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.
Also known as "America's attic," for its spectacular collection of nearly 154 million artifacts, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the the world's largest museum complexes and research organizations. The administrative office of the esteemed institution is housed in a magnificent red sandstone 'castle', that also houses a visitor information area and research chambers. Within this building is also the final resting place of the Smithsonian Institution's founder, James Smithson, with his tomb being preserved in the crypt in the north entrance. Apart from the main building, the institution features as many as 17 museums and galleries within its sprawling complex that represent exhibits across the myriad fields of science, history, zoology, and art. Some of the most notable Smithsonian landmarks include the Natural History Museum and the African American Museum.
The International Spy Museum provides a unique glimpse into the thrilling world of espionage and its impact throughout history and present day. The museum showcases espionage artifacts from the 21st century to as far back as the Greek Empire. Visitors get the chance to be a part of a movie setup and play the role of a heroic spy, who solves puzzles and overcomes obstacles. During your visit to the museum, you're made to adopt a cover identity and led into a briefing room, where you learn about the life of a spy. Highly interactive, informative and fun, a visit to this museum is well worth the price.
A one-of-a-kind museum and play center for kids, KID Museum is a place where kids and parents can indulge in a host of educational and recreational activities. Through a number of interactive installations and workshops, this museum makes learning a lot more fun. From science and mechanics, to art, history and culture, each topic is brushed upon with a touch of excitement and liveliness. Various activities and events are also organised here, wherein kids can get a more in-depth understanding of a vast array of topics.
Dating back to 1946, the National Air and Space Museum is home to quite a few aircraft that narrate fascinating stories. Everything from the iconic Wright Brothers' Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to World War II planes and Apollo 11 is displayed here, attracting history aficionados, science buffs and aviation fans alike. you also have the option of using the audio-visual aid to understand the technical aspects. Also found here is the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater where you can marvel at aircraft and space films on the five-story screen. Apart from that, the National Air and Space Museum also has the original Star Trek model of the USS Enterprise on display, which is a special attraction.
The many perspectives of the earth are examined here, including geology, oceanography, astronomy and anthropology. Enjoy creative and educational exhibits including a huge globe, a tornado simulator and a 'time machine'. Changing, lively special exhibits are also featured. A gift shop sells the National Geographic Society's videos, books and educational games.
This artist-centered non-profit seeks to provide a platform from which emerging artists can find and cultivate their place in the art community, while also exposing the public to new forms of contemporary visual art. The art space, which has a storefront on P Street for increased exposure, hosts six to seven exhibitions each season, and is constantly expanding their outreach to local artists. Visitors to Transformer can explore current exhibitions, attend special events like the annual art auction, and may even be able to speak with the artists.
The National Children's Museum is a delightful institution dedicated to teaching children about the world around them and their responsibilities therein. Designed for children eight and under, the museum teaches little ones about their civic duties, global geography, as well as general arts and entertainment points of interest. An interactive theater further engages kids, as well as fun Sesame Street characters decorating the walls. Age-conscious displays for children three and under as well as for older children adapt to their interests and learning needs in order to create a lasting impact on their perception of the world at large.
This fascinating museum focuses on the history and culture of African Americans. The exhibits explore African American experiences, including the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, as well as individual lives of the people back then. The museum has over 37,000 unique items, including a trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong and many historic outfits.