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Washington, DC Museums

Washington, DC museums explore a wide variety of subjects from history to science to architecture to art and much more. Explore the world famous museums of Washington, DC and enjoy hands-on exhibits, historic artifacts, films, guided tours and special programs.

Best 5 Washington DC Museums
Washington DC has dozens of wonderful museums to appeal to a wide range of interests. From large publicly funded institutions to small historic homes, you'll learn a great deal and find some welcome surprises when you visit many of Washington DCs museums. To help you plan a great visit to the nations capital, here are my personal favorites.

A Guide to All of the Smithsonian Museums
Find out general information about all of the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC.

Dupont Circle Museums - Washington, DC
Learn about the museums near Dupont Circle, including the Textile Museum, Phillips Collection, Woodrow Wilson House, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives and more.

African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC honors and examines the African American's heroic struggle for freedom and civil rights.

B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum
Washington, DC's museum exploring the history and culture of the Jewish people.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Watch real money being printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC! Take a tour and see how U. S. paper currency is designed, engraved and printed.

Capitol Visitor Center
Find information about the new Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC, the largest expansion of the U.S. Capitol includes an exhibition gallery, two orientation theaters, a 550-seat cafeteria, gift shops, and restrooms.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869 as Washington, DC’s first and largest non-federal museum of art. The Corcoran is a College of Art and Design and a gallery displaying one of the most comprehensive collections of American art in the world.

Crime Museum in Washington, DC
The interactive museum explores the history of crime, law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation (CSI) and the consequences of committing a crime.

DAR Museum
Washington, DC's museum of the Daughters of the American Revolution features 31 Period Rooms that depict regional American furnishings from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Folger Shakespeare Library
The world's most extensive collection of works of Shakespeare and a center for studies in literature, art and history. Shakespeare theatre presents plays, concerts and family programs.Located in Washington, DC.

Ford’s Theatre Museum – A Washington, DC Museum About Abraham Lincoln
Exhibits explore Lincoln’s life in the White House, milestones of the Civil War and details about the Assassination conspiracy that led to his death.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC
Tour the beautifully restored Victorian Mansion that was the former home of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and advisor to Lincoln.

German-American Heritage Museum – Washington DC
The German-American Heritage Museum is the first national museum focusing on the history of German immigration and migration across the United States. Located on three floors of Hockemeyer Hall, the Washington DC museum features a variety of exhibitions, including several interactive kiosks and computers that let visitors research their own heritage and ties to Germany.

Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion
This Washington, DC historic site, former estate of art collector and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, showcases Russian and French art.

International Spy Museum
One of Washington, DC's newest museums explores the history of espionage and its technology. Great programs for children.

Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC
President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC gives Americans an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at Lincoln's Cottage features exhibitions that tell the story of Lincoln’s role as Commander-in-Chief.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum - Washington DC
The world renowned wax museum is divided into four themed sections, each featuring an array of exhibits, interactive experiences and wax figures. Find information about the Washington, DC location, exhibits, hours and more.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Visit this Washington, DC museum and learn about the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.

National Aquarium in Washington, DC
The National Aquarium in Washington, DC, the nation’s oldest aquarium, is home to more than 200 species including shark, eel, gators, the dreaded invasive snakehead fish and a baby loggerhead turtle. See a visitors guide to the National Aquarium in Washington, DC.

National Archives
Examine Washington, DC's collection of original documents that are part of America's history, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and more.

National Building Museum
Exhibits examine America's architecture, construction and urban planning. Special hall includes photographs and models of buildings in Washington, DC. Informative lectures, interesting demonstrations and great family programs.

National Geographic Explorers Hall
The small museum at the National Geographic headquarters explores nature and human cultures of all over the world.

National Law Enforcement Museum - Washington DC
The National Law Enforcement Museum will be a 55,000 square foot, mostly underground museum that will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. The National Law...

National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in the heart of Washington, DC, is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to celebrating the artistic achievements of women.

Navy Memorial and the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, DC
The Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington DC honor and commemorate the sailors of the United States Navy.

The Newseum Washington, DC Museum of News
The Newseum in Washington, DC, explores news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events.

The Octagon
The oldest architecture museum in the U.S.

O Street Museum Foundation
The only museum of its kind, O Street Museum Foundation is dedicated to exploring the creative process. The collection rotates and changes daily. From artist’s letters, to animation stills, to written manuscripts, to one of the largest "raw and exposed" music collections, the galleries are not limited to one genre. Many different kinds of tours are available. Located near Dupont Circle.

The Phillips Collection
The private modern art museum located in the heart of Washington, DC, features masterpieces ranging from French impressionism to American modernism.

Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
The Roman Catholic Museum offers interactive and multimedia exhibits that explore the Catholic Church and its role in history and society.

Sewall-Belmont House
The headquarters of the National Woman's party,a museum and library of the first American feminists.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, located in Georgetown's Historic District, this National Historic Landmark, was originally owned by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC
Find out about how to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. This museum is a memorial to the millions who died during the Nazi regime in Germany during World War II.

Washington Dolls' House & Toy Museum
A collection of antique dollhouses, dolls, toys and games.

Washington Navy Yard
Washington Navy Yard, the former shipyard for the United States Navy, serves as the home to the Chief of Naval Operations and headquarters for the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC. Visitors can explore the Navy Museum and the Navy Art Gallery

Woodrow Wilson House
Museum for the 28th president of the United States.

The Mansion on O – Dupont Circle
Learn about the Mansion on O, a unique museum in Washington DC, special events, scavenger hunts and more.

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