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1. National Portrait Gallery

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National Portrait Gallery
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 8th and G Streets, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-8300

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: "The exhibitions on laborers was even better than expected."

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E Blount: The National Portrait Gallery was a really nice experience. There are themed galleries as well as the presidential gallery. If I remember correctly there are 3 floors to explore. There are elevators for those that can't or don't want to walk. It is completely FREE and no ticket required. If you bring a bag it must be worn on the front of your body so that you don't accidentally damage an exhibit.

ReCreate Artworks: This is the best art gallery in DC in my opinion. It’s beautiful, unique and calming. There’s an atrium in the center that provides a dreamy place to sit and rest. My favorite thing about this gallery, however, is that there’s conservationists you can watch at work. When you walk into this museum it’s like being in a different world. Each space creates such a unique atmosphere and is breathtaking to say the least.

Klau Pao: The Gallery is amazing, you will probably spend 2 hours there. It has very beautiful portraits, one of my favorites was Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington and everything related to Abraham Lincoln as well as the amazing portrait of the Supreme Court Justices! Wow what a place to put on my memory box! I loved it!

M J: I really enjoyed the National Portrait Gallery which shares buildings with the American Art Museum (they each have a side on both buildings). The Hall of Presidents was excellent. I really enjoyed seeing the 2022 Potrait Contest and enjoyed voting for my favorite Portrait. There is a 50 year Anniversary exhibit for the Watergate Scandal and we almost visited on the actual anniversary so that was cool. There are a lot of different portraits of Americans on display and they are pretty randomly spread out between the rooms. All in all, expect to spend 1 1/2-2 hours at this part of the museum. I will say, some teens and kids who are not the most intellectually driven may find it boring as there are not interactive exhibits.

Ray: I didn't know there is this museum until we walked by on the way to Chinatown for lunch. We visited it after lunch. It's great to see some of the arts that I have seen in books or videos in person. Kids enjoyed it as well as we got into some good discussions on some sculpture pieces.

Ukvayat Hanak: The National Portrait Gallery gets 4/5 for all the exhibit areas that are closed right now. Many renovations going on! So many varied exhibits though. A great place to host a catered event. Check em out!

Kathy W: Museum is really big and has so much to see. We spent a good amount of time at kogot courtyard which happens to have orchids displays. Beautiful and fun place for people of all ages. Parking was somewhat challenging but really worth the trip.

Salsabil Yeasmin: Such a beautiful museum. They have free entrance but I would suggest to make a donation even if it's just a dollar or some change. They have worked hard to keep the museum safe, clean and organized. The artwork represents what America is about and our diversity. I simply loved the experience in there.

beyondTabu: This museum is really nice… but this review isn’t about the museum directly. It’s about the staff/security. We’ve been to several other museums and they all seem to have the same attitude. They yell/scream at you from across the room, to not do something or that you’re breaking their rules (that aren’t clearly posted anywhere). It’s very disrespectful and unprofessional. This mentality seems to be widespread in all the museums recently. It’s like they’ve had no customer service training at all. They have a little power and wield it unabated. It upsets our day really makes us not want to visit the attractions.

Joshua Russell: This is one of our favorite museums in DC by far. You get a wide array of art here on three floors. This is located right in Chinatown across the street from Capital One Arena with two entrances. One thing to note if you are being a bag it has to be worn in front of you at all times. We recently came here and I would say my favorite areas were the special exhibition of the dual artists and their stories. They show one piece of art from the artist and tells the story of their connection. They have a Jackson Pollock called Heading West which was really neat to his art before the drip style. Another favorite was the Hung Liu portraits, the way she did them is nothing I’ve seen before and really showed great expression. I also enjoyed the social Justice exhibition as it covered a wide variety of areas and include very moving stories. I highly recommend coming here and spending a couple hours browsing.

2. National Gallery of Art

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National Gallery of Art
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20565

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 737-4215

Guy: Art gallery


Review: Their website mentions photography exhibitions

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Terry Bexton: AWESOME art. Absolutely unbelievable to witness these masterpieces in real life. I was astonished by the gift shop as well. Most people that know me know that I LOVE gift shops, and this one was definitely one of my new favorites. It had all the different art related things a person could think of. Absolutely would recommend this gallery to any art lover.

Kathryn Corselius: The National Gallery of Art is a great stop for any history or art lover. Boasting many different paintings from the biggest artists, the gallery is expansive and well-curated. I spent a couple of hours here and could easily have spent more time here. I would recommend planning ahead to locate the galleries that are a must-see for you, as after a couple of hours, it's easy to get fatigued by how many pieces there are. For history lovers, check out the presidential portraits by Gilbert Stuart and the famous painting of Marie Antoinette. I also recommend touring the galleries on the lower floor, where there are beautiful Degas and Rodin sculptures and early Colonial furniture.

Nay Wareenipha: Absolutely must visit if you love art and it's FREE! I saw a Davinci painting for the first time here with nobody around. It's very peaceful. There's also a FREE baggage deposit area so don't worry about your coats and bags. You can get a free map that will allow you to go through each section based on the era of the paintings. You can easily spend a whole day here. So many things to see. Additionally there's also an amazing free audio guide under some paintings that you can listen to which is fantastic. There's also another floor under dedicated to sculptures which is also very interesting. There's free WiFi in the premises. Also souvenir shops and food place. Plus, it's also next to the Smithsonian museum so you can see both in one day.

R Lin: I’ve been to the Gallery of Art a few times now, and it really just never gets old. It would also take at least one entire day to truly get through everything that’s there (the museum is HUGE, and has more than one building), so when I say it never gets old it’s the honest truth. There’s something new pretty much every time because there’s a back corner or section you accidentally missed the previous time. This place is beyond easy to get lost in. It’s definitely an iconic Smithsonian, and worth seeing. But again- this place is massive! Schedule a big chunk of your day if you want to see a lot of it, or else prioritize the works you want to see and grab a building map to help you stay on track (there’s a good chance you’ll still get a little lost). You get to see some true, original and iconic pieces here. I think it’s also fun seeing where the Gallery got the pieces from. If you’re at all a souvenir person you’d better also visit the gift shop (again, view the building map and follow signs because it can be tough to find). Love this maze of a museum!

Andrew Hovenden: So much to see. Take your time but don't dawdle or you will tire before you see it all! I posted my favorites and lesser known pieces I liked; and ones I want to know more about. Be sure to look at the frames and the floors. Some of the frames are amazing and the floors are beautiful wood. Decent place for kids under 12 but the might need help understanding why these are great works. Good Cafe with a nice Kale and chicken salad.

F SDK: I've driven 4 hours to be in Washington DC from PA, and this is one of the place we've stopped over. We didnt need entry fee, and the amazing arts took a couple of hours from our day trip. The place is huge, hard to walk all the way and see everything. We've tried to cover as much we could within a short time.

Noah Lepek: The National Gallery of Art should be on everyone's itinerary when planning a visit to Washington D.C. This internationally recognized museum holds works of art from every part of the world, allowing people to develop a better understanding of the world. When visiting the capital of the United States, this place certainly comes highly recommended.

Shravya Boppana: FANTASTIC! This is a great place to visit for all ranges of art lovers! It has such a wide range of art that is a ranged in an easy to digest walk through. The interactive guide through the app can help with understanding the history behind the artist and art, which is great for people who are just beginning in the art scene as well. It is a must visit!

Evan S: A free museum with so many fabulous paintings! The Van Gogh selection was amazing.. if you have time check it out! It was so easy to get in and out.

Kevin Shim: No entry fee. Wear a mask. This museum has a good collection of art. From early Rennaisance to modern. Da Vinci, Raphael, Vermeer, Degas, Monet, Degas, Rothko are the highlights of this museum. It’s laid out in a way to showcase how our perception of art has evolved over the years. The East building holds all the modern art. The underground concourse that connects the West and East building is worth checking out.

3. Long View Gallery

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Long View Gallery
Location
5
Price / Quality
5
Variety Functions
5
Possibility of Parking
5
Wifi
5

Address: 1234 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 232-4788

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "We saw one of the exhibitions❤️❤️❤️ such a great place."

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Angelica Oung: We had a political event here and it was the nicest venue. Spacious, with lovely exposed brick. Perhaps for the size of crowd we had it could have used more restrooms but that is hardly the fault of the venue. In general I would recommend the Long view gallery as a very classy event space.

Benjamin Phillips: I attended a large event at the Long View Gallery this past week. While this might be a suitable space for smaller events, it was absolutely awful, wrong choice for a large event especially one lasting the whole afternoon. To start with the space simply wasn't enough. People were packed together like sardines, which is unpleasant enough in normal circumstances and foolishly risky during a pandemic situation. Not to mention that dozens of people didn't even have seats and were left standing up for several hours. The seats that were available were very uncomfortable, metal folding chairs. Second major problem was the heat and poor ventilation, it felt like more than 100 degrees inside. I ended up drenched with sweat despite wearing only a short-sleeved, cotton shirt and lightweight trousers. Around 4:00 PM - feeling quite dehydrated - I tried to get a bottle of water, but the service staff had already cleared away the event's water and coffee service in order to prepare for the evening cocktail hour starting later. Speaking of evening cocktail hour, during that portion of the event only two single-stall bathrooms were available for a large crowd most of whom were drinking. Naturally that caused a huge line to use the facilities. Finally, during networking break times and cocktail hour in the rear gallery area, it was nearly impossible to hear people talking due to such a large, dense crowd talking at once, with sound reverberating off the concrete floor and ceiling. Pretty much defeated the purpose of the event since conversation was not possible. Organizers of large events should steer well clear of Long View Gallery.

Monica Brown: Attended the DC wine fest there last weekend. Very nice venue and art gallery. The wine fest was great as well!

Karen: My first visit there in a while. It's very near the Convention Center. Lots of good restaurants and a Giant nearby. Michael Crossett is a wonderful DC painter.

Carly LeDroux: An incredible venue for weddings and events. The textures alone and different large spaces are breath taking. The layout for last nights Washingtonian event allowed for a great flow of 350+ people. Wine tasting and cotton candy! A lovely evening, fun had by all. Highly recommend paying for parking two doors down ahead of time. Worth reserving

WP Mensch: Vicky is a dangerous individual who is deceitful, manipulative, abusive, and vindictive. She has a reputation in the industry and is banned by multiple vendors/venues. She has been very successful at squashing negative reviews and padding her online presence with fake positives. She threatened us multiple times from speaking up about our experience. I’m hesitant to be specific in fear of her wrath if she identifies us but ask around and you’ll hear the truth. Avoid at all costs.

Demar Ayee: Perhaps it might be a hidden gem in D.C. I stumbled upon it on my way to brunch and wasn't sure if it was free. The artwork is beautiful and varied. Many textures, patterns, materials and colors. It felt eclectic and in a good way. The lady in the gallery was very pleasant and welcoming. I would recommend it because it has beautiful artwork and it's free.

Megan M.: Long View is a very well-regarded gallery in the DC area featuring excellent monthly exhibitions of a variety of artists. I've long enjoyed the exhibit opening receptions - can't beat the complimentary wine! - and also recently attended several external events hosted in the space. I love the exposed brick and duct work; it feels edgy and urban but sophisticated. As an event center, the Gallery could be greatly improved by a few more bathrooms....but I'm overall very impressed with Long View's management of every event I've attended. The space needs little enhancement, the staff are friendly, the art is clearly of high caliber - it's a great space!

Tamari Mitaishvili: We saw one of the exhibitions❤️❤️❤️ such a great place. 😍 Worth stopping by to explore the work of rising artists❤️

Josh Wilson: I attended an event here a few weeks ago and the Gallery was a great place for it. They have two main areas, once being the show room type area and another area up a short ramp towards the back that is nice for a VIP type area. It is easily accessible from the metro and fairly easy to spot on the street, thanks to the large windows in front.

4. Touchstone Gallery

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Touchstone Gallery
Location
4.8
Price / Quality
4.9
Variety Functions
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: 901 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (202) 682-4125

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "Love places to exhibit and promote the arts."

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Julia Moss: What a great surprise. A members based gallery also featuring other local artists. I was greatly impressed with the wide range of themes, mediums and styles of this eclectic group of artists. I had a pleasure speaking with the staff and look forward to returning for their 2nd Friday monthly gallery openings. Stop in for a look and spark up a conversation to learn more about this great D.C artists hub.
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Nargess Karimian: It was my first private art show experience. Really enjoyed myself. The gallery lights the artwork quite nicely.

Karen: An interesting art gallery that's also a nice place for receptions or corporate events. They normally have a reception the first Friday of every month to introduce that month's artists, as well as a member exhibition. I've had some nice conversations with the exhibiting artists.

F E Downey: Shows are always well curated. Gallery is well administered. As a Co-op, artists pay annually to exhibit here. So milenium or other young artists rarely exhibit here. Great Downton DC location - on south border of Shaw District. City Center two blocks away and great restaurants on every block. Used to have monthly first Friday openings, so always a diverse, large and interesting downtown crowd. Recently changed to Saturday afternoon openings (1:00 PM to 3:00 PM), so no downtown crowd, mostly elderly suburban crowd. Need to rethink time of openings to attract younger art buyers. Check out shows; a few really good artists exhibit here at very reasonable prices. The rest of the exhibited artists produce average works, probably because most have or had full-time jobs in another professions (i.e., part-time artists).

Peter Putterman: Love places to exhibit and promote the arts.

J. Anderson: There is an eclectic selection of artworks from local artists. It was nice to browse the variety in the gallery.

Michael Lai: I had an awesome time here. Depends on the event, there could be a wine tasting going on. Small venue, but resonating work pieces. Artists are occasionally on site to talk about their works and you can negotiate prices on buying.
Response: Thank you, please stop by again! Touchstone Gallery management.

Ksenia Grishkova Orol: Modern contemporary art gallery space with 45 local artists on display. Ground level. The gallery itself was established in 1976 and has been at 901 New York Ave since 2010. Monthly rotating exhibitions with first Friday's opening receptions that are free and open to public. Space is also available for special event rentals.

David Ford Jr.: I like to go to Touchstone for their first friday shows, the first Friday evening of every month. The art is refreshingly interesting and the staff at Touchstone are nonpareil

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5. 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

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: "A different gallery, with interesting exhibitions"

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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.

6. Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Smithsonian American Art Museum
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

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: Their website mentions museum's photography

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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.

7. Washington Printmakers Gallery

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

Address: 1641 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Fri

Telephone: (202) 669-1497

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "Photographs are the basis of most of her printmaking."

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Washington Printmakers Gallery: A nice affordable gallery in Georgetown whose artists mostly printmakers are very talented. They also have their shows on line and one offers art for a very attractive price. To discover and fully enjoy.

Marie-B Photographs: Very pleasant gallery with many artists' diverse work. Price are reasonable. I highly recommend to visit and support the artists who are exhibiting there.
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Kim Bursic: Washington Printmakers Gallery is the perfect place to find fine art prints. A great place to find affordable, original art!
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Edward Grandi: Delightful shop with many interesting prints... framed and unframed .
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Marie-B CDA: Beautiful gallery. Works from local artists! Welcoming and friendly staff.
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Jhaw 1229 (John Henry): wonderful little gallery with a wide selection of prints and artists!
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Tina Hudak: Small and intimate with extremely polite artists who "man" the gallery.
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norman spencer: A must see for any printmaking fan

8. Art Museum of the Americas

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Art Museum of the Americas
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 201 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 370-0147

Guy: Art gallery


Review: Their website mentions photo gallery

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eriko p: What an oasis! This is a very small museum. It feels more like a gallery space. There is $5 donation if you want, but it is free. The building is charming and I am guessing it was once a beautiful home. We truly loved Geandy Pavon's work. She is truly a talented artist. I especially enjoyed the tiled enclosed patio with the wall of windows looking out towards the garden. If you want a experience a small museum and don't have a lot of time, the Art Museum of the Americas is a perfect escape from the city and for one to enjoy art.

Hilda Kroll: If you've never visited this wonderful little museum, now is the perfect time to go. It's open every day except Monday. A short walk from the DAR Museum, Renwick and White House. Lots of places to eat near the Foggy Bottom Metro.

Kausthob Das: Nice place to spend some free time if you are around the national mall area. 3 blocks away from the monument and has ample of street parking

ReCreate Artworks: The most beautiful place I’ve ever been. I wish I could have stayed longer. You could EASILY spend an entire day here—wear comfy shoes and make sure you go downstairs!

Jill Greenstein: Beautiful small gallery. Historic building. Temporary exhibition of work by contemporary Mexican women well curated from the museum's permanent collection. Lots of wall text to introduce the somewhat unknown (in the US) feminist artists. Well curated.

Austin Graff: I love a good museum, but this one is one that's safe to miss in DC: 1) It's VERY small. There are only two floors to it and the art isn't the best in DC. 2) They take suggested donations, so it does cost unless you want to feel guilty as the museum workers stare you down if you don't pay. Pluses: 1) One of the rooms is beautiful with its blue walls and cool architecture. 2) The back of the museum is great with a beautiful fountain. It would be a great place to rent for an event!

Lauren Brown: Small, free museum. The art was well curated. The top floor is from the collection. The second floor is for special exhibits. The front desk person seemed like he wanted to go home. I had a hard time seeing it because of all of the tour buses parked in the area. Bathrooms on the top floor. No gift shop.

Yinzú Nairouz: Love this small museum. It is free and the exhibitions change. They have a good outdoor space at the back

Sam Odle: Beautiful & often overlooked art museum! It’s not very big and parking nearby can be difficult so metro + walk or bike if you aren’t visiting at an off hour. Pro tip: download UniGuide from the App Store to have a self guided experience and not have to play around with getting that set up when you’re there.

Mary McPartland: Such a beautiful, unique, authentic Spanish-lovers artistically wonderful center. Peaceful and quiet interiors right near all the National Mall memorials. Great photo and art exhibit from Spanish Civil War and exhibits depicting all the strife of 1960s-70s Central and South America. Write ups next to the art are super informative. The physical space is gorgeous - open, airy, very beautiful courtyard and architecture. Very friendly reception and well kept grounds. Stop by for a history art lesson!

9. National Geographic Museum

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National Geographic Museum
Location
4.3
Price / Quality
4.2
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

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: "The current photography exhibit, 'Women' is very good."

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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. Freer Gallery of Art

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Freer Gallery of Art
Location
4.6
Price / Quality
4.7
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

Guy: Art museum


Review: "Sackler exhibits add to overall experience."

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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.

11. ARTECHOUSE DC

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ARTECHOUSE DC
Location
4.1
Price / Quality
4.1
Variety Functions
4.2
Possibility of Parking
4.1
Wifi
4.1

Address: 1238 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "The exhibitions are interactive."

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Brian Copes: It was my first time going here and it was nice experience. They do not let you in early so I would not get there too early because you’ll need to wait for designated time slot. They provide an overview prior to going into the room with a video. It was a visual cool experience with sounds, video and lighting. I think we spent about 20 minutes in the main room and then probably 20 in the other two rooms. It’s a solid 45 minute experience if you are not drinking at the bar. Yes, they have a bar inside the main room. Also, they do have a coat room for guests as well. It’s educational and fun. It’s pricey about $25 dollars with taxes on the weekend but it was worth it. Staff was helpful with explaining the various exhibits to the guests. The mens bathroom was plainly nasty. Yeah, I would try to avoid it if you can. Overall, I would recommend this place for an interactive art experience!
Response: Hi Brian, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed our space. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing restroom cleanliness to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Jacob Blandford: This is one of the wildest art exhibits I’ve been to and I mean that in the best way. A total sensory experience. The visuals are so vibrant and the music creates an amazing ambiance, all of it built on a foundation of neurology and science. You could spend hours enjoying the show. It was fairly busy on a Saturday night but still plenty of room to make it feel like you had your own space.
Response: Hi Jacob, thanks for visiting ARTECHOUSE DC and for taking the time to leave a review. Thank you for the kind words about our space. With all of the things to do in DC we really appreciate that you took the time to check out ARTECHOUSE.

Monica Cortes: I went with my friends after having had great experiences at the NY location. This installation by Quayola was beautiful and entrancing. It was so interesting to see how the coding connected to the musical instruments manipulated and altered the colors and projections. There was a really nice walk through on the side that gave more detail to the exhibit and a bar with drinks centered around the design and theme of the installation. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to see what other installation arrive this year.
Response: Hi Monica, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you've enjoyed multiple ARTECHOUSE spaces. Thank you for sharing your feedback. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Kenny T: A truly Amazing Place!! Gift shop is Great! The Art is Absolutely Beautiful! You can purchase NFT Art, they have a Bar! You can sit anywhere and it will truly be a one of a kind experience!!
Response: Hi Kenny, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed all of our offerings. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

Lydia Kennedy: Went to the Pixelbloom installment April 2022. This art installation is incredibly cool! It’s all a 3-D feeling and the colors change at different times, see pictures. It’s such an interesting way to showcase art in a digital form! What’s also really cool is that the artists change every few months so you’ll always get a new experience. Highly recommend if you are a local or a tourist in DC! It’s located right near the Smithsonian, so easy to get to if you’re downtown for a day full of monuments. Parking garage attached as well.
Response: Hello Lydia, We appreciate your positive feedback about your experience. We take pride in serving our customers and hope to see you again soon!

So Maryn: This is for the Transient exhibit. They say it will take 45 - 60 mins for the exhibit but more likely it is an 30 minute experience. I assume the exhibit is scaled down due to the pandemic as I recall it being more richer or more exhibits in prior to pandemic times. If you like modern art this exhibit may appeal to you as you experience what machines can do with transient art and music. You get to see some of the code for the music as the screens constantly change. I would of liked more descriptions throughout the exhibit on the artistic and tech process for this exhibit. The art was in digital strokes and points on different size “canvas” screens. Good photo opps. One main area with a piano and ceiling through floor “canvas” followed by a smaller adjacent room and two small adjacent rooms and a hallway. Also it would be amazing to have an interactive component to this as human feedback interacting with the code can generate fresh art and music.
Response: Hi So, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed Transient: Impermanent Paintings. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing your preference of interactive installations to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Yvonne Marbury: Artechhouse was such a interesting place to visit. The digital displays grab your attention and you cant look away, Id even say its mesmerizing. There was 3 rooms with displays, with some interactive things to try.Very interesting show to watch the life of a neuron.
Response: Hi Yvonne, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed our space. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

Ethan Anderson: It's definitely a unique experience. The exhibits were very fun to see, the drinks were good, and the staff were very friendly. Part of me expected a little more (not the exhibit itself, those were awesome, I just thought there'd be more to see) but I am glad I saw it. It took us about 30 min to walk through and then spent another 20 at the bar.
Response: Hi Ethan, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad to hear that the team helped you enjoy your time in our space . Thank you for sharing your honest feedback about your expectations. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our visitors.

Nazanin Malek: Artechouse was such a amazing experience to to have in a rainy day, when you are not sure what to do! it takes you out of where you are for a while. But Honestly I expected bigger place and more to show, or some different songs.It worth one time to try.
Response: Hi Nazanin, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you were able to escape your daily routine in our space. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback and bringing your expectations to our attention. We strive to create a positive experience for all of our guests.

Mike: This was my second time coming here and both times it was a great experience. I was impressed with the quality of the digital art and the interactive art displays. The main roow was just awesome with blossoms. The first time we went we could make trees grow with raising our arms it was very interactive and fun. The digital art was very high definition. The side rooms was fun to watch and each interactive piece was tons of fun. Lots of people taking videos of the blooming flowers. I would highly recommend it. Wish we could have kept the cardboard pieces on the drinks but oh well.
Response: Hi Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad you enjoyed the installations and XR Bar. We hope you’ll visit ARTECHOUSE DC again in the future to experience our next interactive digital art exhibit.

12. International Art Gallery and Custom Framing

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International Art Gallery and Custom Framing
Location
4.9
Price / Quality
4.8
Variety Functions
4.8
Possibility of Parking
4.8
Wifi
4.8

Address: 1625 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 466-7979

Guy: Art gallery


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Dave: Truly exceptiponal work with better prices than the other framers in the area. Habib, the owner was extremely friendly, accomidating, and helpful. Loved working with him! He did a masterful job of guiding through the process. Could not have been better to work with. This is the framer you want to work with!
Response: Dave, thank you for the wonderful review.. It was a pleasure working with you. I wish you a Happy Holidays and the Best for the New Year

Austin F.: Best framing work in the DMV area. Habib went above and beyond to help me design custom framing. He was patient, provided numerous options and ideas, offered competitive pricing, and completed the items promptly. Exceptional service and the highest quality of craftsmanship. Thank you Habib and team!
Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Austin. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We truly appreciate your business. Looking forward serving again in the future.

shelley davis: This is my second visit to have Habib make my paintings more exquisite with an amazing framing job. His quality of craftsmanship, attention to detail & making sure your art work fits the frame is by far the best I have experienced. See you next week for pick up. Thx.
Response: Shelley, it has been pleasure working with you. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us.

Mir Niy: What an exceptional place to frame your artwork! I needed calligraphy art framed within two hours. Despite short notice, Habib and Lauren took their time to advise me what color and type of mat/frame to use and the frame turned into a fine artwork. Many thanks for professionalism. Highly recommended!
Response: We were happy to help! So glad you were pleased with our work. Thank you for your review.

Joshua Young: Habib is incredible and maybe best prices in DC for quality work. He framed 2 large pieces of original art for me in addition to a number of smaller prints. Habib went above and beyond to fix a small problem that occurred with one of the pieces and we are fully satisfied in the end. Highly recommended.
Response: Joshua, thank you for kind words. It was a pleasure serving you. We are delighted that you are happy with our quality of work and service.

Etu Dieng: I am an interior designer and decorator and I have been using Habib's services since 2007. Very neat gallery, great art selection, very kind employees with professional attitude, unique original art collection all in the hand of an expert with a great eye and unbeatable price range. I highly recommend this place
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Jeremy Haile: This is the best place for framing in Washington, DC. They provide all kinds of services for hanging art, photography, or other materials, and they have a great selection of works to choose from. Projects are completed promptly, and are consistently of the highest quality. And the price is always fair. Best of all, Habib and his staff are wonderful to work with. For art and custom framing, there's no better place in town.

Michael Werner: Habib did a fantastic job helping me design and frame a set of pictures from our vacation. It looks beautiful in our home. He really provides personalized and top-notch service
Response: Hello Michael, thank you for the kind words. We are glad that you are happy with our services.

Joe Donnelly: IAG deserves five stars. A) Open for a few hours on Saturday (major plus), B) very professional, C) reasonable pricing, D) excellent quality in finished pieces, E) outstanding timing. I expected to feel like I was paying too much for framing and to not enjoy the experience. To the contrary, Habib is very welcoming, made me feel great about my art - equally the expensive item and the $40 casual print that I might ditch in a year. For the expensive piece, he listened to my framing idea and politely recommended an alternative (black frame vs. chrome) which was actually a much better fit given the colors in the art. Then, he met his great prices with amazing timing to help me get these hung before a small party. I HIGHLY recommend Habib and Int'l Art Gallery (I chose him based on reviews so I hope this continues to spread the good word) and I will return to him for any future framing needs. Thanks!

Billy McMorris: Couldn't have been better. Quick, excellent service and amazing staff. I walked in with my own ideas of what my frame would look like; the staff had much better (and more tasteful) ideas. They obviously could have taken advantage of my ignorance and steered me to the most expensive frame in the store and instead did it at a lower cost than my initial budget.

13. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience - Washington DC

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Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience - Washington DC
Location
4.7
Price / Quality
4.8
Variety Functions
4.7
Possibility of Parking
4.7
Wifi
4.7

Address: 524 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (213) 277-2954

Guy: Exhibit


Review: "The exhibition is a work of art in and of itself."

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Anand Kumar: My wife and I went. It was very good. Very entertaining and educational. I learned so much about the artist. There was plenty to do and see. We spent about 1. 5 hours there. You can go at your own pace. You can buy regular tickets or VIP tickets for a bit more. We bought the VIP tickets which let us see the 3D virtual glass tour for free or you could pay $10 separately. We got a VIP lanyard as well and the VIP ticket let you get either a print or a pin of your choice. We really enjoyed ourselves. I would recommend it. Also, the free parking was a huge plus no meters to feed. I also forgot to mention that you can go earlier than your scheduled time there is plenty of space to walk around and not bother others. Our time stamp was for 11am but we went in at 10:35 which was great because we got out much earlier than I expected.
Response: Thank you so much for your 5-star review - it's much appreciated!

Al Dietz: Wow, what an incredible experience!!! The show was extremely well done and visually stunning. The exhibits prior to entering the show were excellent in defining the life and art of Van Gogh. Everything was first rate. A train ride to D.C and a two stop Metro ride from Union Station to the show made it easy to attend. Planning to go again in the near future!
Response: Hey there, Al. We're truly honored by your 5-star rating for this exhibition! We have worked very hard to provide a quality event, so we're glad to know that our mission has been accomplished. We can't wait to see you again in this or any future Fever and Exhibition Hub events!

Jessica Balasso Lynch: Amazing experience! I loved how well it was set up and the whole atmosphere. My husband bought the tickets because I was the one who wanted to go, but he end up enjoying it too. I advise people to buy the VR tickets or the VIP since that's the last part of the experience and it's really nice!
Response: Hi, Jessica! We really appreciate you taking the time to review this Exhibition Hub & Fever experience. Your comments are very useful for future attendees to know what to expect during their visit. Thanks for your review. Hope to see you again soon!

Jenn Caffey: Very cool exhibits. Could have been a very chill visit if not for the crowds. However, I still enjoyed it. You could speed through in about 30 minutes or experience every exhibit fully which could take probably 1 1/2 hours.
Response: Hey! Thank you for having taken the time to write such a kind review. We're all glad that you got to be a part of this experience!

Bobbie Dickerson: Amazing art installation! Great coverage of Van Gogh's life and creativity! Definitely recomend staying in the beautiful full immersion room for at least 30 minutes to see the full experience. The add-on 3D experience was totally worth the extra $5. Parking lot right out front very convenient. Highly recommend this attraction!
Response: Thank you so much for your 5-star review - it's much appreciated!

D L Anderson: The immersion was excellent. I so appreciated learning more personally about Van Gogh and his artwork. The exhibit was beautifully done using modern technology to allow a wider audience to experience the art of this brilliant artist. My hope is that the exhibit will also help diminish the stigma that still exits around mental illness.
Response: Hello. It's an honor for us at Fever to be a part of the Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience along with our partners and, especially, you. We hope that Fever keeps providing you with more experiences like this in the future.

C. Dean: What an awesome experience! Got to know the life of the artist through his painting, the 360 digital certainly make you feel immersed in all masterpieces displayed. The Starry Night is one of my favorite pieces. Being able to create my own Van Gogh masterpiece and putting it on display was a very cool add on to the experience. Having to pay an extra 5 bucks for the VR put the icing on the cake. Organizers did a fantastic job putting this together.
Response: Hello, Dean. Thank you so much for your 5-star rating - it's much appreciated! We hope to see you again in future Fever events!

Arpan Shah: Fantastic experience to immerse in the art. Love the blend of technology with art on the large room with full wall projections of his art with a story telling automated display. It was fun to visit with the kids and even try painting our own version of the starry night as an activity! Loved it and a must visit while it lasts!
Response: Hello, Arpan. Thanks! for your lovely rating and for giving us the chance to entertain you. It has been an honor! We hope that you seek in Fever your next adventure and, hopefully, lifetime experience in a near future.

Joshua Sheffield: What an amazing experience. Very relaxing atmosphere. The other guests were pleasant allowing us to relax and enjoy the show. Seating in the immersive show was limited so we ended up sitting on the floor. Although we are not old it was not as comfortable as we would have liked.
Response: Thank you so much for your 5-star review - it's much appreciated!

Jeremy May: Did not disappoint! I took my family here and everyone loved learning about Van Gough. Also everyone loved the immersion room (where the paintings were projected 360 degrees around the room). We did this as a Mothers Day activity (on a rainy day) and it was perfect. I definitely would recommend it - especially if your an art enthusiast.
Response: Hello, Jeremy, We're extremely happy to read that so many people have participated in this Exhibition Hub & Fever experience and have left positive reviews like these! Your comments are very useful for future attendees to know what to expect during their visit. Ready for the next adventure? Can't wait to see you again!

14. Culture House DC

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Culture House DC
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Sat

Guy: Art gallery


Review: "Fantastic building and exhibition."

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Traveling Terrezzas: So we had stopped by to take a picture of the beautiful community center. It was obvious a church reclaimed by artists and is vibrant and so colorful. I have never seen anything like it. Inside is urban, community art and it honestly is inviting for all types. There are also artwork outside to admire people's creativity and artistic ability to appreciate. Parking is a little difficult as it is non-existent and any street parking is permit for the apartment complex next to it.

Stacey Sutton: I went to Candlelight: Vivaldi last night put on by FeverUp at Culture House and it was Absolutely AMAZING. This was held in the basement of the art gallery (which I really want to visit after seeing the reviews). There was a small stage with ~90 folding chairs, a small bar, a nice wide middle isle, and great acoustics. There were a couple of small things that I mentioned during my feedback survey that I hope FeverUp might do differently in the future. But on the whole, last night was the most talented quartet I've ever heard...playing beautiful music and educating/entertaining us between scores... in beautiful ambiance. It was truly beautiful. I can ONLY imagine how long it took to set everything up. I have already booked more events and can't wait until the next one. BTW, there's not really any parking nearby so I would keep that in mind when deciding on footwear. It took me ~10mins to walk from Waterfront Metro...but I walk fast.

Samuel Satterfield: Beautiful community space. Tons of art and gallery space. Nice outdoors area. Great indoor space for community events. Not very Metro accessible so if you’re planning a visit, I recommend coming by car or being prepared to walk. But once you get here, it’s easy to spend an hour or two just walking around and looking and what there is to see. Take some time out of a weekend to check it out.

Kaila C: This was my first time going to this session and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was WELCOMING and NON-JUDGMENTAL. I am a entry level dancer with no experience at all. So, I was a little worried about how this was going to work, but the instructor O she made it a fun and confidence gaining experience. I will recommend anyone to attend if your looking for fun and building confidence.

Joan Masterman: Attended candlelight Vivaldi concert at Culture House. Took metro - easy trip! Beautiful venue; toured art exhibits after concert.

Natasha Shokouhi: *Heart Love Eyes* (x 1,000) We have nothing else like this in DC. For so long DC lacked the urban art culture that so many other cities had booming way before us. So it's really lovely to see all the wonderful additions in DC, and Blind Whino is one! The building itself is a beautiful historic church. And then you add gorgeous colors and art to it?! DUH! How could it not be amazing?! So many weddings and private events happen here, and I can totally see why. Such a wonderful venue space. On top of being a venue space, Blind Whino has rooms that are transformed into art galleries. They feature different artists and exhibits. Although small, definitely a great space. Again, the building alone is amazing enough art to see! I could stare at Blind Whino for days and never get bored. Beautiful. Free parking lot. And plenty of street parking.

Shirley O-D: I came here for a candlelight concert last week. It is definitely a dope spot and I will be back another time just to explore the space more and see the art.

First Account: We took our family here for the hip hop pop up museum and it was a lot of fun. The kids loved learning about the history of hip hop and seeing the memorabilia from the various eras.

Darren D: Stopped by to take some photos. This place is fantastic. Would love to see some live music here...as I am sure the venue would be amazing for a great band. Definatly a must see for the artsy fartsy type.

Garrett B: This is one of the premier art enclaves in D.C. The newest collection features a dad capturing pictures of his son in a space suit in numerous different scenarios to illustrate the exploration and continuous discovery of children. From the evanescent colors adorning the building to the awesome and kind people who run the spot, this is a must see for D.C.

15. National Gallery of Art - East Building

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National Gallery of Art - East Building
Location
4.7
Price / Quality
4.6
Variety Functions
4.6
Possibility of Parking
4.6
Wifi
4.6

Address: 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20565

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 737-4215

Guy: Art museum


Review: "... place to visit, need one day to see all the art and exhibitions"

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Da-Wang Wu: The East building might have less collection compared to the West building, but the overall space design and collection are still pretty amazing! This building has the modern and contemporary collections, and there are also some outdoor sculptures, including the rooftop and the side of the entrance. There’s an underground tunnel connecting to the West building, which is also beautifully designed. Overall, we enjoy visiting the East building!

Alabama OUTSIDErs: Incredible museum, as you would expect from a part of the National Gallery of Art. The building has a lot of cool architectural highlights, along with the art. The East Building isn't huge, so it doesn't take a long time to peruse everything. The main building, of course, is gigantic. The cool walkway pictured takes you between both buildings, underground.

A.J. Nowaczyk: There is so much amazing stuff in here. The Calder room itself is very impressive. Staff are very helpful. Some of my favorites are: 1. Hahn/Cock (2013) by #KatharinaFritsch 2. Genesis (1942) by #Matta 3. The City from Greenwich Village (1922) by #JohnSloan 4. Cape Cod Evening (1939) by #EdwardHopper 5. Both Members of This Club (1909) by #GeorgeBellows 6. Still Life: The Table (1928) by #GeorgesBraque 7. Harlequin Musician (1924) by #PabloPicasso 8. A Boy for Meg (1962) by #AndyWarhol 9. Tulip Car #1 (1966) by #VijaCelmins (a personal favorite) 10. Infinity Nets Yellow (1960) by #YayoiKusama (really amazing technique, it was massive, but zoomed in on the strokes)

L. H.: awesome!! all the people working were super helpful and knowledgeable, it’s a little tricky to find your way around some parts! the artwork on display is so worth going to see! great for a rainy or cold day!

Mohammad “Mo” Mumtaz: Incredible gallery with tons to do. I was overwhelmed by how much there was to see, so it will likely take 2 trips to explore the entire east/west sides of the museum. Awesome Cafe on site for if you need a quick bite or coffee as well. One of my favorite museums in DC!

Trevor Park: Amazing collection of art. Was lucky to see the Rothko, Newman, Caulder and Pop exhibits. Seemed a little in transition during this visit with a number of exhibits closed or under maintenance.

Kevin Shim: My wife is a fan of Rothko.If you are the same, go to the very top of Tower 1. You won’t be disappointed with all the Rothkos up there.

LV: Comparatively to the East building, the west building is a bit deceptive. But the art collections are still very interesting and the roof terrace gives a nice view of Washington.

Adam Mutch: Had no idea how good the collection is here. Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Renoir are all represented. Even Da Vinci. Plus the buildings are just stunning.

David Gilbank: An amazing, breathtaking experience. See original works by Da Vinci, Van Gough, Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet...the list goes on. Mesmerising and wonderful. A once-in-a-lifetime (if you dont live in Washington!). Go. Put it at the top of your list. The building and design is superb.

16. US Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery

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US Senate Press Photographers’ Gallery
Location
3.9
Price / Quality
4
Variety Functions
3.9
Possibility of Parking
3.9
Wifi
3.9

Address: 317 S Capitol St SW, Washington, DC 20510

Telephone: (202) 224-6548

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17. National Museum of Women in the Arts

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

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

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 783-5000

Guy: Tourist attraction


Review: "... collection with paintings, sculpture and fiber arts and photography."

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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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18. Hirshhorn Museum

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Hirshhorn Museum
Location
4.5
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: Independence Ave SW &, 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

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Review: "There are changing exhibitions."

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preservefootprints: It was under renovation but you still can visit and enjoy art show inside without being distracted by. The Marcel Duchamp legacy exhibit “It’s Art If I Say So” was informative and interesting, if you plan your next visit, pay attention on the white toilet that was almost mentioned in some of the artworks. Can you count how many are they? 😉 Don’t miss out the drawing your shadow in “Call it A Little Game Between ’I’ and ‘Me’” exhibit. While you walk between exhibits, don’t forget to feel the Mark Bradford “Pickett’s Charge” that goes around the building. Check on the Laurie Anderson “The Weather” Exhibition! It was a breathtaking! Also don’t forget to stop by the lower level exhibit of Barbara Kruger “Belief + Doubt” around the shop area. And when you leaving to the Sculpture Garden, don’t be surprised of the wide coffee tables from tree root in the lobby! Awesome!

T Shung: My favorite museum in DC! I love that the exhibits change out and you can revisit it months later and it can be whole new art. It was pretty crowded though for a Saturday, so plan accordingly. I used to work nearby and used to go there on my lunch sometimes and enjoyed eating my lunch in the court yard. It's big but not overwhelming. It's such a diverse group of eclectic thought provoking art from varioua artists.

Seth Grossman: An incredible museum which is currently undergoing some renovations, but is still worth the visit! Like the Guggenheim in NYC, the shape of the building itself plays into the experience; each exhibit following the curve of the building and leading you through its treasures. A perfect example was Mark Bradford's "Pickett's Charge" which was created specially for this space. Besides the building itself being part of the museum experience, each floor is like its own separate tiny museum, focusing on one artist's work or one subject. It is a well used space for a somewhat smaller sized museum. And the experience can be enhanced and enlightened depending upon the specific exhibit. However, the Duchamp exhibit was informative and just okay. If you get a chance, go to see Laurie Anderson's "The Weather" - I was absolutely blown away by this entire exhibit. Most of my pictures are from one room of this exhibit, but all of the rooms were an experience. I was not expecting anything and was touched and impressed by every section of the exhibit. Check it out! Also check out the cool tables in the lobby built using the cross section of a tree's root system; beautiful!

Gary Seybold: The Laurie Anderson exhibit was simply awesome! It’s so good! This woman is a genius and I am so glad I saw her work here! If you have the chance to see it you should. You will not be disappointed.

James Barton: "As busy as it can be," which is a rating I've never seen before. This is a great art museum for people who don't like art (or the enlightened). This is all "modern" art, and mostly temporary exhibits (except for the sculpture garden, which seems to not change much).

Rebekah Horne: I took my kids to see the museum on Wednesday and they liked it so well we went through the exhibits twice. Then they asked to return again the next day. The Kusama and Anderson exhibits are wonderful! I couldn't recommend them enough. Both exhibits my teens loved, which is uncommon for them to be so excited about art.

Adriana Rakshana: The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is nice but honestly not necessarily worth it for the ticket wait? Pretty instagrammable though, if that means anything to you. If you live in DC, maybe wait for a couple months before visiting perhaps? If you're planning to visit anytime soon, maybe try and line up at 8/8:30ish. We visited at the end of March and the tickets sold out by 10:30, so plan accordingly! Outside of that, the Marcel Duchamp and the Laurie Anderson exhibits are pretty decent!

Abi Maghamfar: The museum's exterior is currently under renovation but it is open to visitors and the exhibits, especially Laurie Anderson's "The Weather" & Mark Bradford's "Pickett's Charge" are awesome!

greg hakala: Phenomenal visit to see the yayoi kusama visit. Arrived at 10:15am for the free allotted tickets and was able to grab 2 for 11:45am. Seems if you go in morning should be able to get tickets for that day, none are online.

Isabel Berdeja: One of my favorite DC museums, it’s free! Saturday and Sunday get pretty packed, so make sure to arrive early if you want to avoid crowds. Also, tickets for special exhibits sometimes ran out, so if you’re looking to see one of those, book the tickets in advance (they’re still free, they just use them to manage the amount of people in the exhibit)

19. Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.5
Variety Functions
4.4
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Temporarily closed

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

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Review: "We enjoyed the exhibition a lot"

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Credible Critic: An awesome museum. We visited when the "Future" exhibit was in place. Good exhibit with lots of content and hand on interactive things for people to participate. Like other Smithsonian museums, this one is free, you just walk in and enjoy what were being shown. It is such a good privilege that is available to everyone. May be this is the only country in the world that grants its citizens this privilege. Our family enjoyed this museum every time we came to Washington DC. Beautiful grounds, very supportive staff. It is a good outing for a family....

Sapphire Blue: This was a fun place to stumble upon. There was a lot of inventions that they have thought about to help the future. Although who knows when they're able to produce it all throughout the world. There's so much history and innovation in the displays they have. Some are interactive, ( most are not) but it was fun to walk through the whole thing. You can easily spend an hour reading everything and wowing at the displays.

Michelle Torres: I cannot explain how wonderful my experience was at the Smithsonian. The Futures Exhibit was absolutely worth my three visits there. Although I found all of the art displayed to be amazing, the Me Plus You sculpture by Amazon A.I. displayed directly in the center of the Smithsonian was by far my favorite piece in the exhibit. The sculpture itself is stunning, sophisticated, fun, and intriguing. I was honored to have met the beautiful creator, and the absolutely amazing team that brought this grand sight to life. Although I found everything to be interactive and enjoyable, it was a very insightful learning experience to see how far we have come in technology. This combination of fun, and learning makes the exhibit perfect for adults and children alike. This has definitely been an experience I will never forget. Whether alone, with your partner, or with family and friends I highly recommend taking the time to visit the Smithsonian Arts + Industries building. It's definitely a memory worth making.

Erica Coker: Of all the interesting things to see at the Smithsonian museums, a favorite of mine was the Futures exhibit at the Arts and Industries building. The exhibits were interactive. There was something for everyone. I hope that this becomes a permanent installation within this building. Entrance was free and it was not crowded. People moved through the exhibits at their own pace and there was no waiting in lines. Recommend checking this one out!

Darryl Royer: Lots of very cool exhibits! There are some neat hands on exhibits too that kids would enjoy. Not very big can get through the whole museum in about an hour. Great place to kill some time.

Juergen S: Great Futures exhibit going on now. Well organized and while there is a lot, it's just enough to keep kid's attention and not so much to overwhelm and keep them there longer than their attention span lasts. Had a great time.

Samuel Grindstaff: The architecture of the building is fantastic. The futures exhibit has a lot of little things for school age children. There wasn't a line and it takes about a half hour to see everything. If your kids get involved in the exhibits it may take a bit longer.

Muniba Khan: Me and my friend walked in while we were in the area to check out the Futures exhibit. It's an innovative and exciting exhibit! I definitely recommend it if you're a nerd about science, technology, and/or design.

Christina Brandsma: Great futures exhibit! There were interactive kid activities and a really thoughtful display of futuristic things grouped in 4 different areas. I highly recommend visiting!

Jeff Tong: Wow. Just wow. The free FUTURES exhibit runs until July 6, 2022. They have so many inspirational and informative pieces of art. They've a Virgin Hyperloop pod, a self flying helicopter, a closed system hydroponics exhibit, and just so many more. There are also historical artifacts like a braille typewriter and items from old World Fairs. Definitely a do not miss!!

20. S. Dillon Ripley Center

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S. Dillon Ripley Center
Location
4.4
Price / Quality
4.4
Variety Functions
4.5
Possibility of Parking
4.4
Wifi
4.4

Address: 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20560

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 633-1000

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Review: "Beautiful exhibits and interactive."

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LeeAnna Springer: Beautiful gardens and architecture. Small museum inside too with information on all the other museums in the Mall.

Christopher Hessler: Very nice side attraction when visiting the capital! Really enjoyed the exhibits. Everyone goes to DC for the show stopper attractions but really there is so much hidden within the cuty to enjoy. Strongly recommend a stop to take in as much of our nations history as possible.

Hilda Kroll: It's worth passing through the Ripley Center if you're visiting the Museum of African Art and/or the Freer/Sackler. Graphic Eloquence is always on display and worth seeing. The current temporary exhibit, Artists at Work, is an impressive array of works by Smithsonian staff. There are a couple of vending machines for reasonably priced drinks and snacks.

BradJill: The S. Dillion Ripley Centre (free entry) is one of many museum and exhibition venues located along the south side of The Mall in D.C. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm daily. This is a small, circularly shaped kiosk style building with a copper dome, situated between the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery. Upon entry, you descend several floors where you find exhibitions which change throughout the year. The underground exhibition area is directly linked to the Freer Gallery, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and National Museum of African Art. As such, you can actually use the entry for any of these four venues and each any of the others including the Ripley Centre exhibition space. Note: The Smithsonian Ripley Centre webpage has information on current and upcoming exhibitions. This is worth a quick review if you are considering making a stop here during upcoming visits to D.C.

Hannah Long: The Smithsonian’s Ripley Center is where the majority of the administration’s offices are. It is also connected (And Accessible) by way of the African American Art Building found in the garden of the Smithsonian Castle. The Ripley center (Smithsonian Associates) hosts community art classes on a quarterly basis (Typically each class is 3-8 sessions on the same day/time slot). These classes are taught by incredible professionals and typically don’t hold more than 15 students. The pricing and upcoming quarters schedule can be found online or by picking up a Smithsonian Associates Magazine inside the Ripley Center. Bathrooms are on the bottom/basement floor (wheelchair accessible) either down the hall to the right of where the elevator opens or on the opposite end of the hall after the first room of the African American Art History museum.

Michael Valdivielso: The Ripley Center is, in fact, under the roof garden and has a changing exhibit area. Plus some exhibits on artwork. Kind of hidden and never crowded. You can also access it from the Asian Art Museum or the African Art Museum. Restrooms available.

Glenda Castaneda: I loved this free museum more than any other. Impeccably clean, organized with lots of security taking care of the art exhibits. They had the Asian culture art and photography

jeremiah barr: "The Castle" great first stop on the Smithsonian museum tour, try the muffins in the cafe very tasty.

Hyung Park: Enter here to subterranean maze of Freer and Sackler Museum and Museum of African Arts. Wonderfully thought provoking contemporary art and cultural exhibits.

Jae Robinson: The "little secret" entrance is what I call it - the hidden gateway to a TON of cool and interesting things. The building looks, to me like a tiny enclosed gazebo, others describe it as a tiny mushroom shaped structure just on the outside near the 'Castle'. Whatever or however you describe it - its an entrance way into an underground area of knowledge. I haven't scoped all of it out, as I'm mostly attending a talk, lecture, or presentation offered by the Smithsonian, and these are usually after work hours. Easy access, with Handicap parking just out front, escalators and elevators for anyone who needs them [or the exercise buff that looks for the challenge, take the stairs!] Come early and sit outside a bit and enjoy the flowers of the nearby garden, or people watch as others walk the perimeter of the mall - lovely place.