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CategorySummary/Website
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African American Civil War Memorial Museumhttps://www.afroamcivilwar.org/FreeAfrican American historyOperated by the National Mall and Memorial Parks, history of the African American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the United States Civil War
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American University Museum
https://www.american.edu/cas/museum/index.cfm
FreeUniversityArtPart of American University, regional, national, and international contemporary art
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Anacostia Community Museumhttp://anacostia.si.edu/Free
Smithsonian Institution
African American historyLocal history and culture
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Anderson Househttp://societyofthecincinnati.org/FreeHistoric houseHeadquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, early 1900s palatial residence with period furnishings, Society artifacts, portraits, armaments, and personal artifacts of Revolutionary War soldiers
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Art Museum of the Americas
http://www.museum.oas.org/index.html
FreeArtFounded by the Organization of American States as a museum for modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean art
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Arthur M. Sackler Galleryhttp://www.asia.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianArtInclude Chinese, Indian, Korean and Japanese paintings, photography, contemporary ceramics from China, 19th- and 20th-century Japanese prints, contemporary Japanese pottery, Persian and Islamic paintings and manuscripts
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Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
http://www.nationalshrine.com/FreeReligion
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Charles Sumner School
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc58.htm
Free
National Parks Service
HistoryOne of the first public school buildings erected for the education of Washington's black community
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Christian Heurich Mansionhttp://www.heurichhouse.org/
$5 suggested
Historic houseGilded Age mansion with early household innovations
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Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office
http://www.clarabartonmuseum.org/
$9.50History
website, apartment where Clara Barton lived throughout the Civil War that was her home base for her work as the "angel of the battlefield." After the war, she ran the Missing Soldiers Office out of this apartment. Barton and her staff received approximately 66,000 letters from families looking for their lost loved ones. They were able to locate approximately 23,000 missing men.
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DC Fire and EMS Museum
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d3601096-Reviews-D_C_Fire_and_EMS_Museum-Washington_DC_District_of_Columbia.html
Free?
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DAR Museumhttp://www.dar.org/museumFreeArtOwned by Daughters of the American Revolution, features 30 period rooms of decorative arts including furniture, silver, paintings, ceramics, textiles, toys, quilts
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Decatur House
https://www.whitehousehistory.org/events/tour-the-historic-decatur-house
FreeHistoric houseEarly 19th-century house with exhibits about the White House. Currently closed for tours.
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Department of Energy--Forrestal Building
https://energy.gov/management/exhibits-museums-historic-facilities-and-public-tours
Free
Federal agency
Science/Military history
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Dumbarton Househttp://dumbartonhouse.org/
Closed until Spring 2017
Historic houseEarly 19th century period house, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America
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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collectionhttp://www.doaks.org/
Closed until Spring 2017
LibraryExhibits of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and European masterpieces from its collections
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Folger Shakespeare Libraryhttp://www.folger.edu/?LibraryExhibits from its collections about William Shakespeare
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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
https://www.nps.gov/foth/index.htm
Free
National Parks Service
HistorySite of assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, includes theater presentation, Lincoln museum, and Petersen House where he was taken
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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
https://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic houseHome and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century
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Freer Gallery of Arthttp://www.asia.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianArtAsian art including East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, the ancient Near East, and ancient Egypt, as well as a significant collection of American art
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Gallaudet University Museum
http://www.gallaudet.edu/museum.html
FreeUniversityCulture/historyPermanent and rotating exhibits chronicling deaf culture and history[1]
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General Federation of Women's Clubs Headquarters
http://www.gfwc.org/who-we-are/visit-us/
FreeHistoric houseTours of the social clubhouse headquarters, changing exhibits of art, photographs and artifacts from its collections
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George Washington University Art Galleries
https://www2.gwu.edu/~bradyart/
FreeUniversityArtTwo galleries, includes painting, sculpture, and photographs, ranging from rare historic pieces to Washingtoniana and Americana to modern art
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George Washington Masonic National Memorialhttps://gwmemorial.org/$15
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Georgetown University Art Galleries
https://art.georgetown.edu/galleries/visit
FreeUniversityArtLocated in the Walsh building and around the Georgetown campus[2]
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German-American Heritage Museum of the USA
http://www.gahmusa.org/museum/
?Ethnic German AmericanGerman-American history and culture, operated by the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA in a Victorian townhouse
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Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardenshttp://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/
$18 suggested
Decorative artsEstate and gardens of Marjorie Merriweather Post, rooms decorated with her collections of 18th- and 19th-century French art, china and art treasures from Imperial Russia
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/home/
FreeSmithsonianArtContemporary and modern art
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Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
http://www.dchistory.org/hours-directions/
FreeHistory, LibraryExhibits of the city's history from its collections
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Howard University Gallery of Art
http://www.galleryofart.howard.edu/
?ArtLocated in Childers Hall, home of the Fine Arts Division of the College of Arts and Sciences[3]
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Interior Museum
https://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum
Free
Federal agency
HistoryActivities of the agencies of the United States Department of the Interior, including the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and United States Geological Survey
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International Spy Museumhttps://www.spymuseum.org/$22HistoryEspionage history, artifacts, famous figures
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Kreeger Museumhttps://www.kreegermuseum.org/
$10 suggested
Art19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures by internationally known artists, works by local Washington artists, traditional west and central African art
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L. Ron Hubbard House
http://www.lronhubbard.org/heritage-sites/dc.html
FreeHistoric houseResidence of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard from 1955 until 1959
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Laogai Museumhttp://laogaimuseum.org/FreePrisonConfronts the tragic legacy of China’s Laogai system of forced labor prisons
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Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/Free
Federal agency
LibraryExhibits from its collections in American history, culture and art
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Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museumhttps://www.jhsgw.org/?Ethnic - Jewish historyHistory of the local Jewish community; preserves the oldest synagogue building in the Washington, D.C., area; operated by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
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Lincoln Memorial
https://www.nps.gov/Linc/index.htm
Free
National Parks Service
HistoryIncludes displays about the building of the Memorial and some of Lincoln's phrases
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Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.
https://www.madametussauds.com/washington-dc/en/
$18 and up
Wax museumWax figures of media celebrities, Presidents, political figures, historical figures, sports stars and more
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Marian Koshland Science Museum
https://www.koshland-science-museum.org/
ScienceModern science and scientific issues including climate change, learning, aging and infectious disease
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Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
https://www.koshland-science-museum.org/
$5Historic houseHome of educator and civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune
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Meridian International Centerhttp://www.meridian.org/?ArtExhibitions of paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and crafts that reflect various aspects of American culture to encourage foreign understanding
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National Air and Space Museumhttps://airandspace.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianAerospaceHistory and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics
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National Air and Space Museum annexhttps://airandspace.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianAerospaceAir and Space annex with additional displays (in VA)
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National Archiveshttps://www.archives.gov/Free
Federal agency
Archives / HistoryExhibits from its collections including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I
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National Arboretum http://www.usna.usda.gov/Free
Federal agency
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National Bonsai and Penjing Museum
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/bonsai.html
Free
Federal agency
Located on the campus of the United States National Arboretum, Bonsai and Penjing botanical specimens and displays
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National Building Museumhttp://www.nbm.org/$10ArchitectureExhibits about architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning
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National Gallery of Arthttp://www.nga.gov/Free
Federal government
ArtPaintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts that trace the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present
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National Geographic Museumhttp://nationalgeographic.org/dc/$15Natural historyOperated by the National Geographic Society, changing exhibits of photography, natural history, culture and history
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National Guard Memorial Museum
http://www.ngaus.org/national-guard-memorial-museum
FreeMilitaryHistory of the National Guard of the United States from the Revolutionary War era to post-9/11 era
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
https://nmaahc.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianEthnic - African AmericanPlanned museum to open on September 24, 2016,[4] exhibit gallery located on the second floor of the National Museum of American History
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National Museum of African Arthttps://africa.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianArtAfrican art and culture, includes paintings, musical instruments, sculpture, jewelry, regalia, textiles, pottery
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National Museum of American Historyhttp://americanhistory.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianHistoryAmerican social, political, cultural, scientific and military history
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National Museum of American Jewish Military Historyhttps://nmajmh.org/?
Ethnic - Jewish - Military - History
Jewish Americans who served in the armed forces
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National Museum of Natural Historyhttps://naturalhistory.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianNatural historyGalleries include paleontology, geology, mammals, human origins, insects, ocean life, gems and minerals, Western, African and Korean cultures
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National Museum of the American Indianhttp://www.nmai.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianEthnic - Native AmericanLife, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere
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National Museum of Health and Medicinehttp://www.medicalmuseum.mil/Free
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National Museum of Women in the Artshttps://nmwa.org/$10ArtWomen’s achievements in the visual, performing and literary arts
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National Portrait Galleryhttp://npg.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianArt - HistoryImages and history of famous individual Americans
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National Postal Museumhttps://postalmuseum.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianPhilatelyHistory of the United States Postal Service and of mail service around the world
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Newseumhttp://www.newseum.org/$25MediaInteractive museum of news and journalism
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O Street Museum Foundation (AKA Mansion on O St)
http://www.omuseum.org/
$15 and up
ArtThe collection rotates and changes daily and includes art, music, architecture, memorabilia, manuscripts, sculpture and other items that promote exploration of the creative process.
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Octagon House
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc22.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic House
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Old Stone House
https://www.nps.gov/places/old-stone-house.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic houseMid 18th century period house
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Phillips Collection
http://www.phillipscollection.org/visit
$12ArtAmerican and European impressionist and modern art
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President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Homehttp://www.lincolncottage.org/$15Historic houseCottage retreat of President Abraham Lincoln and other Presidents
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Renwick Galleryhttp://renwick.americanart.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianDecorative artsAmerican craft and decorative arts from the 19th century to the 21st century
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S. Dillon Ripley Center
https://www.si.edu/Museums/ripley-center
FreeSmithsonianExhibitionExhibits of art, photography
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Saint John Paul II National Shrine
http://www.jp2shrine.org/en/index.html
FreeReligionLife and papacy of Pope John Paul II and the history of Catholic heritage in North America
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Salve Regina Galleryhttp://art.cua.edu/exhibitions/index.cfmFreeArtPart of Catholic University of America[5]
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Scottish Rite Temple and Supreme Council Library
https://scottishrite.org/headquarters/visitors/
FreeMasonicMasonic principles of personal, social and intellectual freedom, artifacts of American history, Masonic regalia and memorabilia
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Secret Service Museum
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/16/nation/la-na-secret-museum-20100516
Need a friend who works there
Government agency
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Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
https://www.nps.gov/bepa/index.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic house - HistoryU.S. women's suffrage and equal-rights movements
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Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://americanart.si.edu/FreeSmithsonianArtAmerican art that covers all regions and art movements found in the United States
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Supreme Courthttps://www.supremecourt.gov/Free
Federal government
Government
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Textile Museumhttps://museum.gwu.edu/
$8 suggested
TextilesTextiles from around the world including rugs, clothing
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The Octagon House
https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/wash/dc22.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic houseEarly 19th-century townhouse
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The Wilderness Society Gallery
http://wilderness.org/article/visitor-information
PhotographyExhibits from its collections, including photos by Ansel Adams[6]
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Tudor Placehttps://www.tudorplace.org/$10Historic houseMansion with European and American decorative arts including American silver, porcelain, furniture, glassware, sculpture, portraits, prints, and textiles
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U.S. Navy Museum
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/plan-your-visit.html
FreeMaritime - MilitaryHistory of the U.S. Navy from the American Revolution to the present, naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art
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United States Botanic Gardenhttps://www.usbg.gov/Free
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United States Capitolhttps://www.visitthecapitol.gov/Free
Federal government
GovernmentTours of the building
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United States Capitol Visitor Centerhttps://www.visitthecapitol.gov/Free
Federal government
HistoryHistory of the U.S. Capitol and Congress
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museumhttps://www.ushmm.org/FreeHistoryHistory of the Holocaust in Europe
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Voice of Americahttp://www.voatour.com/about/FreeGovernment
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Washington Monument
https://www.nps.gov/wamo/index.htm
Free
National Parks Service
History
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Washington National Cathedralhttps://cathedral.org/FreeReligion
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White House
https://www.whitehouse.gov/participate/tours-and-events
Free
National Parks Service
Historic houseOfficial state residence of the President of the United States, tours by advance reservation
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White House Visitor Center
https://www.nps.gov/whho/planyourvisit/white-house-visitor-center.htm
Free
National Parks Service
Historic house
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Woman's National Democratic Club Museum
http://democraticwoman.org/art-exhibitsmuseum/
FreeHistoric housewebsite, political memorabilia, artwork, and photographs in the Whittemore House, headquarters of the Woman's National Democratic Club
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Woodrow Wilson House
http://www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/
$10Historic houseHome of President Woodrow Wilson after he left office
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