Washington, DC Living - Places - Museums - Washington, DC, USA

Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
  • Air & Space: Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum; impressive collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and related artifacts; includes National Mall building and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport
  • American History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History; objects that reflect the experience of the American people
  • American Indian: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
  • Anacostia: Anacostia Museum; Smithsonian Institution museum of African American history and culture
  • Art African: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art
  • Art American: Smithsonian Institution American art museum
  • Art Americas: Art Museum of the Americas; Organization of American States; from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Art Corcoran: Corcoran Gallery of Art; 19th-century American art; legacy of William Wilson Corcoran
  • Art Freer & Sackler: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art; Smithsonian Institution national museum of Asian art for the United States
  • Art Galleries: Directory of DC art galleries; from Galleries Magazine
  • Art Hirshhorn: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution museum of international modern and contemporary art
  • Art Kreeger: Kreeger Museum; art works from the 1850s to the 1970s; legacy of David and Carmen Kreeger
  • Art MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art DC
  • Art National Gallery: National Gallery of Art; painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present
  • Art Phillips: Phillips Collection; museum of modern art; opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966)
  • Art Portrait Gallery: Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery
  • Art Women: National Museum of Women in the Arts; dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists
  • Arts & Industries: Smithsonian Institution Arts and Industries Building; constructed to exhibit materials acquired from the nation's Centennial Exposition at Philadelphia
  • African American: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
  • Black Fashion: The Black Fashion Museum; repository for antique and recent garments that have been designed, made, and or worn by people of color
  • Building: National Building Museum; architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning
  • Castle, The: Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle; Information Center for the Smithsonian's collection of museums on the National Mall and elsewhere
  • Children Capital: Capital Children's Museum; encourages children to climb, taste, touch, and imagine to learn about the world
  • Children Disc Crk: Discovery Creek Children's Museum; focus on environmental education; exhibitions, live animal demonstrations, and teaching
  • City: Historical Society of Washington, DC; information about the national capital's past, neighborhoods, and people; since 1894
  • Crime: the history of crime, punishment, and crime scene investigation
  • Cryptologic: National Cryptologic Museum; displays about the exploitation of enemy codes and the protection of American communication; provided by the National Security Agency; site includes National Vigilance Park honoring aerial reconnaissance crews who lost their lives in the line of duty; located near the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Daughters Amer Rev: Daughters of the American Revolution Museum; showcases the furnishings and decorative arts of pre-industrial America
  • Decatur House: Stephen Decatur House Museum; a historic house museum located one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square
  • Douglass House: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site; home of Douglass from 1877 to 1895; Douglass was a 19th-century African American spokesman; National Park Service
  • Drug Enforcement: Drug Enforcement Administration Museum and Visitors Center; educates the public about the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States
  • Dupont-Kalorama: Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium; promotes the "off the mall" museums and their neighborhoods in the greater Dupont-Kalorama area of Washington, DC; members include: Meridian International Center, Woodrow Wilson House, The Textile Museum, Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Society of the Cincinnati
  • Explorer's Hall NGS: National Geographical Society Explorers Hall; displays about past and current expeditions; information from scientists in the field; artifacts
  • Folklife Ctr: Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; promotes the understanding and continuity of contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and abroad
  • Health: National Health Museum; proposed museum about health and health science
  • Health & Medicine: National Museum of Health and Medicine; established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum; unit of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC
  • Heurich House: Christian Heurich House Museum, The Brewmaster's Castle; Late-Victorian house, built 1892-1894; National Register of Historic Places
  • Hillwood: Hillwood Museum & Gardens; collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russian imperial art; 18th-century French decorative arts; founder Marjorie Merriweather Post; 10-hectare estate has gardens and with azalea and orchid collections
  • Historical Soc: The Historical Society of Washington, DC; Kiplinger Research Library; Window to Washington Exhibit
  • Holocaust: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; Holocaust history and a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust by the Nazi's, collaborators, supporters, and pacifist enablers between 1933 and 1945; the United States didn't enter World War II until 1941
  • Interior Dept: Department of the Interior Museum Program; over 145 million objects and documents in federal collections; this page describes administrative information about this program
  • Jewish: B'Nai B'rith Lutznick National Jewish Museum; collection of Jewish artifacts
  • Marine Corps: National Museum of the United States Marine Corps; museum and heritage center under construction on a 55 hectare site next to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia; 48 km south of Washington, DC
  • McLeod Bethune House: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site; commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of the National Council of Negro Women
  • Military American-Jewish: National Museum of American Jewish Military History; contributions of Jewish Americans to the peace and freedom of the United States; Jewish War Veterans of the USA
  • Natural History: Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Navy History Ctr: Naval Historical Center; Washington Navy Yard
  • Newseum: Interactive news museum; now closed in Arlington, Virginia in preparation for a new Newseum facility on Pennsylvania Ave and Sixth Street in DC expected 2006
  • Octagon: Museum of the American Architectural Foundation; dedicated to architecture and design
  • Old Post Office: View from 82-meter tower; Richardsonian romanesque architecture; home to the bells of the US Congress; National Park Service
  • Old Stone House: historic home; daily lives of Georgetown's early residents; of Revolutionary War-era architecture
  • Postal: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum; located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station
  • Red Cross: American National Red Cross Museum; historic displays about health and safety
  • Sewall-Belmont House: Sewall-Belmont House and Museuem; home of the historic National Woman's Party
  • Science Koshland: Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences; presents science related to public policy; exhibits based on the National Aacademy of Sciences reports.
  • Shakespeare Folger: Folger Shakespeare Library; independent research library on William Shakespeare's work, life, and times; on Capitol Hill
  • Smithsonian: Smithsonian Institution; largest museum complex in the world; organization operating many museums in DC and elsewhere; research and education; founded 1846 with a gift from James Smithson "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge"
  • Spy: International Spy Museum; espionage and international spy-related artifacts
  • Textile: Textile Museum; textile arts
  • Trolley: National Capital Trolley Museum; presents history of Washington's electric street railways; Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Tudor Place: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden; neoclassical house; National Historic Landmark; in Georgetown's Historic District
  • Wilson House: Woodrow Wilson House; museum honoring Thomas Woodrow Wilson, born 1856, died 1924; 28th US President 1913-1921; Wilson lived here after his presidency
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