Famous Museums in Washington, D.C.

Famous Museums in Washington, D.C.
There is always something to do in Washington, D.C. If you're looking to spend an afternoon exploring a museum, you won't be short of choices in this city. D.C. is home to more than 20 museums and has some of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the United States.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has something for everyone, whatever their age. It is home to more than 125 specimens and artifacts. There are so many fascinating exhibits that it will take several visits to see them all. The museum is also a research facility exploring new discoveries in the natural world. Exhibits include a permanent exhibit exploring the diverse life within the ocean, an exploration of Darwin's theory of evolution and a display of the fascinating ecology of ant society. This is the most popular museum in the D.C. area, so you may want to start your visit early in the morning to avoid crowds. The museum is open every day of the year except Dec. 25, and admission is free.

National Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 37012 Smithsonian Inst.
Washington D.C., 20013-7012
(202) 633-1000


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

If you're visiting Washington, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is a must-see. The museum is home to the largest collection of historic spacecraft in the world. You can explore 22 different galleries packed with thousands of artifacts related to aviation and space flight, including the famous Apollo 11 command module. Other exhibits include the Albert Einstein Planetarium, Space Race exhibit and an exhibit on helicopters and other means of vertical flight. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free.

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 357-2700

Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Holocaust Memorial Museum houses a permanent and inspiring memorial to the millions of victims who were annihilated and the many survivors of concentration camps during the Nazi regime of World War II. The exhibit comprises more than 900 artifacts and more than 70 monitors and four theaters showing film footage of the atrocities committed during the holocaust. The exhibit is graphic and disturbing and not recommended for children under the age of 11. There is no admission charge for any of the exhibitions nor the interactive displays at the Wexner Learning Center and library and archives. Visiting hours vary throughout the year, and a number of special exhibits and events are scheduled, including family programs.

The Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW
Washington, DC 20238-0001
(202) 488-0400


Article Written By Corinna Underwood

Corinna Underwood is a freelance writer based in Atlanta. She specializes in health and lifestyle features. Her writing has been published in a number of magazines including "Alternative Medicine," "Alive" and "Chronogram". She is also the author of Haunted History of Atlanta and North Georgia and Murder and Mystery in Atlanta. She holds a Master of Arts in women’s studies from Staffordshire University.

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