The Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are world-class museums with a variety of exhibits ranging from insects and meteorites to locomotives and spacecraft. Admission to all of the Smithsonian museums is free. Visitors enjoy examining more than 137 million objects, works of art and specimens as well as participating in guided tours, hands-on-activities and special programs. With 19 museums and galleries, there truly is something for everyone. Start at the Smithsonian Institution Building—also known as the Castle, pictured above—where you can pick up a map and information on all of the museums. Plan to explore those you are most interested in, but don’t try to see everything at once. Be sure to save time to see an IMAX movie at the Natural History Museum or the National Air and Space Museum. Read more...
National Monuments and Memorials
Washington, DC is a city of monuments and memorials. Honored are the generals, politicians, poets and statesmen who helped shape our great nation. Although the most famous monuments and memorials are on the National Mall, you will find statues and plaques on many street corners around the city. Since Washington, DC’s monuments are spread out, it is hard to visit all of them on foot. At busy times, traffic and parking makes it difficult to visit the monuments by car. The best way to see all the monuments is to take a sightseeing tour. Many of the monuments are open late at night and their illumination makes nighttime a memorable time to visit them. Read more...
U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is in session October through April every year, and visitors may view sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Seating is limited and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Supreme Court Building is open throughout the year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Portions of the First and Ground Floors are open to the public. Highlights include the John Marshall Statue, portraits and busts of Justices and two self-supporting marble spiral staircases. Visitors can explore exhibits, see a 25-minute film on the Supreme Court, and participate in a variety of educational programs. Lectures in the Courtroom are given every hour on the half-hour on days that the Court is not in session. Read more...
U.S. Capitol Building
The U.S. Capitol Building, the meeting chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is one of the most recognizable historic buildings in Washington, DC. It is a prominent landmark and an impressive example of 19th-century neoclassical architecture. Start your visit with the relatively new Capitol Visitor Center which greatly enhances the experience of visiting the U.S. Capitol. While waiting for tours, visitors can browse galleries displaying artifacts from the Library of Congress and National Archives, touch a 10-foot model of the Capitol Dome and even watch live video feeds from the House and Senate. Tours begin with a new 13-minute film exploring the history of the Capitol and Congress, shown in the facility's orientation theaters. Read more...
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