See How History Was Made in DC's Many Museums

What parts of history do you enjoy? Have your answer? Well, whatever you picked, Washington, D.C. most likely has a museum for it and an unbelievable collection of relics to boot. With more than 50 museums to chose from, everyone can find something to get excited about seeing in person.

The National Museum of American History features a pair of Judy Garland's "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers, the flag that inspired composer Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star Spangled Banner," and gowns worn by the First Ladies. While Fossil Hall is closed, the National Museum of Natural History has the Hope Diamond and a mummified cat among other exhibits. For those who are drawn to beauty, check out the National Gallery of Art to witness the real creations of world-renowned artists like Picasso, Monet, Degas and Pollock.

For those looking for a more singular focus, the nation's capital offers the Newseum that delves into journalism both past and present. The International Spy Museum is dedicated to those in an invisible profession and showcases both movie and real life tools used by undercover agents. 

One of the best parts of the district's museums is that many are free. A tourist could take an entire day just museum hopping and spend zero dollars to see priceless artifacts and historical items. So get your bags ready to be screened and have those cameras ready if you are allowed because Washington, D.C. has some incredible museums to see.



Admit it. You still get excited when opening up the mailbox – except of course if bills are in there. For those who still prefer snail mail to email, make your way to the National Postal Museum. Located in the historic City Post Office...  Read More



Think no one is watching? Think again. The International Spy Museum pays tribute to the all-but invisible profession that has helped to shape history and impact world events. Opened in 2002, the museum is the only one of its kind in the world...  Read More



Known as America's first home, George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, just outside of Washington, D.C., features a mansion, outbuildings, gardens, animals, a distillery and gristmill, and a four-acre farm. What was once an active...  Read More

National Archives
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Remember in school when you learned about America's Founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? All of them can be found at the National Archives Museum. (John Hancock's signature really does...  Read More

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There's more to every story than what you see in print or online. The Newseum takes patrons behind the scenes to discover how stories go from whispering sources to front page news. See how journalists covered the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks or go...  Read More



The best and most popular exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History is the Fossil Hall. Unfortunately, it is closed for renovations until 2019. (Yikes!) This museum is still a must-visit though thanks to a variety of different artifacts....  Read More



Patrons will witness images of dehumanizing treatment and forced labor inside concentration camps and listen to survivors tell their stories. Established in 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is dedicated to inspire citizens and...  Read More

National Museum of American History


With 300,000 square-feet of exhibition, programming and public space, the National Museum of American History presents all aspects of the country's back story. There are approximately 3 million objects in its collections with only about 5 to 8...  Read More

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center


This spot on the list is actually dedicated to two companion museums. The National Air and Space Museum is easily the most popular building along the National Mall and features the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and a...  Read More



We have all seen paper copies of fine works of art hanging in homes and businesses. Once, you step inside the National Gallery of Art, you get to see the real pieces for your own eyes. The west building features early European and American works...  Read More


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