The Best Museums in Washington, D.C.


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Washington, D.C. is a great city for museums and American history. Many of the museums are located at or close to the National Mall, an open-area national park that runs between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol.

Here are some of the museums you may want to check out during your time in D.C.:

Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian Museums are a group of museums administered by the U.S. government. Admission to the Smithsonian Museums is free! Many of the Smithsonian museums are located at the National Mall:

  • National Museum of American History - Preserves and displays the heritage and culture of the United States. Learn more about the social, political, and scientific history of the U.S. Check out the Star-Spangled Banner.
  • National Museum of Natural History - Filled with collections and specimens showcasing the natural and cultural history of the world. Don't miss the giant dinosaur fossils.
  • American Art Museum - Home to one of the largest collections of American art in the world. You can view art reflecting the American experience dating from the colonial period to present day.

  • National Air and Space Museum - The most visited museum in the U.S., the museum covers the history of aviation and spaceflight. Home to many impressive artifacts, including the Apollo 11 command module.

Other Museums

International Spy Museum - Features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display, which help paint a picture of the role spies and human intelligence have played in world events throughout history.

Newseum - An interactive museum of news and journalism highlighting the importance of the First Amendment. Every day the front pages from more than 80 international newspapers are put on display in the Today's Front Pages Gallery.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - The United States' official memorial to the Holocaust. The museum inspires leaders and citizens to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

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