I wanted to visit the Navy art gallery they have here but we didn't have the time. There's always next time. Just a side note you do need security clearance to get into this area. We plan on making a trip down for family vacation.

Barry Yen: Good and nice small museum

Robert Springer: This past Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7) I paid a visit to the National Museum of the US Navy at the Navy Shipyard in Washington DC. Built in 1799, the Shipyard is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, and it is the oldest shore establishment in the US Navy. Being an active military installation, home to the Chief of Naval Operations and several other commands. You will need your identification and will have to pass a security screening to visit the museum. By DC standards it is a small but very interesting museum.

Jooma1572: Great Museums. Beginning of the Navy up to WWII in one building, Modern age in the other. Great models of lots of different ships and planes. Loved the informative displays and the staff was very friendly.

17. National Museum of Asian Art

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National Museum of Asian Art
Location
4.7
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

Business type: Art museum



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Credible Critic: Another beautiful museum from the Smithsonian line-up. One of our favorite. Its permanent exhibit covers many regions of the continent. Its roving exhibits are excellent with deep contents and elaborated theme. In our visit this time, we got to see the Zen exhibit and one of the complete Buddhist temple outside Tibet. Beautiful garden, nice ground. Great staff. Beautiful gift shop. One of a must visit museum in DC.

Oriane Boudinot: I love this museum! It is one of my favorites. Very simple museum with square floorplan, and the main exhibits are on the main floor. Gift shop, other areas in basement. Art focuses on different areas of Asia including Syria, Iran, India, Cambodia, China and Japan. The Peacock room is a very unique room to sit in. I love the two guardians at the end of each hall.

Muniba Khan: An amazing museum with a diverse set of pieces from across the Asian world. My favorite exhibits were probably the Safavid Textiles and Underdogs and Antiheroes. I definitely recommend visiting since there aren't many distinguished museums of Asian art in the US, plus it's **free** so you have nothing to lose by checking it out!

ThePinkfreak805: A really cool museum with some great displays. The peacock room is jaw dropping. Seriously soooo beautiful. The museum is divided into sections based on regions and its awesome to see the diversity. It never seems to be crowded here. I’d really recommend checking it out

E. Sirotta: It's one of the smaller Smithsonian museums but they had a beautiful collection of art pieces. There is also a gift shop. It wasn't very crowded at all compared to the bigger museums. Very nice. Check it out.

Kayt Maeve: I absolutely love just immersing myself in the beautiful architecture, art, history, and culture that these exhibits offer. The most recent time that I went there was a Buddhist temple room with chanting music and I fell in love. The Mind Over Matter exhibit during the cherry blossom festival was one of the coolest exhibits I've ever been to with GIANT ink paintings (see photos). If you love ANYTHING about classical Asian art and aesthetic, you must visit!

Ari Rang: Smithsonian Asian Art Museum is not that famous and not that crowded either. I lived many years in Far East and very surprised to see these excellent collections from Korea and Japan. Besides art there is a lot about history. There was also small exhibition of Korean temple architecture.

Anthony Shoraka: Asian exhibits galore. Check out the Safavid textiles on loan from the Museum of Islamic Art Doha, Qatar. A visit to the museum's gift shop is a must.

Amir .A: Incredible collection of Pre-Islamic Persia (Iran) 😍. There is also an exhibition on Safavid when you walk in, not sure if it will be permanent. Stunning. Definitely check the books at the gift store… poetry of Hafez & Rumi, most iconic poems on the topic of Love.

Marion Pellerin: Small museum. At the time I went, there were a lot of closed off areas and missing exhibits. There really wasn't much to see, but what was on display were gorgeous, irreplaceable treasures . The layout of this museum is the worst part. Very unintuitive and convoluted.

18. Naval Heritage Center

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Naval Heritage Center
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 380-0710

Business type: Heritage museum



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Victor Wang: One of the most underrated free museums that's not currently too popular. Went on a weekday in the afternoon and was greeted to a museum almost to myself. Unassuming looks but once you navigate your way to the floor below the main entrance, you're met with a surprising number of exhibits that's both informative and well designed. Easily spend an hour or two if you like to dive in to naval history and fascinated by the artifacts and model ships.

S A: My great Uncle was in the Navy during WWII and the museum and water fountain is a beautiful tribute to all who served off our shores. There are many places around the fountain to relax, read, have a snack, or people watch.

big guy12: Teaches you a lot about naval history. Great place to go to on a trip to D.C.

Ti Dai: worthy going, don't have many things as I expected

Shawn Bilak: Great place to visit. I particularly liked the library. Great historical books in there.

buzz Clark: I was impressed with everything except there was no information that I could find about Chief Warrant Officer history, specialties and duties. I was looking for it and I am a retired CWO4.

James RV007: Amazing walk thru US Navy & USMC history. Nice gift shop as well. Worth walking in!

Matthew McGrath: Full of history and stories from the men and women who served. Honored to be an American

Leslie Profit: A neat building, several exhibits were closed for remodel. I imagine someone with naval background would really enjoy it, for the lay person it's less intriguing but I was still able to learn something. Not very interative, wouldn't recommend for small kids.

Kevin Murray: I dont know if living in NYC and having easy access to the USS Intrepid has spoiled me, but I wasn't that impressed with what was offered. I did show support and buy my MM rating badge and shellback challenge coin. It's great for the uninitiated, but I expected more in DC.

19. Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

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Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.5
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-5555

Business type: Museum



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James Su: This is one of a nice museum in DC. Here you can learn the history of the postal service. Moreover, you can see the world of different kinds of mailboxes. This building was a local post office in DC built-in 1914 and became a museum in 1993. In this museum, you can also see many former transportation tools, such as the Plane, train, old school post car, and brougham. Enter this museum is free for everyone. You can learn a lot of knowledge from it.

Amy Workman: Such a cool museum away from the crowds. We didn't give ourselves nearly enough time. Not just stamps, but tons of cool memorabilia like a flight suit of Amelia Earhart's! You get to sift through old stamps and take a few home. Located right next to Union Station. We started our day at the Lincoln Memorial, ended here, and took the metro back. It was perfect. We'll be back to check out the rest.

Emily Smith: I don’t usually write reviews of Smithsonians because they’re generally very nice. However, this one warrants a review because it is AMAZING. This is an absolute must see if you’re visiting DC. This museum is engaging, unique, and so informative with displays for both adults and children to enjoy. Definitely check this museum out, it needs so much more attention!!

M J: This museum is pretty interesting and they have a working Post Office where you can buy stamps and mail mail. If you visit expect to spend 1-2 hours here. Owney the Postal Mascot dog is a highlight (he's by the train car in a glass case). The history of mail fraud is interesting and the stamp displays are extensive. It was interesting that the Hope Diamond was shipped to the Smithsonian and cost well over $100 to ship...I would have hand-delivered that gem myself but "to each his own" I guess 😄 This is a free museum but we did pay for parking in a nearby garage.

Scot Sample: It wasn’t a super big museum, but the stuff they had was super interesting. Halfway through one of the workers stopped us and said hey make sure your taking photos, have fun! Was really glad he told me that because I was wondering what all I could take photos of. The museum is kindia off the beaten path so it wasn’t very busy at all. For being our 3rd time going to DC it was something nice to see that we hadn’t seen before.

Tyler Harris: Very good museum right outside of Union Station. One of the smaller Smithsonian museum but not diminutive. Outstanding displays on various post office topics. The exhibit on stamps and mail forensics were our favorite. One thing all of the Smithsonian do is have a wide range of displays that are good for old and young.

Ruth Bonacci: My husband and I made a quick stop. This museum is across the street from Union Station. The staff is very friendly and eager to share information about stamps. I wished we had more time. It is a worthwhile stop. I especially enjoyed seeing the names and pictures of famous people who collected stamps.

Deepak Jain: Wonderfully done like most Smithsonians, the Postal Museum takes non stamp fanatics and creates interest. Brought my 5 & 7 year olds and they got into all of the tactile exhibits. Crowd pleaser is the 18 wheeler semi the kids can sit in and pretend to drive.

Irene Rummel: so much fascinating information about, as well as learn interesting history through the lens/relationship to, stamps & the postal service. the specially exhibit was about relationship to baseball, which was also pretty cool. and don't miss the amazing national stamp gallery. (spent ~4 hours leisurely browsing, but could definitely stay longer if I wasn't hungry...)

Andrea Addington: This was a fun stop however some of the exhibits felt outdated. This is a great one to go to if you have a couple of hours to kill. You can do it in 1 but 2 is plenty. The gift shop is small but you can get a postcard for $1, a stamp and mail it directly from there which is a fun way to end the visit. I'm glad we went, I don't feel the need to go again.

20. National Museum of Women in the Arts

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National Museum of Women in the Arts
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.5
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.5
Wifi
4.5

Address: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 783-5000

Business type: Art museum



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G M: Really nice museum. The architecture was amazing with the marble staircases and all. The art work was also nice. The photographs were really cool. Especially the one of Lucille Ball.

Joshua Weber: It's awesome that this one of a kind museum exists. It's a paid museum of $10 which isn't bad. It's a nice sized museum and isn't over crowded like the Smithsonians. A large variety of work from old to current, paintings, photographs, sculpture, etc. A nice representation of women of color, which is great to see. The foyer room is beautiful as well. Highly recommend.

Alyssa Vargas: Absolutely loved my visit to this museum. There were very few people there, I hope that changes. The people working there were so nice and talked to us about the art. The bathrooms were clean. The size of the museum was good because you didn't feel overwhelmed, you easily could take your time and appreciate all the work.

Syerra Carigo: Beautiful museum! I’ve been here once before and was a little disappointed in the lack of art from women of color but I must say that has changed tremendously. I visited 2 weeks ago with my cousin and we were both happy to see new exhibits by female artist of color. They have a great collection of work right now that everyone can enjoy. The art work is beautiful, meaningful and touching all at the same time. It isn’t free and the tickets sell out fast, so I would definitely recommend buying a ticket before you go. They do have Covid safety precautions in place, so you have to stay 6 ft. apart and wear a mask.

Margaret Gehret: A beautiful space filled with art created by women through the ages. Ticket price was very reasonable and the experience well worth the money. Be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours appreciating the works. Who knew that Sarah Bernhardt was not only an actress but a talented sculptor! Sonja Clark's collection is a temporary exhibit i believe through the summer.

Hilda Kroll: The NMWA opened in 1987 as the only museum in the world dedicated to women artists. The permanent collection features artists like Lavinia Fontana, the first successful professional European artist, to Amy Sharald, now famous for painting the beloved portrait of Michelle Obama. Special exhibits over the years have included a Danish art colony, quilts, Australian Aboriginal paintings, pottery by Maria Martinez, Rodante fashion and massive cedar sculptures. The museum is temporarily closed now for major renovations.

Liat Suvorov: This museum is exceptional! The exhibitions are beautiful and thought provoking. The visit was inspiring and exhilarating. To have this as my first cultural experience after the year we all had (the year of covid-19) was the perfect way to get back to life!

Katy Ferry: What a wonderful museum with so many amazing pieces in it! It had everything from oil paintings, to sculptures, to fiber art. The staff was helpful and friendly. Definitely check it out!

Sharon: great museum, the architecture is phenomenal and everybody was super friendly. tickets are very affordable— i didn’t have time to check out the gift shop but i definitely recommend coming here!

Daniel Sweeney: We hosted our wedding reception here and It was absolutely gorgeous! The marble was cleaned and looked great with our setup. The facility was well maintained, and security was helpful. We could not think of a better place to have had our special night. The acoustics were even better than we would have thought. Plenty of space to dance as well! Additionally, it is a Unique quiet Museum in DC. Some very interesting art work, all done by women through history.
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