Together with New York City, Washington D.C. is arguably the most popular cultural destination in the United States. Indeed, four of the six most visited US museums are in the federal capital. Many of the city’s most important museums are located on, or near, the National Mall, the 1.9 mile-long linear park which forms the backbone of Washington’s urban fabric and visually connects the Lincoln Memorial at its eastern end with the United States Capitol at its western one. The Mall is flanked by world-known monuments, museums, and cultural institutions, such as those part of the famous Smithsonian Quadrangle – a 388,000 square-foot district which contains several gardens, museums, and education centers managed by the Smithsonian Institution – or the National Gallery of Art, where you can also admire the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on public view in America.
Cover image, the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum. Photo Bathlander / Smithsonian Institution.
museums in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. - 700 Independence Ave SW
closed: open daily, except december 25
The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. is a famous museum of modern and contemporary art and a notable example of US Brutalist architecture
Washington, D.C. - Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
closed: Open all days except December 25
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. is the world's most important and most visited museum dedicated to aviation and human spaceflight
Washington, D.C. - 401 F Street NW
closed: open daily
The National Building Museum in Washington DC is a museum of architecture, urban planning, and design with a collection of over 150,000 pieces
Washington, D.C. - 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW
closed: open every day, except January 1 and December 25
The National Gallery of Art is a major museum in Washington, D.C., presenting art from the 12th century to the present, with over 4 million visitors a year
Washington, D.C. - 200 15th St NW
closed: open daily
The National Museum of African American History & Culture -NMAAHC is a museum in Washington DC dedicated to the African American life, history, and culture
Washington, D.C. - 1000 Constitution Ave.
closed: open every day, except December 25
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. is the world's most visited natural history museum with over 6 million visitors a year
Washington, D.C. - Eighth and F Streets NW
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., part of the Smithsonian, is a museum depicting American history through the portraits of its protagonists
Washington, D.C. - 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
closed: open daily, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day (the museum will be closing on December 31, 2019)
The Newseum is a museum in Washington D.C. dedicated to liberty of speech, media, journalism guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US constitution
Washington, D.C. - 8th and F Streets, N.W
closed: open daily
The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. is a museum of art and decorative arts of the United States from the 17th century to the present
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