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Washington D.C, together with New York City, is arguably the most popular cultural destination in the USA. Indeed, four of the six most visited museums in the United States are in the country’s federal capital. Almost all major museums in the city 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 east end and the United States Capitol on the west, flanked by some of the famous museums and cultural institutions in the world.
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 all days, except Christmas
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, is renowned for its vast collection of paintings and sculptures of modern and contemporary art
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
The National Building Museum is a museum of architecture, engineering, urban planning and design in Washington, DC, 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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