Washington DC is the kingdom of art, history, and culture! DC is a perfect place for the people who love to learn about historical facts and admire the past. The nation’s capital allows you to experience the richness of art and culture at your ease. You will be amazed to find what the culture holds and incredible art depicts, in the nation’s capital.

From historical art galleries to music scenes, the nation’s capital has a lot for you. Apart from all these wonders, there are museums, that hold a special space in the city and for people.

Washington DC has dozens of marvelous museums but out of them, the Smithsonian family is the one that rules them all, for the fact that it has everything you can ask for, as an art and history lover.

This family includes historical museums, monuments and art galleries on the National Mall. These amazing places are blissfully free to the public. Anyone can explore these iconic spots within a few hours without spending single penny.

Let’s get a close look at the most cherished tourist treasures of Washington DC.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

 The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) was established in December 2003, and was opened for the public in September 2016. The museum was situated at 14th Street on the National Mall in the United States, and was merely dedicated to the history and culture of African Americans.

The 4-level museum addresses nearly every facet of history about Afro-Americans, covering the art’s slavery and the civil rights movement. The Smithsonian Institution museum stays open every day round the year except on Christmas. The entry to the museum is free between 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.

The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

 This is one of the most popular and free museums on the National Mall. It was established in 1946 and opened for the public in 1976. It has the world’s largest collection of historic aircrafts and spacecraft, including Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Wright brothers’ original 1903 flyer, astronaut space suits, and a lunar rock sample.

The National Air & Space Museum contains nearly 23 galleries, where you can see hundreds of spacecraft, aircraft, rockets, missiles, and other space-related artifacts. It has an IMAX theatre and a planetarium too.

Do you know, nearly 6.2 million people visit this museum to explore the history of aviation and space travel. This makes this the second most visited museum in the DC.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum & Renwick Gallery

 Smithsonian American Art is the nation’s first art collection of American art and was started in 1829! The museum has the largest and most comprehensive collection of American art.

There are two locations of the museum, first is the prime building in Penn Quarter, and second is the Renwick Gallery, situated few steps away from the White House.

Smithsonian American Art Museum is a beautiful spot where you will find the most amazing art of American West, impressionism, WPA murals plus folk art, media art, video, photography and much more. Here, you will also get a chance to see the National Portrait Gallery that has a great collection of images of famous Americans. The museum presents an impressive collection of more than 7000 portraits, dedicated especially to Afro-American and Latino artists.

Moving ahead, another location of the museum is Renwick Gallery which is the home for decorative art and contemporary craft. This gallery displays excellent American craft and art, and is just a few steps away from the White House.

You can visit both the museums any day, between 11:30 am to 7:00 pm, except December 25.

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

This museum is the first federally funded community museum across the United States. Founded in 1967, the museum inspects, documents and explains the impact of contemporary and historical social issues on communities. It brightens and magnifies our collective power.

This museum was located near the Anacostia stop. You can visit here any day between 10 am to 5 pm. Discover the exhibitions by local officials, artists, activists at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, absolutely free of charge. Parking is offered here, for free!

The Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Institutional Building is popularly known as “Castle”. It is situated near the National Mall in Washington DC. This iconic red-colored building was designed by architect James Renwick, Jr. and was opened for the public in 1855. This castle includes historical museums, monuments, galleries, and the National Zoological Park. This beautiful red castle is the perfect spot to start your journey to explore DC.

The Smithsonian Freer & Sackler Galleries

Asian art is beautiful, vibrant and colorful.

You can blissfully enjoy admiring the Asian art by visiting these two museums of Smithsonian family: The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and the Sackler Gallery. These two galleries are the prime location of the National Mall. Here, you will find the premier collection of Asian art. Both the galleries are linked with each other by underground exhibition space.

The Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries showcase a wide range of Asian art from various eras, such as Chinese art, Islamic work, Eastern art and more. The two galleries also host film screenings and events across the town. Discover the history from the Neolithic to modern eras in these amazing galleries.

The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden was founded by Joseph H. Hirshhorn in 1974. It’s an art museum located behind the National Mall in Washington DC.

Here, you will see the finest modern and contemporary artwork. The museum showcases the most unique artworks including sculpture, painting, photography, digital and video art. However, there is a lot to see inside the Hirshhorn Museum, but it’s equally fascinating outside. The 1.3 acres Sculpture Garden is one of the great attractions as many artists love to display their achievements in an open area.

There is no entry fee. Anyone can visit both of the attractions on any day throughout the year except on December 25.

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Are you a nature lover?

If yes, then you will love this place!

The National Museum of Natural History presents a perfect blend of conventional and contemporary museum designs. This museum was opened for the public in 1910 to let everyone know about discoveries from nature and all that the nature educates about.

The overall area of the main building is 1,500,000 square feet, of which 325,000 square feet area is the public space, that covers the houses of employees. Inside the building, there is a collection of 126 million specimens of animals, plants, rocks, minerals, human remains, fossils and more.

The entry in the National Museum of Natural history located in Washington DC, is free for all. The museum opens every day throughout the year from 10 am to 5:30 pm except in December 25, the Christmas time. You can use public transport to visit this museum.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of African Art is situated at Independence Avenue SW on the National Mall. The museum consists of a collection of 9000 artifacts of contemporary and traditional art.

The objective of this museum is to engage visitors to African history and art. Like all Smithsonian museums, the National Museum of African Art is free for the public. Anyone can visit the museum from 10 am to 5:30 pm any day, except in December 25. Visit this museum and take a comprehensive view of the history of artistic expressions in Africa.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History collects, protects and displays the national treasures of the United States in the field of political, scientific, social and cultural history. It was opened for the public in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology. Later, the museum was renamed as the National Museum of American History. The museum is located at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, and is free for all visitors.

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum was opened in 1993 through a joint agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service, to celebrate America’s glorious postal history. The museum consists of a vast collection of postal artifacts, eye-catching stamps, and interactive exhibits.

Here, you will understand the fascinating advancement of how Americans have used the mail system to communicate with each other across the world. Besides this, you may also learn the art of stamp making and designing.

The admission to the National Postal Museum is free. The visiting hours at this museum are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. December 25 is the only day when the museum is closed, on account of Christmas.

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