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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
#1 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The United States Holocaust Memorial museum is one of the best museums I have ever visited, from the architecture that reflects the industrialised scale of the mass murders committed by the Nazis, through to the n...
I've studied the Holocaust, have advanced degrees in American and Jewish history and have been to many Holocaust museums, including Yad Vashem in Israel.
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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
#2 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Although every single one of the Smithsonian museums offers amazing artifacts, art and access to the culture and history of the United States and the rest of the world, in my opinion, the Natural History Museum is...
The Smithsonian Institute offers 17 museums, galleries and a zoo in the greater National Capital Area - admission is free (for all) This is one of my favourite museums in Washington DC Highlights: - The Rotunda (a...
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National Air and Space Museum
#3 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... monuments and memorials, the Cherry Blossom Parade, Holocaust Museum, American History and Natural History Museums, Old Post Office/Trump Clock Tower, and the flight simulator in the Air and Space Museum is th...
For those art, science, history lovers fallow my advice visit Washington DC in the United States and be part of the Smithsonian Museums from natural science, airspace, aviation, maritime, railroad, art of war, fin...
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National Gallery of Art
#4 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
One of my favorite museums in the WORLD!! Stunning architecture by IM Pei, amazing film program, wonderful family and childrens art programs, stunning permanent collections and fantastic exhibitions, lovely gift s...
It's one of the best art museums in DC and I enjoyed every second as I discovered all those fantastic portraits and sculptures that have originated in Europe and America from different centuries.
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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
#5 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
After spending 2 days touring National museums and monuments, it was time to treat ourselves to a visit of Hillwood, the fabled DC area home of Marjorie Merriweather Post.
This somewhat obscure mansion and gardens museums is truly a hidden gem on the outskirts of DC museum center.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
#6 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
This is one of the most enlightening museums I've ever visited, and it is set up masterfully to walk you through the history of slavery, bringing you up to modern times.
The newest addition to the DC museums, the African American Museum is so well thought out and planned that it deserves great accolades for attention to great detail.
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National Portrait Gallery
#7 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Well, all the Smithsonian museums are amazing....this one is a wonderful way to see all the President's portraits (among many other things)...really, really recommend the FREE tour by Joann - she is excellent, nic...
Washington, D.C. is full of remarkable museums and monuments to fill your head and heart with historical facts, expressive masterworks, and examples of extraordinary boldness and courage...but perhaps the best nex...
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Newseum
#8 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
My favorite museum in DC! Excellent, informative, and interesting exhibits with a little more "modern" flair unlike some of the traditional museums around DC.
The Museum is still one of the true must-see museums in Washington, thanks mostly to the impressive array of permanent and rotating exhibits on media coverage of major events, historical developments, and institut...
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
#9 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The museum is beautiful with a thoughtful layout that is easy to navigate (some of the other DC museums can be a tad bit confusing to navigate, and you feel like you miss things).
Although these galleries don’t get the same attention as all the other Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, they are a must see! Excellent layout to match an excellent collection.
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Museum of the Bible
#10 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The quality of the displays and interactive experience exceeds most of the Smithsonian Museums, which is amazing.
I know Washington is filled with many museums and I have seen most of them, but the Museum of the Bible is truly special and well worth the visit.
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Anderson House
#11 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
It is also located right across the street from the Phillips Collection - a small fine arts museum worth visiting to see the Renoir's legendary "Luncheon of the Boating Party".
We were here for a wedding, and this museum is absolutely breathtaking, with gorgeous tapestries, furnishings and architecture.
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Ford's Theatre
#12 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Having spent the whole day touring around DC and all the museums we could get in to (there's so many and they're free!) we happened to be near Ford's Theatre and decided to get a quick picture in front.
Great museums in the theatre and the house.
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Renwick Gallery
#13 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
One of the most fun museums in DC, especially if you love modern art and art you can interact with.
After touring so many other Smithsonian Museums, it's a relief to be able to visit this place, without all the baggage checks, scanners, and entry lines usually faced.
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Dumbarton Oaks
#14 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
I am a DC native but try to visit the museums and cultural spots regularly.
On the topmost streets of Georgetown, this former home-turned-Harvard-operated research facility and museum houses an interesting mix of artifacts from the Byzantine era as well as beautiful pieces from south amer...
National Postal Museum
#15 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The Smithsonian institution museums… all 19 of them… are an amazing complex of curated exhibits, but the National Postal Museum was a breathtaking surprise for me.
Among the numerous Smithsonian museums, the stamp museum is dedicated to the hobby and housed in a gorgeous facility.
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The Phillips Collection
#16 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Located in the wonderful Dupont Circle area and away from the crowded press of the museums along the Mall, the Phillips is a house museum in the best sense of the term with an amazing collection of contemporary ar...
If you are tired of large museums and monuments take metro to Dupont Circle and enjoy an intimate visit at The Phillips Collection - you can also have lunch in the cafe or walk over to Teaism.
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National Law Enforcement Museum
#17 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
DC has so many free museums it’s a challenge for the ones which don’t receive government funding that have to charge admission: e.g.
One of the smaller museums in the DC area but a must see if you are in the area.
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Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
#18 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are two museums interconnected underground, both devoted to Asian art.
I love this museum, both for it's fantastic Asian art and that it's relative peace and sanity compared to the cacophony of other more popular museums across the mall.
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The National Archives Museum
#19 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
There are so many museums, art galleries, government buildings, national monuments and historic sites to see in Washington, D.C., from one end of the National Mall to the other, from Arlington National Cemetery to...
Often overshadowed by the Smithsonian Museums, the National Archives Museum boasts the USA's most important historical documents i.e. the original Declation of Independence, Bill of Rights and US Constitution.
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The President Woodrow Wilson House
#20 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Highly recommended for those who enjoy history and/or house museums.
Once you've seen the museums and monuments, this should be one of the top places on your list of additional places to visit.
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DAR Museum
#21 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
As this wonderfully informative museum and event space is located away from most other museums, you will discover this magnificent, space and library of geneology, on the West side of the Executive grounds, 17th S...
Located in a gorgeous, stately neoclassical mansion, this museum has an incredibly beautiful library, a number of well-preserved "period" rooms, plenty of elements to take you back through history and a huge libra...
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Rock Creek Park
#22 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
You should do this nature walk after tired or bored with the smithsonian museum.
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Petersen Boarding House
#23 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Like a few other DC museums you take the elevator up and work your way down.
The house tour is greatly enhanced by the addition of a museum where there is a very extensive display of Lincoln’s death and burial, as well as the capture of John Wilkes Booth.
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National Museum of Women in the Arts
#24 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... and depth, and showcase the accomplishments of women artists of all periods and nationalities who have often been excluded from art history narratives, and whose work can be really hard to find in other museums.
I love museums and I really really love art museums, with memberships to the Met, MOMA and the Whitney.
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National Museum of American History
#25 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Really kid friendly as all the US museums and learning centers have been that I've visited, this is a brilliant rainy or hot day destination and you could easily spend hours and hours in here all free of charge!
I've been to most of the Smithsonian museums several times, and the American History museum remains my favorite.
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National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
#26 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
By much, this is one of Washington's finest museums with great collections, temporary exhibits and excellent tours within the museum.
This is the perfect place to take a break from walking through all the nearby museums.
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National Museum of African Art
#27 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... the way and seeing amazing thing this African Art Museum is surely one of them, a true Hidden Gem I was Quite surprised to learn some of the Art collection in this museums was Walt Disney Personal collection.
Like all Smithsonian museums, it is free.
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United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
#28 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
This is an open space you might catch men in uniform which is always nice to see and You might see a ceremony usually in the mornings the museum is right next door but you must look for it .. Also a good place to...
It is large and beautiful .It is next to a Navy museum which is in the building next to it.
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The Kreeger Museum
#29 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
In a city of large museums, it is a unique experience to share the vision Mr. and Mrs. Kreeger brought to their collecting and their intimate life style.
During the government shutdown we explored many private museums and were very pleased to visit the Kreeger Museum.
International Spy Museum
#30 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
We visited this museum and 5 Smithsonian museums - Natural History, American History, Air and Space, National Portrait Gallery, and National Gallery of Art - my two kids loved this one the most.
Of all the dozens of historical sites and museums and memorials and art galleries in Washington, D.C., the International Spy Museum might be one of the least appreciated.
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