The National Gallery is the national art museum, established in 1937, houses an extensive collection of European and American art in two spectacular buildings. It boasts exquisite collections in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, medals, and decorative arts, showcasing the development of Western Art to date. Designed by I.M. Pei, this triangular building is a key city landmark and home to famous pieces of art and other temporary exhibitions.
One of two Smithsonian museums that feature Asian art, the Freer Gallery houses more than 26000 works from all points of the Asian continent, including China, Japan, Korea and India. These works include Asian porcelains, Japanese screens and Islamic art. The works of American artists influenced by Asia are also featured. The most spectacular of these is James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room, designed for a British shipping magnate and moved to the United States from London in 1904. The Sackler Gallery is interconnected with this gallery via underground exhibition space and houses an impressive collection of Chinese paintings, ceramics and jades.
The Rock Creek Park contains a beautiful wild forest and serves as an oasis for city residents and tourists. Founded in 1890, the Rock Creek Park is a stunning haven for both people and wildlife. It features a multitude of attractions within which include picnic areas, winding trails and bike paths, a nature center, a public golf course, tennis courts, and stables. Rock Creek Parkway runs alongside the meandering creek. During winter, the park transforms into a popular spot for sledding and other outdoor winter activities.
Established in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History aims to inform people about the natural history of earth through its exhibits. Nestled somewhere within this museum is the famous Hope Diamond, which has gained notoriety for supposedly carrying a curse. Apart from that, some of the museum's popular galleries include The Discovery Room, Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, Insect Zoo, Teleology: Hall of Bones, Ocean Hall, Hall of Human Origins and many more.
Take a trip back in time and explore the much celebrated American history at the National Museum of American History. Opened in 1962 as the Museum of History and Technology, it was renamed the National Museum of American History in 1980. Focusing on collecting, preserving, and honoring history, the Museum displays the American journey through the ages; it resides a beautiful gallery that portrays the emergence of the American national anthem along with other innovative and cherished artifacts. Housed within this multi-floor building are exhibition halls and rooms that illustrate significant events pertaining to the past of America.
The gorgeous U.S. Botanic Garden conservatory presents botanical variety, from the desert to the tropics, along a series of calm and gently meandering paths. A particular waterfall and garden display the flora of the dinosaur age. Seasonal displays include Christmas greens and poinsettias in December and January, chrysanthemums in autumn and blooming flowers at Easter. A part of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the National Garden, was opened in October 2006 and includes the carefully-designed Butterfly Garden.
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives is a part of Charles Sumner School and was established in 1872. Along with the museum and archive, there is also a research room and an art gallery for exhibits. The museum showcases archives of the Public Schools of the District of Columbia. The grandiose features of the museum are a visual treat while they provide an extensive collection of books, manuscripts and archives from time immemorial.
Located in the heart of DC, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History aims at commemorating and preserving the sacrifice and service of Americans of Jewish faith in the armed forces of the United States. The museum provides an educational and memorable learning experience for all visitors. Established in 1958, the museum is a repository of documents, photographs, and artifacts that maintain the records of the selfless and patriotic service by brave Jewish men and women who have contributed towards the freedom and peace of the country. Check out the event calendar on their website for information related to upcoming exhibitions and memorials.
Established in 1998, O Street Museum is located in 5 interconnected townhouses which have a total of 70 secret doors accessing over 100 rooms. The museum features year round events, screenings, live performances, exhibits, etc. The admission fees depends on the exhibits that take place at this location. The museum also features a large collection of over 15000 art pieces, 20000 books, music, manuscripts, etc.
As the name suggests, the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates the creations and achievements of women artists. Since 1960s, the founder of the museum, Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, has been collecting notable art pieces created by women artists and adding to the long list of the museum's exhibits. The museum’s collection boasts of more than thousands of pieces, with the earliest work, i.e., Lavinia Fontana’s Portrait of a Noblewoman, dating back to the 16th Century. By visiting this one-of-a-kind museum, not only does one support and promote the works of women artists, but also enjoys a leisurely day in the midst of creative geniuses.
Owned by 37 local, professional artists, the Studio Gallery is known for its display of contemporary art, which is exhibited solo and in group shows. The exhibitions showcase the talents of budding and established artists. This gallery is also on rent, in the evenings, throughout the year. Visit the website for featured artists and their works.