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Museums, Cultural Centers, &
Historic Sites in the Greater Washington, DC Area
Academy Art Museum
106 South St., Easton, MD
African American Civil War Memorial
1925 Vermont Ave. NW, U Street/Cardozo neighborhood, DC (202) 667-2667.
Art Museum of Maryland
5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia, MD
Mill Historic Park
39401 John Mosby Hwy., Aldie, VA. (703) 327-9777. Early 19th c. waterwheel
and grain mill.
105 N. Union St., Ste. 327, Old Town
neighborhood, Alexandria, VA. Exhibits, hands-on laboratory, hosts Dig
Days and a summer camp program. Housed inside the Torpedo Factory Art
Alexandria Black History
902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-4356. Housed in the Robinson
Library, founded during segregation to serve Alexandria's African-American
library patrons. Exhibits, reading room, heritage park.
Red Cross Museum
1730 E Street, NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood,
DC. Exhibits on the history and mission of the Red Cross. Online exhibits
only, but tours of the National Headquarters building are offered on
Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD (410) 244-1900. Visual art by self-taught
artists from across the US.
Museum and Center for African American History and Culture
1901 Fort Place SE, Anacostia neighborhood, DC. (202) 287-3306. Smithsonian
museum of African American history and culture. Exhibits, tours, special
3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA (703) 248-6800. Galleries exhibit rotating
group and solo shows of contemporary art. Also houses artist studios
and family workshops.
1805 S. Arlington Ridge Rd., Arlington, VA. (703) 892-4202. Exhibits
tell the history of Arlington, from 16th c. Indian settlements along
the Potomac River to the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon. Housed in a historic
Robert E. Lee Memorial
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. (703) 235-1530. The Custis-Lee
Mansion, a restored Greek Revival home built in 1802, with a formal
garden, museum, and slave quarters. This was Robert E. Lee's home for
30 years and the place where he penned his resignation from the US Army
at the start of the American Civil War. National Park Service site.
1101 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (703) 875-1100.
Multi-disciplinary arts center. Includes gallery, theater, and performance
Art Museum of
201 18th St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 458-6016. Exhibits
from throughout the Americas, plus an outstanding outdoor sculpture
Arts and Industries
900 Jefferson Dr. SW, National Mall, DC (202) 786-9196. The original
Smithsonian museum (dating from 1881); houses the Discovery Theater.
Currently CLOSED for renovation.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 331-7282. Non-profit
organization housed in the historic James Monroe House. Sponsors public
gallery exhibits, concerts, lectures, and readings.
Birthplace and Orioles Museum
216 Emory St., Baltimore, MD (410) 727-1539. 3,800 baseball artifacts,
including ballpark equipment, trophies, furnishings, scrapbooks, and
5620 3rd St. S., Arlington, VA (703) 379-2123. The oldest surviving
house in Arlington County is a rare example of the dwelling and lifestyle
of the ordinary citizen during the 1700s.
Ohio Railroad Museum
901 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD (410) 752-2490. Railroad history, 20-minute
rail rides, model trains.
Pier 3 at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD (410) 396-3453. Coast Guard
and Navy history. Collection includes 3 historic vessels and the Seven
Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
North Charles Street and Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD. (410) 396-7100.
Collections include Old Masters, American decorative arts, and the Cone
Collection of Post-Impressionist and Early Modern Art.
1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore, MD. (410) 727-4808. Exhibits on the heritage
and preservation of Maryland's industrial past.
84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD (410) 216-6180. African American history
museum housed in an historic AME church.
of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave. NE, Brookland neighborhood, DC . Sculpture, mosaics,
and paintings on devotional themes are displayed inside the basilica.
103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD. (301) 762-1492. Period rooms
and changing exhibitions on the history of Montgomery County displayed
in a 19th c. Federal-style townhouse.
Mansion and Stable
12207 Tulip Grove Dr., Bowie, MD. (301) 809-3089. Restored 1745 Georgian
Palladian plantation home with gardens, and an early 20th c. thoroughbred
Banneker Historical Park and Museum
300 Oella Ave., Catonsville, MD (410) 887-1081. Park and museum on the
site of the former home of the astronomer, mathematician, and abolitionist.
1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD. (301) 949-8230. 35-acre garden.
Special programs include the "Wings of Fancy" live butterfly
show, the "Garden of Lights" holiday display, and horticulture
of Engraving and Printing
14th and C Streets SW, just off the National Mall, DC . Exhibits
on the creation and history of US currency.
121 N. Fairfax St., Old Town neighborhood, Alexandria, VA (703)
549-2997. The grandest mansion in Alexandria when it was built in 1753,
this house was used by General Edward Braddock as a headquarters during
the French and Indian War.
County Farm Museum
500 S. Center St., Westminster, MD (800) 654-4645. Original 19th c.
farm structures include a farmhouse, smokehouse, saddlery and one-room
1000 Jefferson Drive SW, National Mall, DC. Information center for
the Smithsonian Institution, housed in the original museum building
on the National Mall.
312 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA (703) 248-5171. Mid-19th c. Greek
Clara Barton National
5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo, MD (301) 492-6245. The first headquarters
of the American Red Cross and the home of Barton until her death in
1912. National Park Service site.
Claude Moore Colonial
Farm at Turkey Run
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean,VA (703) 442-7557. Working colonial-era
farm with guides in period dress.
Park Aviation Museum
1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park, MD. (301) 864-602. The world's
oldest continuously operating airport.
Run Mill Historic Site
10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA (703)
759-2771. 19th c. working gristmill plus miller's house, blacksmith
shop, and general store.
500 17th St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 639-1700. American
art, both historic and contemporary. DC's first art museum.
14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD (301) 952-8010. Exhibits
on the history and culture of Prince George's County.
Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 879-3241. Exhibits
American decorative arts prior to 1840, including 33 period rooms.
700 Army Navy Dr., Crystal City neighborhood, Arlington, VA. (202) 307-3463.
Traces the history of drug abuse, illegal drugs, and federal law enforcement
in the US.
748 Jackson Place NW, Lafyette Square neighborhood, DC (202) 842-0920.
Historic house museum on Lafayette Square designed by Benjamin Henry
Latrobe in 1818.
& Phillip Ratner Museum
10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD. (301) 897-1518. Paintings, drawings,
and sculpture by DC artist Phillip Ratner.
of the Treasury
15th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayette Square neighborhood, DC (202)
622-0896 . Fine and decorative arts in the collection of the Executive
Branch of the US government. Public tours by appointment only.
District of Columbia Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC (202) 462-7833. Non-profit
center supporting emerging visual and theatre artists. 750 square foot
gallery, 50 seat black box theater. Also hosts a monthly poetry series.
of Columbia Jewish Community Center, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery
1529 16th St. NW, Logan Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 518-9400 .
Rotating visual art exhibits by or about Jewish people. The DCJCC also
hosts films, plays, concerts, and special events.
2715 Q St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC (202) 337-2288. 1800 home
filled with Federal period furnishings. Headquarters of the National
Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
Dumbarton Oaks Research
Library and Collections
1703 32nd St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC (202) 339-6400. Collections
of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. Owned by Harvard University. Also
home to one of the best formal gardens in the region.
17th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayeete Square neighborhood, DC. (202)
395-5895. Saturday tours of the restored building are available by advance
B&O Railroad Station Museum
2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City, MD (410) 461-1945. Oldest surviving
rail station in the US, restored to its 1887 appearance, with exhibits
on the history of transport and travel in 19th c. America.
10209 Main St., Fairfax, VA. (703) 385-8414. American Indian, Colonial,
Civil War, and other objects tell the history of Fairfax County.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Builindg, 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Federal Triangle
neighborhood, DC (202) 324-3447 . Exhibits on some of the FBI's most
famous cases. One-hour tours also include a look at the FBI lab and
a firearms demonstration by a Special Agent. NOTE: Tours were suspended
after 9-11; no date has been set for re-opening. Check for availability.
20th St. NW between C St. and Constitution Ave., Foggy Bottom neighborhood,
DC (202) 452-3778 . Guided tours of the Eccles Building highlight architecture,
art, and interior design.
2112 R St. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 483-2777. Dedicated
to presenting, promoting, and preserving the cultural heritage and arts
of the Americas.
and Petersen House
10th St. NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC (202) 426-6924 . Working
historic theater and museum, site of the assassination of President
Abraham Lincoln. Administered by the National Park Service.
Ward Museum and Historic Site
4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 838-4848 . The best preserved
of the ring of Union forts and batteries built during the Civil War
to protect the capital. Exhibits, tours, lectures.
Freer Gallery of
Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jefferson Drive at 12th St. SW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-2700. Smithsonian
museums of Asian art. Don't miss Whistler's Peacock Room.
1855 firehouse in historic Alexandria.
134 Royal St., Old Town neighborhood, Alexandria, VA. 1785 tavern and
1792 hotel. Famous patrons included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
John Adams, James Madison, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Tours offered
of bedchambers, dining rooms and elegant ballrooms.
George Washington Masonic Temple
101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA. (703) 683-2007. Permanent exhibit
of the George Washington collection.
American Horticultural Society, 7931 East Blvd. Dr., Alexandria,
VA. (703) 768-5700. 25-acre property showcasing American home gardening
and environmentally responsible practices.
University Art Gallery
Media and Public Affairs Blg., 805 21st St. NW, 2nd floor, Foggy Bottom
neighborhood, DC (202) 994-1525 . Educational visual art gallery. Rotating
exhibits, permanent collection.
Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt, MD (301) 286-9041. Exhibits on NASA research
Great Blacks in Wax Museum
1601-03 E. North Ave., Baltimore, MD. (410) 563-3404. 3,000 years of
African American history in wax.
15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD 20770 (301) 507-6582. Exhibits in
an International-style house furnished with artifacts from the 1930s
and 1940s tell the story of Greenbelt, a National Historic Landmark
planned community designed and built by the Federal Government during
the Great Depression.
4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria, VA. (703) 642-5173. 27-acre public
garden, includes the National Witch Hazel Collection.
8100 Fordson Rd., Alexandria, VA (703) 799-1198. Exhibits on an 18th
c. community for freed slaves.
1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC. (202)
429-1894. This late Victorian mansion was built from 1892-94 by a German
brewer and real estate investor.
Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC (202) 686-5807 . The
former home of Marjorie Merriwether Post contains the most comprehensive
collection of 18th and 19th century Russian imperial art outside Russia;
18th century decorative arts; and a 25-acre estate with pleasure gardens
and special displays of azaleas and orchids.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-2700. Smithsonian
Institution museum of modern and contemporary art.
1745 W. Nursery Rd., Linthicum, MD (410) 765-0230. Displays on radar,
telegraphs, submarine sonar, weather satellites, and defense electronics.
of Washington, DC
801 K Street NW, Mount Vernon Square neighborhood, DC. (202) 383-1800.
Exhibitions on the city's history, plus an excellent research library,
housed in the former Carnegie Library.
University Gallery of Art
2455 6th St. NW, Pleasant Plains neighborhood, DC (202) 806-7070.
Educational visual art gallery.
University Museum, Moorland Spingarn Research Center
500 Howard Pl. NW, Pleasant Plains neighborhood, DC (202) 806-7239.
Photos, art, and documents on African American life and culture.
Development Bank Cultural Center
1300 New York Ave. NW, Metro Center neighborhood, DC . Rotating
exhibitions from the Americas.
1849 C St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 208-4743. Exhibits
on park lands, Native American culture, and the American West include
a stuffed bison head and bald eagle, some terrific dioramas dating to
the 1930s, and a gem and mineral collection. Also sponsors an Indian
Craft shop. Tours of the building's New Deal murals and sculpture can
be arranged by advance appointment.
720 19th St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC . Permanent and rotating
exhibits on art and the economy.
800 F St. NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC (202) EYE-SPY-U. "Reveals
the stories of real spies from biblical times through today."
15 Lloyd St., Baltimore, MD (410) 732-6400
American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, American University
Park neighborhood, DC. (202) 885-1300. Rotating exhibits of contemporary
Anacostia Ave. and Douglas St. SE, Anacostia neighborhood, DC (202)
426-6905. 700 acres devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic
plants, begun by a Civil War veteran. Administered by the National Park
Service. Try to visit in August, when the lotuses are in bloom.
500 5th St. NW, Judiciary Square neighborhood, DC. (202) 334-1542. A
science museum geared toward adults, operated by the National Academy
2401 Foxhall Rd. NW, Foxhall neighborhood, DC (202) 337-3050. American
and European painting and sculpture from the 1850s to the 1970s, plus
traditional works of art from west and central Africa. Housed in a Philip
Johnson mansion. Group tours only.
817 Main St., Laurel, MD (301) 725-7975. History museum about the town
of Laurel, in an1840s mill workers' house.
614 Oronoco St., Old Town neighborhood, Alexandria, VA (703) 548-1789.
Occupied by the Lee family from 1785 to 1903, the home has been restored
to its early Victorian elegance.
Lillian and Albert
Small Jewish Museum and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
701 3rd Street NW, Chinatown neighborhood, DC (202) 789-0900. Museum
of Washington Jewish history from the mid-19th century to the present
day, housed in an 1876 historic synagogue. Open by appointment only.
14-16 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg, VA. (703) 777-7427. American Indian,
Revolutionary War, Civil War, and local history objects tell the history
of Loudoun County.
201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA. Alexandria's history museum contains
art and artifacts from colonial times to the present.
1025 F St. NW, Metro Center neighborhood, DC. (888) WAX-INDC. Re-creations
of political and entertainment figures in wax.
9101 Prince William St., Manassas, VA. (703) 368-1873. American Indian,
Colonial, railroad, Civil War, and local history objects tell the history
10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD (301) 581-5200. Gallery and sculpture
garden, concert hall. Gallery focuses on work from local artists.
5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, MD (301) 464-5291. Federal home
of US Supreme Court Justice Gabriel Duvall. The house is furnished to
reflect 3 generations of Duvall occupancy between 1815 and 1902.
Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD (410) 263-5544. Rotating exhibits of
contemporary arts in the galleries. Also hosts classes and performances.
201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD. (410) 685-3750. State history museum.
Maryland Science Center
601 Light St., Baltimore, MD (410) 685-5225
Zoo in Baltimore
Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD (410) 366-LION.
Mary McLeod Bethune
Council House National Historic Site
1318 Vermont Ave. NW, Shaw neighborhood, DC (202) 673-2402. Former national
headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women from 1943 to 1966,
named for Bethune, the noted educator, organizer, and political activist.
Library and exhibits, run by the National Park Service.
College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD (410) 225-2300. Rotating exhibits
of contemporary art in the gallery.
for the Arts
McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA (703) 790-1953.
Rotating exhibits of contemporary art in the gallery; also hosts classes
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna, VA (703) 255-3631x301. 95-acre
garden dedicated to native plant diversity. Large ornamental collections
surround three lakes.
Meridian International Center
1624 Crescent Pl. NW, Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC (202) 939-5568.
Non-profit gallery exhibits art from around the world. Also hosts concerts
and outreach programs. Housed in the White-Meyer Mansion.
2829 16th St. NW, Adams Morgan neighborhood, DC (202) 728-1628.
Route 197 and Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD (301) 953-1376 . Built in
the 1780s, this Georgian-style estate is a National Historic Landmark
site. The mansion hosts rotating exhibits in the gallery, performances,
George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon, VA (703) 780-2000.
Estate and gardens of the nation's first president from 1759 to 1799.
Mansion, gardens, Washington's Tomb, museum, and a working farm on 45
Keck Center, 500 5th St. NW and 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Foggy
Bottom neighborhood, DC. Exhibits on science and the arts, and other
programs open to the public.
National Air and
6th St. and Independence Ave. SW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-1552.
Smithsonian museum of the history, science, and technology of aviation
and space flight. Collections include 1903 Wright flyer, the "Spirit
of St. Louis," the Apollo 11 Space Module, and a lunar rock. Also:
Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly.
US Dept. of Commerce, Room B-037, 14th And Constitution Ave. NW, Federal
Triangle neighborhood, DC (202) 482-2825. The oldest aquarium in the
nation, with over 1,200 creatures from all over the world in 80 tanks.
National Aquarium in
Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD (410) 576-3800
3501 New York Ave. NE, Langdon/Gateway neighborhood, DC. Extensive
grounds include the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, azalea collections,
herb garden, native plant collections, the national grove of state trees,
and 22 sandstone columns that once held up the east portico of the US
Constitution Ave. between 7th and 9th Sts. NW, National Mall, DC (202)
482-2825 . Exhibiting the original Declaration of Independence, the
US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and more. Hosts geneology classes,
film series, book talks. Also manages presidential library collections
in 7 different states.
National Building Museum
401 F St. NW, Judiciary Square neighborhood, DC (202) 272-2448. Musem
of architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning,
located in the former Pension building, whose Great Hall features the
tallest Corinthian columns in the world.
Capital Trolley Museum
1313 Bonifant Rd., Colesville, MD (301) 384-6088. Collection of 17 streetcars
from around the world, including one visitors can ride.
3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, MD (301) 283-2113 . 18th c. tobacco
farm with period buildings and livestock.
The history of code making and code breaking. Run by the National Security
Agency in Ft. Meade, MD.
11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA (703) 267-1600. The evolution and
history of guns in the US. Administered by the National Rifle Association.
National Gallery of
4th St. at Constitution Ave. NW, National Mall, DC (202) 737-4215. Painting,
sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. East
and West buildings. Also runs an outdoor sculpture garden.
National Geographic Society's
1145 17th St. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 857-7689. "Past
and current expeditions come to life."
National Mall and Memorial Parks
National Park Service site on the DC memorials.
of African Art
950 Independence Ave. SW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-4600. Smithsonian
museum of ancient and contemporary visual arts of the African continent.
National Museum of American
8th and G Streets NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC. Collections
of American painting, sculpture, folk art, and more. Housed in the former
Pension Building, beautifully restored.
Museum of American History
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-2700.
Historic artifacts that explore the roots of American culture from the
Revolutionary period to the Information Age. Part of the Smithsonian
National Museum of the
Independence Ave., between 3rd and 4th Sts. SW, National Mall, DC (202)
633-1000 . Art, artifacts, media displays, and gardens tell the history
and culture of American Indians, past and present. Part of the Smithsonian
National Museum of American
Jewish Military History
1811 R St. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 265-6280. Documents
Jewish men and women in the US armed forces, under the auspices of the
Jewish War Veterans of the USA.
of Civil War Medicine
48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD. (301) 695-1864. Medical equipment,
photographs, camp re-creations and memorabilia from Civil War hospitals.
of Crime and Punishment
575 7th St. NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC. (202) 393-1099. The
history of crime and punishment, from pirates, Wild West outlaws, serial
killers and gangsters, to white-collar computer hackers. Includes an
"America's Most Wanted" studio.
Museum of Dentistry
31 S. Greene St. (at Lombard), Baltimore, MD. (410) 706-0600. 40,000
artifacts relating to dentistry, including antique dental tools, famous
dentures (including George Washington's), photos of circus "iron
jaw" performers, tooth fairy memorabilia, toothbrushes from 6,000
years ago to the present, and silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol of St.
Apollonia, the patron saint of dentistry.
Museum of Health & Medicine
2500 Linden Lane, Forest Glen neighborhood, Silver Spring, MD (301)
319-3300. Collection includes leeches, microscopes from the 1600s, kidney
stones, a brain in formaldehyde, the bullet that took Abraham Lincoln's
life, and more.
Museum of Language
7100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD (301) 864-7071. Exhibits on world
National Museum of Natural History
Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW, National Mall, DC (202) 357-2700.
Smithsonian museum "dedicated to understanding the natural world
and our place in it."
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC (202) 783-5000
. The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing
the contribution of women artists.
National Portrait Gallery
F St. at 8th St. NW, Gallery Place neighborhood, DC (202) 275-1738.
Collection of portraiture in all media, housed in the beautifully-renovated
former Pension Building.
National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Union Station neighborhood, DC (202) 357-2991.
Exhibits on moving the mail, the art of cards and letters, stamps and
philately. Part of the Smithsonian Institution.
National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Woodley Park neighborhood, DC (202) 673-4717.
"We study, celebrate, and help protect the diversity of animals
and their habitats." Collection includes Chinese pandas, Asian
elephants, Sumatran tigers, orangutans, and more. Part of the Smithsonian
Naval Heritage Center
US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Archives neighborhood, DC.
(202) 737-2300. Ship models, artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia.
The Navy Museum
Washington Navy Yard, 11th and O Streets SE, DC. (202) 433-6897. Preserves
and interprets Navy history. Also runs an Art Gallery with paintings
and sculpture on naval themes. In addition, visitors to the Navy Yard
can tour the USS Barry.
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Archives neighborhood, DC (888) 639-7386.
Exhibits on the media, including Pulitzer-Prize winning photos.
The Octagon, Museum
of the American Architectural Foundation
1799 New York Ave. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC (202) 638-3221.
Historic house museum designed in 1899 by William Thornton (the first
architect of the US Capitol) for the Taylor family. One of the earliest
residences in the nation's capitol and an outstanding example of Federal
period architecture; exhibit space continues next door in the AIA Blg.
Old Guard Museum
249 Sheridan Ave., Fort Myer, Arlington, VA (703) 696-6670. The Old
Guard is the Army's ceremonial unit and escort to the US President.
The museum honors their history.
Old Post Office Tower
Pennsylvania Ave. and 12th St. NW, Federal Triangle neighborhood,
DC. Tours of the tower offer magnificent vistas over the city. Administered
by the National Park Service.
The Old Stone House
3051 M St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC (202) 426-6851. Historic
house museum and garden; one of the oldest houses in DC. National Park
6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill, MD (301) 839-1176. 512-acre working 19th
c. farm, administered by the National Park Service.
Palisades Museum of Prehistory
Promotes the awareness, careful collection, and preservation of
prehistoric artifacts on non-governmental lands in the Palisades neighborhood
of Washington, DC.
1600 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD (301) 627-6074. Patuxent
River Park, the Duvall Tool Museum, the Tobacco Farming Museum, a model
Sears house, log cabin, and more.
1600 21st St. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 387-2151. America's
first museum of modern art, open since 1921.
Rock Creek Park at Park Road, DC (202) 426-6908. Historic grist mill
on Rock Creek, administered by the National Park Service.
Pope John Paul II
3900 Harewood Rd. NE, Brookland neighborhood, DC (202) 635-5400. Permanent
and rotating exhibits, interactive gallery, cafe, Polish heritage room,
and children's gallery, dedicated to exploring the "role of faith
in the new millenium."
Hill on His Lordship's Kindness
7606 Woodyard Rd., Clinton, MD (301) 856-0358. A Georgian mansion
completed in 1787, with original outbuildings and a carriage collection.
This National Historic Landmark site was home to a US Senator, a US
Ambassador, and local Justices.
35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD (410) 727-8120. Children's interactive
Lincoln's Cottage and Soldier's Home National Monument
Eagle Gate, Rock Creek Church Rd. and Upshur Street NW, Petworth neighborhood,
DC (202) 829-0436. Lincoln's summer White House, administered by the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.
and Television Museum
2608 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie, MD. (301) 390-1020 or (301) 809-3088.
Vintage radios and TVs and related memorabilia.
House and Kitty Pozer Garden
10386 Main St., Fairfax, VA (703) 385-8414. Fairfax city's oldest
residence was built in 1812.
F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
830 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD (410) 333-1138. State museum of
the African diaspora.
17th St. at Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayette Square neighborhood, DC
(202) 357-2700. Smithsonian museum of American fine crafts from the
19th to the 21st century.
Smithsonian Institution, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, National Mall, DC. (202)
Riverside, the Calvert Mansion
4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park, MD (301) 864-0420. An early
1800s mansion that was home to the Calvert family.
Rock Creek Nature
5200 Glover Rd. NW, DC (202) 426-6829. Exhibits, films, and hands-on
activities, sponsored by the National Park Service.
17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD (301) 774-0022. Exhibits on the
history of Sandy Spring, settled by Quakers in the 1720s.
144 Constitution Ave. NE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC (202) 546-1210.
Historic 1799 headquarters of the National Women's Party. One of the
premier women's history sites in the US, the house contains exhibits
on suffrage and equal rights.
Society of the Cincinnati Museum at Anderson House
2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 785-2040.
1905 Beaux Arts mansion with period furniture. Also houses a collection
of objects related to the American Revolution.
The Squished Penny
Online museum whose aim is to "capture and convey to the fun-oriented
public the spirit and history behind the creation and collection of
squished pennies throughout the world."
44300 Sotterly Lane, Hollywood, MD (301) 373-2280. Historic house museum.
105-107 S. Fairfax St., Old Town, Alexandria, VA (703) 746-3852.
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA. (202) 357-2700.
Over 80 aircraft and dozens of space artifacts on display. Part of the
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
3601 Sully Rd., Chantilly, VA (703) 437-1794. The 1794 home of northern
Virginia's first congressman Richard Bland Lee, his family and slaves.
House, gardens, slave quarters, and the original 18th c. kitchen-laundry,
smokehouse, and stone dairy.
of the United States
East Capitol and First Streets NE, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Rd., Clinton, MD (301) 868-1121. Period rooms in
a 1852 middle-class house, which served as a hostelry and post office
as well as a private home. The house came to fame when the Surratt family
became involved with John Wilkes Booth in the plot against President
2320 S St. NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, DC (202) 667-0441. Fiber
arts from around the world. Exhibits, library, learning center, family
days, and more.
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St., Old Town neighborhood, Alexandria, VA. 165 artists
in 83 working studios and 6 galleries housed in a former munitions factory
in Old Town Alexandria.
Tudor Place Museum
1644 31st St. NW, Georgetown neighborhood, DC (202) 965-0400. 1816 neoclassical
mansion and 5.5 acre garden, built by Martha Washington's granddaughter.
Displays 6 generations of family furnishings.
of Maryland Driskell Center
Cole Student Activities Blg., College Park, MD (301) 314-2615.
of Maryland University College
Marriott Inn & Conference Center, 2501 E. University Blvd., Adelphi,
MD (301) 985-7300. Rotating exhibits in the galleries by artists with
strong Maryland ties.
US Botanic Garden
1st St. SW between Maryland Ave. and C St., National Mall, DC (202)
225-8333 . Conservatory and adjacent Bartholdi Park. Oldest botanic
gardens in North America. Tropical, subtropical, and arid collections.
East Capitol St. and First St. NW, Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC (202)
225-6827. Tours on the architecture, art, and function of the seat of
US government and one of the most widely recognized buildings in the
world. New visitor center.
US Government Printing
732 N. Capitol St. NW, Union Station neighborhood, DC. (202) 512-0000.
US Holocaust Memorial
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW, just off the National Mall, DC (202) 488-0400.
America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation
of Holocaust history. Exhibits, memorial, teacher resources, films,
concerts, book signings, Days of Remembrance, and more.
US Naval Observatory
Massachusetts Avenue at 34th St. NW, Glover Park neighborhood, DC.
Tours of the observatory offered to groups on a limited basis.
Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, 805 Kidder Breese SE, DC. (202) 433-6897.
Exhibits on navy history; advance reservations required.
Department Diplomatic Reception Rooms
2201 C St. NW, Foggy Bottom neighborhood, DC. Guided tours of art,
furniture, and interior design.
The Walters Art
600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD. (410) 547-9000. Eyptian, Greek, and
Roman antiquities, Byzantine silver, medieval armor, Faberge eggs, and
16th through 19th c. paintings and sculpture. Also Asian art at Hackerman
County Museum of Fine Arts
91 Key St., Hagerstown, MD (301) 739-5727
Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW, DC. Sculpture, mosaics,
and the best gargoyles in the city. Also hosts concerts, lectures, and
other programs, and has extensive gardens.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Lafayette Park neighborhood, DC (202) 208-1631
or (202) 456-7041. Tours of the history, art, and architecture of the
home of the US President. Designed in 1792 by James Hoban, the house
was first occupied in 1800 by President John Adams. State rooms are
open to the public; tickets available at the Visitor's Center at 15th
& E Streets NW, beginning at 7:30 am.
House and Garden
186 Prince George St., Annapolis, MD (410) 267-7619. 18th c. Georgian
mansion and garden, built by a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Woodlawn Mansion and Frank
Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House
9000 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA (703) 780-4000. Woodlawn is an
1805 Federal-era mansion. On the same property, the 1940 Pope-Leighey
house is a Usonian home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
2340 S St. NW, Dupont Circle/Kalorama neighborhood, DC (202) 387-4062.
Presidential museum of Wilson's former home (occupied after he left
the White House in 1921).
Literary Museums in the Region
can be found HERE.