Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America and the seat of its three branches of government, as well as the federal district of the U.S. The city has an unparalleled collection of free, public museums and many of the nation's most treasured monuments and memorials. The vistas on the National Mall between the Capitol, Washington Monument, White House, and Lincoln Memorial are famous throughout the world as icons of the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation - Wikitravel.
DC is an amazing city, especially if you are into world class museums (run by the Smithsonian Institute), American history and monuments. Eleven of the Nineteen museums and galleries are located at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Did I mention there is no admission to any of them?
Here is a list of the museums and galleries you should consider exploring when you’re in Washington.
- The National Zoological Park.
- National Portrait Gallery – perfect for lovers of Art.
- National Postal Museum- a surprisingly interesting place.
- American Art Museum.
- National Air and Space Museum – this place is amazing!
- National Museum of African American History and Culture.
- National Museum of Natural History – the third most visited museum in the world. A Must see.
- The National Museum of American History.
- National Museum of the American Indian – I loved this place.
- National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center – a bit out of town but also well worth the visit for plane buffs! They have the Enola Gay, Shuttle Discovery, a Concorde, SR-71 plus much much more.
The photos on this page are from are a variety of places and items such as Capitol Hill, an Easter Island statue inside the Natural History Museum, Inca Gold from the Native Indian Museum, historic aircraft from the Air and Space Museum (including the actual Apollo 11 Command Module), the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington cemetery and the Pentagon to highlight a few.
Washington is an absolute must and you need about a good week, at a minimum, to do the place justice.