Best places: Museums in Washington

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Natural history museum
From dinosaur exhibits to displays of rare gems, this acclaimed museum celebrates the natural world.
4.80 (47.4K reviews)
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National Museum of African American History and Culture
National museum
Popular Smithsonian museum with unique exhibits on African American history, culture & community.
4.80 (26.7K reviews)
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
History museum
Preserving the memory of the Holocaust with permanent & traveling exhibits & educational programs.
4.80 (15.7K reviews)
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National Portrait Gallery
Art museum
Major, free-admission museum with art works portraying influential Americans throughout history.
4.80 (11.8K reviews)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Art museum
Art museum & National Portrait Gallery housed in the third-oldest federal building in the capital.
$$$ $
4.80 (3.1K reviews)
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Planet Word
Museum
19th-century building home to immersive exhibits & karaoke sessions dedicated to the spoken word.
4.80 (1.4K reviews)
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National Gallery of Art - East Building
Art museum
πŸ‘ Great art gallery with lots of amazing art on multiple floors. There is also a very pretty, sparkly walkway to get you from the west to the east building, and a cafe in the east building, although it has very little in it. I really enjoyed coming here and k recommend it.
4.80 (1.3K reviews)
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Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ One of my favorite museums in DC. Not only is it free but it also stays open later (7pm) than many of the other museums in the area. Hall of Presidents is impressive, especially the Obama and Clinton portraits. Go up to the third floor for an impressively large portrait of LL Cool J. The architectu...
4.80 (913 reviews)
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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Historical place museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ A hopeful and inspiring place for all Americans as Frederick Douglass was born into slavery yet became free an spent his life working for the rights of African Americans and also women's rights.. Amazing view of DC cityscape and the capital. If you have kids, bring them to see this American hero's...
4.80 (887 reviews)
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Smithsonian National Museum of American History
History museum
Vast, venerable museum chronicling American history through displays such as Julia Child's kitchen.
4.70 (23.8K reviews)
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Museum of the Bible
Museum
Immersive exhibits, including a recreation of Jesus's Nazareth, plus ancient scrolls & rare Bibles.
4.70 (10.9K reviews)
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Ford's Theatre
Performing arts theater
The site of Lincoln's assassination, this historic theater offers nightly performances & tours.
4.70 (6.7K reviews)
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Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Art museum
Museum branch showcasing handicrafts, textiles & decorative arts by contemporary national artists.
4.70 (4.6K reviews)
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National Archives Museum
National museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ So much more to see here than just the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, for those documents just get up there and look at them. People try to do this line business and then the security personnel have to break it up to move everyone along. It’s silly. Not everyone wants to...
4.70 (4.4K reviews)
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Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Museum
Museum exploring the history of the U.S. postal service, from the Pony Express to stamp collections.
4.70 (2.8K reviews)
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The Phillips Collection
Modern art museum
Townhome venue showcasing an exquisite collection of post-Impressionist & modern art.
4.70 (1.7K reviews)
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National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ Truly one of the coolest places I have ever been to in my entire life. It's FREE which is AMAZING given the current climate. We went when it was getting pretty cold out but you do a bunch of walking so you don't even notice! I'm not sure I had ever seen a bonsai tree in real life prior and getting t...
4.80 (526 reviews)
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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
National museum
Museum documenting the history of aviation & space exploration, with displays of vehicles & more.
4.60 (41.1K reviews)
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Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
National museum
Vibrant museum gift shop featuring unique African artwork, home decorations, clothing & jewelry.
4.70 (673 reviews)
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Old Korean Legation Museum
Museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ I strong recommend this place to visit if you have a travel plan in DC. I cannot explain very well my feeling, but you can get an insight about old Korea empire circumstances. The staff is very kind and intelligent. However, you have to make an appointment before you visit this place because it serv...
4.90 (230 reviews)
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