Popular Washington DC Museums

Updated on December 11th, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Washington DC is in a class of its own, in regards to superior museums. On your next visit to this state make sure you visit one or more of the following institutions:

  1. Newseum

Come and experience one of the top destinations in DC at the Newseum which is the sole museum that has a dedication to free expressions along with the 5 freedoms in regards to the First Amendment freedoms which includes petition, assembly, religion, press, and speech. The 7 expansive levels in this museum feature multimedia galleries, interactive exhibits, and unique artifacts.

Visitors to Newseum can take advantage of a number of dining and shopping options with the 2-story Newseum Story that contains a variety of books, unique gifts, and apparel. The Food Section by Wolfgang Puck has on offer an array of cold and grilled sandwiches, hot entrees, gourmet soups along with so much more. Newseum is open 7-days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.

  1. National Museum of Natural History

Pay a visit to the largest Natural History museum in the world. Some of the highlights include the Hall of Human Origins, the 45.5 karat Hope Diamond, Mammals Hall, Ocean Hall, Dinosaurs, the Insect Zoo and the awe-inspiring African Bush elephant found in the rotunda of the museum. The Johnson IMAX Theater offers daily films along with the Atrium Café for visitors to enjoy food-court dining.

  1. National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum is an excellent way to explore interesting things about the world in which we live. This tourist destination is ideal for all ages and features a number of exhibitions that change on a regular basis.

The presentations include breath taking photography along with an interactive experience. Celebrating more than 125 years of providing education to people across the globe, the Museum offers a unique approach from many renowned scientists, photographers, and explorers that support the mission which involves inspiring the people that have an interest in, and care about, our planet. This museum is open for business daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  1. National Museum of The United States Navy

This museum can be found in the old Naval Gun Factory and features a collection of foremast-fighting top derived from the USS Constitution, ship models, the bathyscaphe Trieste, fine art, photographs, and uniforms. This is a hand-on experience ideal for groups or families which include functional submarine periscopes along with WWII gun mounts. Admission to this museum is free and is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on holidays and weekends from 10 am to 5 pm.

  1. National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum in the National Mall has daily-programs that involve science experiments. This is a fantastic kid-friendly museum where children can make paper airplanes and look through real telescopes along with a presentation from astronomy experts. Other activities include a daily show at the Planetarium, ride on a simulator, climb into an aircraft or even watch one of the daily IMAX shows. You can find more information about things to do in DC here.

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Washington DC Things To Do and See

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