Category: Museums

Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library houses a few things. For one, if you are a researcher, you can access their special library of rare books. This is only relevant to a select number of people, but the library in general is a unique and extraordinary place to visit regardless. The library houses an Elizabethan theatre, which

Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks, located in the northwest part of the city, features some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the city. If you like walking through trees and parks, then this is a great place to go. It is definitely one of the less well-known parts of the city. You will rarely find it on

National Archives

The National Archives is one of the essential locations to visit in D.C. Many people have been there before, on eighth grade field trips, but if you haven’t, or if it has been so long that you don’t really remember it, it is definitely worth a trip. This is a place where you can see


The Newseum, located near the National Archives, right off the national mall, is one of the relatively few non-Smithsonian museums in the city. However, despite the fact that it is not free to enter, do not let that keep you from visiting. It is a truly unique museum in D.C. Featuring six floors of exhibits,

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, the other half of the building from the American Art Museum, is the only museum in D.C. devoted entirely to portraits. The majority are focused on individuals that had a role in the United States, but there is a large variety from around the world. Like the American Art Museum, the

American Art Museum

The American Art Museum is devoted entirely to art either by Americans or about America. It has a surprisingly large collection, with art ranging from 18th Century art to contemporary art and everything in between. There are some of the most impressive landscape paintings you will find in the city, along with all sorts of

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in the Smithsonian, and for good reason. In its massive exhibit, you can see everything from planes to rockets to scientific displays and flight simulators. While that last one costs money, most of the museum is absolutely free to see! This museum