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SAAM is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district and presents American art from the eighteenth century to the present. SAAM's Luce Foundation Center and the Lunder Conservation Center are closed to the public temporarily beginning Tuesday, May 21. They both will reopen on Friday, June 28.

Getting Here

Two museums in one historic location. Sharing its space with the National Portrait Gallery,  SAAM is a twenty-five minute walk from the Renwick Gallery , which is near the White House. SAAM is a fifteen minute walk from the Smithsonian Castle on 9th Street NW, directly north of the National Mall.

Public Transit

Access ramps are located on both sides of the 8th and G Streets NW entrance. The museum is above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, which is served by the Green, Yellow, and Red Metro lines.

There is limited on-street parking at meters; several  paid parking garages are available in the neighborhood .

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Frequently asked and answered questions about visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

No, tickets are not required to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum or its Renwick Gallery.

Yes! We have free audio guides available in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, ASL, and Descriptive Audio. You can start using them by navigating to our Audio Guide page .

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SAAM is located at Eighth and G streets NW in the Penn Quarter neighborhood in Washington, DC. The museum is above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station, which is served by the Green, Yellow, and Red Metro lines

SAAM offers daily walk-in tours from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. every day of the week. and 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. All walk-in tours are subject to volunteer docent availability and last-minute cancellations may occur. Please check with the information desk upon arrival.

Beginning February 2023, visitors are required to pass through screening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the effort to standardize security throughout the Smithsonian Institution. Check the  Smithsonian's security policy  for the most up-to-date information.

Visitors are required to walk through a metal detector; those who cannot go through the metal detector will be hand-screened with an electronic wand by security personnel. Help speed your entry by limiting the number and size of personal belongings and bags brought on-site. 

Security officers are located throughout the building to protect the Museum, its collections, and most importantly, our visitors. Please feel free to ask them for assistance. A Security Desk is located by the Museum entrance/exit at the G Street and F Street entrances.

The Smithsonian American Art museums welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its collections and galleries accessible to everyone. We offer a range of programs for both adults and children with disabilities.

Access ramps are located on both sides of the museum’s 8th and G Streets NW entrance. All visitors may enter SAAM's main building using either the entrance located at 8th and G Streets NW or the entrance located at 8th and F Streets NW.  If you are using MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 800 G Street NW as the address for our building. Barrier-free access and restrooms are available. View more information on  accessibility at the museums .

Accessible restrooms are located on all floors of SAAM.

Service animals are welcome at Smithsonian museums. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. 

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Smartify's free personalized tours are tailored to your interests and the time you have available. Simply answer a couple of quick questions and we'll hand pick a collection of unmissable objects and captivating stories just for you.

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The innovative Luce Foundation Center for American Art allows visitors to browse thousands of artworks from SAAM's collection.  

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The glass-enclosed Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard is one of the most magnificent gathering spaces in Washington, DC.

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The Lunder Conservation Center with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls allows visitors to see into the laboratories where conservators preserve artworks.

Current Exhibitions at SAAM

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  • Smithsonian American Art Museum Get Tickets $ 30 | Registration required  Tickets include the cost of materials provided during the workshop. Tickets are available beginning July  15 . 

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The light-filled Courtyard Café offers a selection of baked goods, sandwiches, salads, desserts, and beverages. 

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Visit the SAAM Museum Store for an inspiring array of art-inspired objects and books.  

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Ensure that American art is available to all with a gift to fund research, exhibitions, and programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery. 

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A half-day tour, with an emphasis on museums

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Tourists would be remiss to travel to DC without perusing the fascinating modern art of the Hirshhorn, greeting our ancestors at the Natural History Museum, or witnessing man’s greatest adventures at the National Air and Space Museum. But with so much to see, touring the museums can be an overwhelming and exhausting experience, and you never know if you’re missing out on the best the museums have to offer.

That’s where we come in with our DC  Museums in a Day  tour. We’ve done all the homework for you. We’ve researched, and researched, and explored, and researched some more, until we became experts on every museum on the National Mall. We know the secrets behind the museums’ most popular exhibits, as well as the hidden treasures that the average visitor walks right past without a second look. But we also know all about the museums themselves: their history, their missions, the architecture behind their stunning buildings, and the lovely surrounding gardens that each tell a story.

Once we had the facts down, we were able to pinpoint the true must-sees of each museum, and create a plan of attack so that we can show you everything in one day. That’s right. Give us six hours, and we will give you the Smithsonian Institution under your belt on this incredible museums tour of DC.  We take you to the Portrait Art Gallery, where you can see the faces behind our stories; the Hirshhorn Museum, home to contemporary art and a stunning view of downtown DC; the American History Museum, to see Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers and a famous old flag; the Natural History Museum, where the Hope Diamond lies waiting for its next victim; the Air and Space Museum, which holds the secrets of the universe; and the Freer Gallery, where the East meets the West. Along the way, we visit statues in outdoor sculpture gardens that play tricks on your eyes and weave their own tales.

By the end of your  Museums in a Day  tour, you’re more than satisfied knowing you got the full DC museums experience, and then some. Of course, we never let you leave without our signature souvenirs, and the comfort knowing you’ve made a friendship with DC Insider Tours that lasts long after your tour ends.

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The most popular Smithsonian museums also happen to be some of the most popular museums on Earth. If you’re looking to focus on just these three mega-famous museums,  The Big Three  is for you.

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The Great Compromise

When you visit Washington, DC, chances are you’ll have to divide your time between the iconic monuments and memorials and the world-class museums. If you don’t have much time, which do you pick? Pick both!

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The best museums in Washington, D.C. to visit year round

Art, sculptures, spy mobiles and famous slippers—the world's history and treasures are on display at the best museums in D.C.

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History buffs, art enthusiasts and people simply interested in America's past need to look no further than the best museums in D.C. The nation's capital has much to offer in the way of cultural institutions, many of which are free to enjoy, we might add. You'll find most of them within walking distance to one another, if not a short ride or drive away. Washington, D.C.'s best museums are housed in some of the country's most remarkable buildings. So, if what's inside doesn't pique your interest, marveling at the architecture will keep you busy for many hours.

Visiting the best museums in D.C. can get a bit overwhelming, but we're here to guide you to the galleries and spaces you can't miss—whether you're into modern art, pop culture, African American history or old nuclear missiles. Trust us, there's something for you. 

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Best museums in D.C.

1.  national museum of african american history and culture.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

The most iconic museum in D.C., the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has eight floors of fascinating historical exhibits. Here, you’ll find tributes to historical figures, moments, and events that have shaped America’s past and present day. You’d actually need a number of days to fully explore everything here, but you can still get a mighty lot done in a few hours (with a stop at the lovely Sweet Home Café for lunch). 

2.  National Museum of Asian Art

National Museum of Asian Art

The National Museum of Asian Art is an incredibly thoughtfully put together group of exhibits to help visitors learn about Asian history in the US and beyond. From Chinese and Japanese contemporary art to artifacts from Ancient Egypt, this museum is a central hub for the Asian community and more in D.C. You can book self-guided visits, virtual tours or onsite tours, and there are kid-friendly days and tours too. 

3.  National Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

Dedicated to America’s colonized and historically abused Indigenous people, the National Museum of the American Indian joined the Mall in 2004, bringing with it significant Native American artifacts and a renowned cafeteria. (The Mitsitam Native Foods Café offers a stunning collection of dishes inspired by Indigenous cuisines.)

The building is as much a part of the message as the exhibits. The details are extraordinary: dramatic, Kasota limestone-clad undulating walls resemble a wind-carved mesa. The museum’s main entrance plaza plots the star configurations on November 28, 1989, when federal legislation was introduced to create the museum. The museum is also curated with art in various mediums from a diverse assortment of Indigenous American nations. Artwork includes film, photography, pottery, textiles, woodworking, and much more. 

4.  Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

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Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

This spectacular, aggressively modern cylindrical building enlivens the predominantly neoclassical architecture lining the Mall. The structure, which was completed in 1974, was meant to house self-made Wall Street millionaire Joseph Hirshhorn’s collection of 20th-century paintings and sculptures. The museum now presents art in a range of media, including works on paper, painting, installation, photography, sculpture, digital and video art. The museum has housed some of the most-hyped visiting exhibitions on earth, from Ai Weiwei’s "Trace" to Kusama’s "Infinity Mirrors."   

5.  National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art

This museum ’s entrance pavilion lies across the amazing Enid Haupt Garden, directly across from its twin, the Sackler. The museum opened in 1987, and its primary focus is ancient and contemporary work from sub-Saharan Africa. The museum draws visitors into different aspects of African art and culture. The rich ceremonial garb and textiles, including blankets made in Mali and embroidered hunters’ shirts, are a must-see.  

6.  Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Renwick's informal motto might be "go big or go home." The museum is popular for its interactive exhibits and large-scale modern art pieces. Perhaps best known for its blockbuster, much-Instagrammed exhibits, 2015's "Wonder" and 2018's "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man," this Smithsonian museum celebrates craft and design in the digital age. Other notable exhibits have included the quirky “Murder Is Her Hobby,” a collection of gruesome doll houses used to help detectives solve crime scenes. 

7.  National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum

Air and Space tops visitors’ to-do list, year in, year out. In the central Milestones of Flight Hall, towering U.S. Pershing-II and Soviet SS-20 nuclear missiles stand next to the popular moon rock station, where visitors can see a lunar sample acquired on the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. The 1903 Wright Flyer—the first piloted craft to maintain controlled, sustained flight (if only for a few seconds)—and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis are both suspended here. Carve out three to four hours and don't miss the test model of the Hubble Space Telescope, which is currently orbiting in space, taking snapshots of the universe. 

8.  National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is iconic on the Mall. The museum boasts longtime favorites like the Hope Diamond, which has drawn crowds for over sixty years, and state-of-the-art exhibits like the Hall of North American Mammals. The recently renovated Hall of Fossils is a must-see— visitors may feel as if they've traveled back in time. But don't worry, these dinosaurs don't bite.  Dinosaur fossils are posed interacting with each other, even engaged in life-and-death battles.

9.  United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

This three-floor museum contains more than 900 artifacts and four theaters showing archival footage and survivor testimony from the Holocaust. Themes such as the murder of the disabled, Nazi eugenics and resistance, and Jewish resistance all present a chronological history of the event.

The objects and symbols make powerful impressions: thousands of camp victims’ shoes piled in a heap personalize the losses. While the main exhibition is suitable for children of 11 and over only, a specially designed children’s exhibition, “Daniel’s Story,” at ground level, is presented to children of eight and over and teaches about the Holocaust through the story of one boy. Guests should consider reserving their tickets beforehand since wait lines can be long. 

10.  Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum take up two sides of the same interconnected building. Among the most notable portraits are Gilbert Stuart’s seminal “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington and Andy Warhol’s iconic Marilyn. The Portrait Gallery houses the only complete collection of U.S. Presidents' portraits, while the American Art Museum houses prominent works by American artists, including Edward Hopper and Georgia O’Keefe.

Unlike many other museums in the area, the dual museums also include an open, airy courtyard—the perfect place to rest, eat lunch, read a book, or splash your feet in the flowing water fountains.

11.  National Gallery of Art

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National Gallery of Art

Comprising two separate buildings connected by a trippy underground moving walkway, the National Gallery of Art is a world-class museum with artwork from around the globe.

The West Building highlights European and American art from the 13th to the early 20th centuries, as well as Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, French and German works from the 17th century. Don't miss Leonardo da Vinci’s almond-eyed portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, the artist's only work in the Western Hemisphere.

The East Building represents more current work, including a skylit atrium that houses a 32-foot-long still mobile by Alexander Calder. Stroll through the sculpture garden, a six-acre square across 7th Street that includes a Louise Bourgeois 10-foot bronze spider and a pyramid by Sol LeWitt. Free timed entry passes are required.

12.  National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) houses a collection of more than 4,500 works by more than 1,000 women from the 16th century to the present. Highlights of the permanent exhibit include Frida Kahlo’s defiant 1937 Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky , as well as works by Elisabetta Sirani, Alma Woodsey Thomas and Barbara Hepworth. There are also special collections of 17th-century botanical prints by Maria Sibylla Merian and works by British and Irish women silversmiths from the 17th to 19th centuries. The museum hosts free community days every other week, on the first Sunday and second Wednesday of every month.

13.  Postal Museum

Postal Museum

The Postal Museum is perhaps the most obscure of the Smithsonian’s offerings. A museum devoted to postal history and philately (stamp collecting) may sound like a hard sell, but there’s a trove of interactive and entertaining exhibits housed within the skeleton of what was once the enormous D.C. City Post Office. Check out the permanent exhibit “Systems at Work,” which recreates the journey of letters, magazines, parcels and other mail from sender to recipient. Pick out stamps from around the globe to start your own stamp collection. Write and ship a postcard directly from the museum. And go to the downstairs level of the museum to explore how mail has traveled across the country on trains, planes, and carriages.

14.  National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

The continuing transformation of the National Museum of American History has led to several renovations that highlight some of America's most beloved artifacts. Floors are organized around loose themes, allowing a huge diversity of exhibits to tell American stories in an entertaining and informative manner. We love the First Ladies' dresses and Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Oh! And there’s Julia Child’s actual kitchen. 

15.  National Building Museum

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National Building Museum

A privately run collection, the National Building Museum produces smart, noteworthy exhibits focusing on architects and the built environment, both contemporary and historical. Among the exhibitions, "House & Home" discovers the history and many meanings of 'home,' both physical and cultural, with an array of all things household, from household goods and decorations (including a poster of Farrah Fawcett and a fondue set), to building materials to mortgage papers. Fittingly, the building itself is gorgeous: an Italian Renaissance-style Great Hall features eight colossal 75-foot Corinthian columns that lead to a ceiling 15 stories above. 

16.  International Spy Museum

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International Spy Museum

The world of D.C.’s prestige paid-entry museums was shaken up dramatically in 2019, with the Newseum closing indefinitely and the International Spy Museum moving to sleek new digs in L’Enfant Plaza. In its larger space, the museum boasts many exhibits that lean so hard into “infotainment” that a trip can feel less like learning about spies and more like a game of pretending to be one. Test your sleuthing abilities and gawk at an array of spy gadgets, including KGB-issued poison pellet shooting umbrellas and Germany’s Steineck ABC wristwatch camera. James Bond junkies will be in heaven—the groovy silver Aston Martin from 1964’s Goldfinger assumes a central spot in the museum. 

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18 Washington D.C. Attractions that Require or Recommend Advance Tickets (and how to make them)

Before you travel to Washington DC, it’s important to plan your visit by making advance reservations at many popular attractions. It’s important to check out each website for the latest on the hours of operation. Some attractions remain closed. (updated November 29, 2022)

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1 National Archives 

Where to get tickets: archives.gov/museum 

Tour times: Guided, Every 15 minutes beginning 10:30 to 90 mins before close 

Adult cost: $1.00 

Notes: walk-ins allowed, but Fast Pass is recommended  

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2. The White House 

Closed. Where to get future tickets:  whitehouse.gov  Must go through member of Congress. 

Tour times: Mon.–Thu., 7:30–11; Fri.–Sat., 7:30–1:30  

Max days ahead: 180 

Min days ahead: 21 

Notes: Background check is required. Tours have resumed.

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3. US Holocaust Museum 

Where to get tickets:  ushmm.org  

Tour times: 9:45 am – 4:45 pm  

Max days ahead: Same day and advance tickets online  

Notes: Passes required Mar-Aug, not required September – February 

4. Treasury Building 

Closed. Where to get tickets : Must go through member of Congress. Limited to legal American citizens at this time.

Tour times: Every other Saturday morning, 9 am and 10:30 am 

Notes: Background check is required. Visitors must enter through the West building entrance (Bell entrance).  This entrance is located in between the Treasury Building and the White House.  A docent will meet you to escort the group into the building.

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5. Washington Monument 

Where to get tickets:  www.recreation.gov  877-444-6777 

Tour times: 9 am – 5 pm 

Adult cost: $1.00 processing fee 

Notes: Some same day passes on first come/first serve available, but best to reserve a ticket in advance. (You can wait around the Monument grounds and often people will have extra tickets and give them out)

6. The Pentagon 

Closed. Where to get tickets: pentagontours.osd.mil 

Tour times: Mon.–Fri., 9–3 

Max days ahead: 90 

Min days ahead: 14 

Notes: submit request, must show ID (passport, driver’s license, permanent resident card) Public tours have resumed. You will not be allowed to bring any electronics on your tour.

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7.  U.S. Capitol 

Where to get tickets:  visitthecapitol.gov for tickets 

Tour times: 9 am –3 pm weekdays only 

Min days ahead: 1 

Notes: Some same day passes available, Gallery Passes obtained through Congressional representative. But all tours, programs and activities in the visitor-approved areas like the Rotunda, Statuary and the Crypt are free of charge. Visitors enter through the Capitol Visitor Center, located underground on the east side of the Capitol. 

8. Ford’s Theater National Historic Site 

Where to get tickets:  fords.org  for Historic Site Visit 

Tour times: Daily, 9–4 

Adult cost: $3 

Notes: Advance reservations strongly encouraged. Limited number of Same Day passes are available for timed-entry every half hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday – Sunday. The Theatre is not included in every ticket. 

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9. Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms 

Where to get tickets:  diplomaticrooms.state.gov For information call  202-647-3241 

Tour times: Mon.–Fri., 9:30, 10:30, 2:45 

Notes: Fine Arts tour, not appropriate for children. 

Background The State Department building is a secure facility, and visitors will need to check in at the information desk inside the C Street entrance. Be sure to bring photo identification. You must be pre-cleared or cleared in by an employee for a tour.

10.  Frederick Douglass National Historic Site  

Where to get tickets: nps.gov/frdo 

Tour times: Daily, 9, 12:15, 1:15, 3, 3:30 (walk-ins only), 4 (Apr.±Oct.) 

Standard Tours (1 to 10 people)

Space is limited to ten people on the standard tour. Reservations are not required, but they are  strongly encouraged . To make a reservation, visit  recreation.gov  or call 1-877-444-6777. There is a $1.00 fee for each reserved ticket. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. If available, unreserved tickets are otherwise free to the public and may be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are recommended to guarantee your place on a tour.

Adult cost: $1.00 

Notes: Same day passes available.

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11. President Lincoln’s Cottage 

Where to get tickets: lincolncottage.org 

Tour times: Mon.–Sat., 10–3; Sun., 11–3 

Adult cost: $15, Kids $5 (should be 6 or older) 

Min days ahead: 0 

Notes: Advanced tickets suggested. On site tickets are sometimes available. 

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12. Bureau of Engraving and Printing 

Where to get tickets: Tickets required on day of visit beginning at 8:30 am.  

Tour times: Mon.–Fri, 8:15–8:45, 4–4:45 

Min days ahead:  

Notes: Tickets only required Mar-Aug; can be picked up at ticket window for other times.  Currently closed .

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13. Folger Shakespeare Library 

Where to get tickets: folger.edu 

Tour times: Saturday at noon 

Max days ahead: 60 

Notes: This is for READING ROOM TOURS; regular tours do not require tickets.  Currently closed for renovations. Opens November 17, 2023.

14. FBI Experience  

Where to get tickets: Security approval required. Must go through member of Congress. 

  • Submission:  Confirms your congressional representative scheduled the correct tour date and time.
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Tour times: Mon.–Fri. 9 am -4:30 pm 

Max days ahead: 35 

Notes: No Federal Holidays, must be 16 or older with government issued ID.

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15. National Museum of African American History and Culture 

Where to get tickets: Timed entry passes available online, required on Saturday and Sunday 

Tour times: Mon.–Fri. 10 am -5:30 pm 

Adult cost: free 

Max days ahead: 90 days 

Notes: Walk-in entry on Monday-Friday from 1 pm until close on March-August 

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16. International Spy Museum

Where to get tickets: tickets.spymuseum.org

Adult (13-64) –  $26.95 Youth (7-12) –  $16.95 Child (6 and under) –  FREE (ticket required)

Hours: Thursday through Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm

Location: L’Enfant Plaza Station. Rooftop viewing. Spies under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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17. Planet Word

Where to get tickets: https://planetwordmuseum.org/plan-your-visit/

HOURS Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entrance time is 3:30 p.m.

LOCATION 925 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005 Entrance on K Street

Cost: General admission is free, with a suggested $15 donation to support the museum’s mission-driven programs, exhibits, and educational outreach.

18. Museum of the Bible

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Reserve Online for discount tickets: https://www.museumofthebible.org/plan-your-visit

Hours: Open 7 days a week from 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Adult Advance tickets $19.99 Walk Up: $24.99

Seniors, Military, First Responders, and Students $19.99

Youth (Ages 5–17) $13.99, Walk up $14.99

Children (Ages 4 and under) Free

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Where: Located at the intersection of 12th Street and Pennsylvania Ave N.W. (part of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel) Information

Cost: Tickets are Free, No reservations needed

Hours: 9 am – 4 pm, tours commence every five minutes

Self-Guided Tours begin from the elevator lobby on the stage level of the Old Post Office Pavilion. Visitors board the glass elevator to the exhibit area, then the elevator rises 270 feet viewing area.

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Today, Friday, January 19, the following Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., are open: 

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  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Virginia

All other D.C. museums, including the National Zoo, are closed today. 

Admission is free  of charge at all locations except the  Cooper Hewitt  in New York City. All Washington, D.C.–area museums and the American Indian Museum in New York are  open every day of the year except December 25 . The Cooper Hewitt in New York is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Four locations  require entry tickets or passes  as noted below.

Admission is free of charge at all locations except the Cooper Hewitt in New York City.

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8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (Mar. 15–Sept. 15) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (Sept. 16–Mar. 14) Closed Dec. 25

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From Monuments to Museums: 14 Essential Stops in Washington, DC

A mong the destinations I love to travel to is Washington, DC. I adore the city's spirit and mindset. Every few years, I try to make it over there. I'll outline 14 things to do in Washington, DC, in this post.

1. Monuments

You can't go to Washington, DC, without seeing the numerous monuments that are there. Some of the monuments I saw were the Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The atmosphere near the memorial was very calm and peaceful. Everyone should check out the Dr. King Memorial if they get a chance. He did so much for many people and gave the ultimate sacrifice so that citizens could have equality.

2. The White House

You can't go to Washington, DC, and not see the White House. The White House is the residence and workplace of the President of the USA. It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I've had the opportunity to see the White House from a distance a couple of times. I haven't been able to take a tour yet. It takes months for your tour request to be approved or denied.

3. Washington Nationals Game

If you're an MLB fan, you must check out a Washington Nationals game. Nationals Park is a beautiful stadium. They are a team that plays in the National League East. There are a lot of good seats in Nationals Park that provide excellent views. Every ballpark isn't like that. They also have an area outside the stadium called Fairgrounds, with a bar and food vendors. It's a must-see if you like baseball.

4. U Street

This one is one of my favorite things to do in Washington, DC. U Street is one of the best places to go in the city for nightlife. There are several bars and restaurants to go to. Ben's Chili Bowl is a must-visit if you're ever in DC. They have great chili dogs and half-smokes. I try to go there every time I'm in DC. You may even see the owner, Virginia Ali, still doing some work.

5. Howard University

Howard University is one of the best HBCUs out there. The school was established in 1867. It is commonly referred to as the "Mecca" because of its success and diverse group of students. Also, five of the "Divine Nine" fraternities and sororities were founded there. If you are a fan of HBCUs, this should be on your list of things to do in Washington, DC.

6. Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Veterans Memorials

One of the most moving war memorials is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or "The Wall."  It is one of the sites where it is hard not to feel emotional while reading the names on the wall of more than 58,000 soldiers who laid their lives in our nation's service during the Vietnam War. It is recommended to visit the site during the day with ample sunlight.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, DC.'s West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It pays tribute to 1.5 million who served in the Korean War. It is a privately funded site displaying 19 stainless steel statues of soldiers in combat.

You can explore both memorials 24 hours a day; however, the site is only staffed by National Park Service rangers from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

7. The Tidal Basin

This is another one of my favorite Washington, DC, sights. If you visit Washington, DC, try to spend some time along the Tidal Basin. It is a 2-mile-long pond that was once attached to the Potomac River and regarded as the backdrop to some of DC's best-loved sites. Every spring, the Tidal Basin bursts with color as cherry blossom trees (gifted to DC from Tokyo) bloom into cotton candy-colored tufts and attract hordes of visitors. You can follow the path around the basin, but many recent visitors recommended testing the waters in a paddleboat.

8. Washington National Cathedral

The Washington National Cathedral is designed in a gothic style; it is the 6 th largest in the world. The construction of this massive structure started in 1907 and was completed in 1990. It is surrounded by gardens, creating a lovely atmosphere for visitors. Take a stroll around the cathedral, peer at its high vaults and flying buttresses, or step inside to admire its intricate glass-stained windows.

The cathedral's grand architecture and colorful stained-glass windows will leave you in awe. If you're religious, consider attending one of the free worship services offered every Sunday at 8, 9, and 11:15 a.m. Evening prayers led by the choir are available on Sundays at 4 p.m.

9. Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Library preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire, and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the Library of Congress or an experienced researcher, we have a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person. The Library of Congress comprises of three buildings and is open to the public Monday through Saturday, though each building maintains different visiting hours. There are no entrance fees for this attraction.

10. Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery is the country’s largest military cemetery. It serves as the final resting place for more than 400,000 military veterans and their immediate families from the fronts of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Cold War, and America’s Civil War.

The grounds honor those who have served our nation and provide our guests with a sense of beauty and peace. Rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age, complementing the gardens found throughout the cemetery's 639 acres. This impressive landscape is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within these hallowed grounds. The cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funerals every weekday. The site is open to the public 365 days a year, with free admission for those who wish to tour the site and pay their respects.

11. Visit the Smithsonian Museum Air & Space Museum

If you are a lover of arts, culture, science, and some of the greatest inventions of the human race, then visiting the Smithsonian Museum is one thing you'd want to do while in Washington. The museum contains national treasures and is visited by millions of people annually. The Smithsonian is a national air and space museum containing some of the oldest aircraft ever made. It has a huge catalog which includes the Wright flyer made in 1903. If you want to go there with your kids, there is also a gift shop with huge antiques you can get for them while visiting.

It’s always best to visit the museum in the morning when it's less crowded, as it can get a little busy in the evenings, especially in the summer. The museum is free to visit, but you might have to pay for some services like the IMAX theater and the planetarium, but it just costs 9 dollars for adults and 7 dollars for kids. 

12. Cherry Blossom Festival

Next on the list of things to do in Washington, DC, is to participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival. Trust me, this is something you’ll want to experience, and it takes place in spring, around March. The four-week-long festival typically starts on the 20 th of March and ends on the 28 th of April. It is held to commemorate the gifting of the Japanese Cherry tree to the city of Washington DC by the Mayor of Tokyo city in 1912, Mayor Ozaki.

The festival features a huge display of colorful balloons, music, marching bands, shows, parades, and Japanese arts and culture. The cherry tree also blooms this season, covering parts of the city with its precious pink flowers. If you visit Washington, DC, in March, you will have a great time at the Cherry Blossom Festival.

13. Visit Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is a neighborhood in Washington, DC, well known for its multiculturalism and vibrant nightlife. If you want to find Adams Morgan, take a walk by 18 th street at night, and you’ll find this neighborhood of nightly wonders. It’s hard to miss. It's got colorful houses lined up on its streets alongside cafes, lounges, clubs, and even shops open all night long for your entertainment. There is so much you can do at Adams Morgan if you're a night owl. It would be a shame not to visit it.

14. See the United States Capitol

Visiting the U.S capitol should also be on your list while you are in Washington. It is not just a place where laws are made but is also a wonderful display of architectural genius. It was built in the 1800s and houses both the house of reps and the senate.  The building also holds a part of history as it was destroyed by the British and rebuilt later.

The U.S. capital allows visitors to its several exhibits and gift shop. You could also get a tour of the building every day of the week except Sundays. You book a visit online or a tour on the premises.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Washington, DC?

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By sophia barnes and tommy mcfly, news4 scene reporter • published june 20, 2024 • updated 6 hours ago, subscribe to the weekend scene newsletter to get our picks delivered straight to your inbox — every wednesday.

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Just in time for Black Music Month, this three-part music festival is dancing at the intersection of go-go and jazz.

The festival officially kicks off at the Black Cat on Friday night. WAMMIE award winners JoGo Project will headline; tickets cost $40 in advance or $50 day of.

On Saturday, head to The Parks at Walter Reed for a day of free music. The lineup includes jazz greats Gary Bartz and Idris Ackamore, plus D.C.’s own Rare Essence, Black Alley and Dupont Brass Band. 

The fest picks back up July 20 at Alethia Tanner Park in NoMa. You’ll find mural painting, a record fair, kid-oriented activities and food and drink vendors during both weekends.

Also check out: The MLK library’s Go-Go on the Rooftop and the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival . Portside, a free festival, is still on for Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. but organizers cancelled the event planned on Saturday because of extreme heat in the forecast.

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The Smithsonian is celebrating the summer solstice with late-night museum hours, an astronomy festival, family-friendly activities and after-hours dance parties.⁠ Plus, eight popular museums will be open until 10 p.m. or later.

From a Cosmic Arcade Party to astronomy demos, here are the best things to do.

Free pick Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle Sat. and Sun., Pennsylvania Ave, NW between 3rd and 7th Street, $10-$225 🔗 Details

Come hungry to the 32nd annual barbeque extravaganza on Pennsylvania Avenue. Chow down on more than 100 free food samples and see top-tier pit masters at work, then dance it off with some great local bands. EU, White Ford Bronco and Chuck Brown Band are on the lineup. It’s free for kids under 12.

Free pick Shakespeare In The Parks: “A Midsummer Night's Dream” Sun., 3 p.m., Bowie 🔗 Details

Set in an enchanted forest near the fictional town of Athens, Maryland, the Shakespeare comedy follows young lovers, amateur actresses and mischievous fairies. Bring a picnic and lawn chair.

Concerts this weekend

Soul Rebels with Ghostface Killah and GZA, 7 p.m. Thursday, Howard Theatre, $29.99-$75

Probably no better band to back iconic Wu-Tang Clan MCs Ghostface Killah and GZA than this group from New Orleans fusing jazz and hip hop. Details.

The Hold Steady, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 Club, $45

The Brooklyn-based alternative band followed the heartland rock of artists like Springsteen and The Band, updated for a post-punk/indie rock sound. They’re celebrating 21 years together. Details.

Future Islands, doors at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, The Anthem, $45-$75

Baltimore synth-rock band makes impassioned music pulled up by the uniquely engaging intensity of singer Samuel T. Herring, whose dancing has draws both ire and awe — and ultimately put Future Islands on the indie map. Also from Baltimore, two piece Ed Schrader’s Music Beat is an unconventional, raucous blast. Details.

Baroness, 8 p.m. Sunday, Fillmore, $41.25 and up

Savannah’s heavy metal greats are also celebrating a 21st birthday in 2024. They blend prog, post-rock, psychedelic and even a bit of early grunge into their sound. Tickets.

Things to do in D.C.

DC United: Juneteenth Night Weds., Audi Field, $27+

Folger Shakespeare Library reopens Fri.

Fête de la Musique – World Music Day Sat., 5-8 p.m., Georgetown, free

Boot 'N Scoot Sat. and Sun., Hi-Lawn at Union Market, $10-$15

Disney in Concert: “The Sound of Magic” Sat. and Sun., The Kennedy Center, $39-$99

Mystics: Pride night Sat., June 22, 3 p.m., Entertainment and Sports Arena FYI: Brunch and basketball bundle available

The Chinatown Park Festival Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., I Street Northwest (5th Street and Massachusetts Aveue NW), free

10,000 Dreams: A Celebration of Asian Choreography June 18–23, Kennedy Center Opera House

Things to do in Maryland

Pride Family Day Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glen Echo Park, free

Rainbow Festival by Prince George’s County Libraries Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hyattsville Branch Library, free

Teenfest Sat., 48 p.m., Allentown Splash, Tennis, and Fitness Park in Fort Washington, free

Things to do in Virginia

One Loudoun Carnival at Uptown Through Sun., plus Aug. 7-18, Ashburn, Virginia

Manassas Bee Festival Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Liberia House and Grounds, free

Out & About Festival Sat., Wolf Trap, $49+

Amazon Community Day at Met Park Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Metropolitan Park in Arlington, free

Skate Day featuring The DC Wheels Sat., Aslin Alexandria, free entry

A Fest Less Ordinary Sat., 2-9 p.m., Purcellville, $40+

The Official Pride Bar Crawl Sat., 4 p.m. to late, $10-$25

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“¡Feliz cumpleaños, amigo!”: el príncipe William visita a Taylor Swift en el backstage de su show en Londres

June 22, 2024, 11:53 AM

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(CNN) — Taylor Swift llevó su Eras Tour al estadio Wembley de Londres el viernes, donde se vieron algunos rostros famosos entre el público, incluido el del príncipe de Gales y dos de sus hijos, el príncipe George y la princesa Charlotte.

William —quien estaba celebrando su cumpleaños número 42 ese día— y dos de sus hijos, se reunieron entre bastidores después del show con Swift y a su novio, la estrella de la NFL Travis Kelce.

Kate y los hijos desean feliz cumpleaños al príncipe William con divertida foto familiar

La cuenta oficial @KensingtonRoyal publicó una foto de Swift tomándose una selfie con el príncipe William, la princesa Charlotte y el príncipe George.

Taylor Swift compartió una foto con el príncipe William, el príncipe George, la princesa Charlotte y Travis Kelce, en su concierto en Londres el 21 de junio. (De Taylor Swift/Instagram)

“¡Gracias @taylorswift13 por una gran velada!”, decía el mensaje junto a la fotografía.

Swift también publicó una foto de ella y Kelce con el trío real en su cuenta oficial de X. Y escribió: “¡Feliz cumpleaños, amigo! Los shows en Londres tuvieron un comienzo espléndido”.

Otros famosos que asistieron al show fueron la estrella de Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan, Cara Delevingne, Salma Hayek y Leslie Mann, según fotografías compartidas por Jonathan Van Ness de Queer Eye, quien también estuvo en el concierto.

Swift abrió el espectáculo diciéndole a la multitud que había 88.446 personas en el estadio, según PA Media.

Agradeció a la multitud por estar allí, “especialmente un viernes por la noche de verano en un hermoso día en Londres”, y recordó los conciertos que realizó en la ciudad al principio de su carrera.

Swift realizará ocho espectáculos en Londres, más que en cualquier otra ciudad del mundo.

Según el alcalde de la ciudad, se espera que casi 700.000 personas asistan a sus espectáculos, que se prevé que impulsen la economía de la capital en unos USD 380 millones.

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