Best museums in D.C.

Check out the top museums in D.C., reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. National Portrait Gallery

1. National Portrait Gallery

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61 local reviews
8th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-8300
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Alex
Not gonna bother with all of the obvious places you already know about. This free museum, part of the Smithson…
Jamie
This is my fave and most recommended museum. It's open late (730, unlike most places' that close at 5), there …
Kerrie
One of my favorite museums here in the District. Its collections focus on images of famous Americans. The hall…
1. National Portrait Gallery

1. National Portrait Gallery

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61 local reviews
8th Street Northwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-8300
Alex
Alex
Not gonna bother with all of the obvious places you already know about. This free museum, part of the Smithsonian system, is off the beaten …
Jamie
Jamie
This is my fave and most recommended museum. It's open late (730, unlike most places' that close at 5), there are good eats all around it (G…
Kerrie
Kerrie
One of my favorite museums here in the District. Its collections focus on images of famous Americans. The hallmark of the National Portrait …
2. George Washington's Mount Vernon

2. George Washington's Mount Vernon

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29 local reviews
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon
Closed now
+1 703-780-2000
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Trevor
Mount Vernon is George Washington’s home. The estate is open for tours and features a museum about the first p…
Jill
If you're here for an extended stay, or want to do something a little different than your typical museums, con…
Richard and Mary
Epic. Bottom line. There isn't any other word to describe it. I mean, you're on the same grounds the very firs…
2. George Washington's Mount Vernon

2. George Washington's Mount Vernon

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29 local reviews
3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon
Closed now
+1 703-780-2000
Trevor
Trevor
Mount Vernon is George Washington’s home. The estate is open for tours and features a museum about the first president of the United States…
Jill
Jill
If you're here for an extended stay, or want to do something a little different than your typical museums, consider heading out to Mount Ver…
Richard and Mary
Richard and Mary
Epic. Bottom line. There isn't any other word to describe it. I mean, you're on the same grounds the very first president of the US walked a…
3. Old Town

3. Old Town

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53 local reviews
Old Town, Alexandria
NeighborhoodPolitical
Linda & Jay
10 minutes away (4.0 miles). 6 minute walk to a direct bus to Old Town, and the Old Town Metro. Old Town A…
RR
Restaurants, bars, nightlife, museums, waterfront & historic Old Town Alexandria
Rick/John
For the ideal Washington, DC vacation, stay in Alexandria, Virginia - just minutes from the Smithsonian museum…
3. Old Town

3. Old Town

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53 local reviews
Old Town, Alexandria
Linda & Jay
Linda & Jay
10 minutes away (4.0 miles). 6 minute walk to a direct bus to Old Town, and the Old Town Metro. Old Town Alexandria is a nationally desi…
RR
RR
Restaurants, bars, nightlife, museums, waterfront & historic Old Town Alexandria
Rick/John
Rick/John
For the ideal Washington, DC vacation, stay in Alexandria, Virginia - just minutes from the Smithsonian museums, monuments and memorials on …
4. Torpedo Factory Art Center

4. Torpedo Factory Art Center

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24 local reviews
105 North Union Street, Alexandria
Closed now
+1 703-746-4570
Art galleryJewelry storeStore
Larry and Paulette
Located on waterfront of the Potomac in Old Town of Alexandria, VA. torpedo factory and munitions storage site…
MaryGrace
See art in progress at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ ope…
Rebecca
Gallery located within an old munitions factory where local artists showcase their art in their individual stu…
4. Torpedo Factory Art Center

4. Torpedo Factory Art Center

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24 local reviews
105 North Union Street, Alexandria
Closed now
+1 703-746-4570
Larry and Paulette
Larry and Paulette
Located on waterfront of the Potomac in Old Town of Alexandria, VA. torpedo factory and munitions storage site. 82 studios-6 Galleries-Art L…
MaryGrace
MaryGrace
See art in progress at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the nation’s largest collection of working-artists’ open studios under one roof. A fu…
Rebecca
Rebecca
Gallery located within an old munitions factory where local artists showcase their art in their individual studios. Also there is an archae…
5. Washington

5. Washington

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36 local reviews
Washington, Washington
LocalityPolitical
Linda
It's 7.9 miles from my house. Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Galler…
Debra
The nation's capital features museums, historical monuments, excellent dining, sightseeing tours, C&O canal, a…
Carol
Everyone must do Washington DC. The Nation's Capital. Cherry Blossoms, The Seat of our Government, the Nation…
5. Washington

5. Washington

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36 local reviews
Washington, Washington
Linda
Linda
It's 7.9 miles from my house. Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Washington Monument,…
Debra
Debra
The nation's capital features museums, historical monuments, excellent dining, sightseeing tours, C&O canal, and shopping in Georgetown.
Carol
Carol
Everyone must do Washington DC. The Nation's Capital. Cherry Blossoms, The Seat of our Government, the National Mall w/monuments & Smithson…
6. Lincoln Memorial

6. Lincoln Memorial

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76 local reviews
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest, Washington
+1 202-426-6841
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Maya
Great spot to begin a tour of the DC monuments, White House, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian museums and more
Nadya
Bike or walk from Lincoln, vietnam memorial, white house, washington monument, many museums, capitol, back the…
Frank
Memorial to the 16th President of the United States
6. Lincoln Memorial

6. Lincoln Memorial

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76 local reviews
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle Northwest, Washington
+1 202-426-6841
Maya
Maya
Great spot to begin a tour of the DC monuments, White House, Capitol Hill, Smithsonian museums and more
Nadya
Nadya
Bike or walk from Lincoln, vietnam memorial, white house, washington monument, many museums, capitol, back the other side on independence Av…
Frank
Frank
Memorial to the 16th President of the United States
7. National Museum of the American Indian

7. National Museum of the American Indian

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31 local reviews
4th Street Southwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Melania
Lesser know museum housed in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in Bowling Green (just downwind of the charg…
Sherry
An interesting museum that captures the Native American culture and art. I suggest you start with the film an…
HANNAH
One of many Smithsonian museums, including, National Gallery (art), Natural History, American History, African…
7. National Museum of the American Indian

7. National Museum of the American Indian

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31 local reviews
4th Street Southwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
Melania
Melania
Lesser know museum housed in the Alexander Hamilton Customs House in Bowling Green (just downwind of the charging bull statue). Discovery th…
Sherry
Sherry
An interesting museum that captures the Native American culture and art. I suggest you start with the film and then as you stroll around th…
HANNAH
HANNAH
One of many Smithsonian museums, including, National Gallery (art), Natural History, American History, African-American History, Air & space…
8. Hirshhorn Museum

8. Hirshhorn Museum

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34 local reviews
Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Mingo
Adding thoughts to the "Sightseeing" section is a challenge. There is so much to see in this city...I'll just …
Ramsey
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the …
Michael
The art museum for people who don't like art. It's full of interesting contemporary exhibits that are interest…
8. Hirshhorn Museum

8. Hirshhorn Museum

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34 local reviews
Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
Mingo
Mingo
Adding thoughts to the "Sightseeing" section is a challenge. There is so much to see in this city...I'll just list my favorites, starting wi…
Ramsey
Ramsey
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. The museum was …
Michael
Michael
The art museum for people who don't like art. It's full of interesting contemporary exhibits that are interesting for people of all ages. Hi…
9. Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

9. Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

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2 local reviews
144 Constitution Avenue Northeast, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-543-2240
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
L & Lucia
Historic Home & Museum
Larry and Paulette
Gorgeous historic mansion renamed, Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in 2016 by President Obama…
L & Lucia
Historic Home & Museum
9. Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

9. Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

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2 local reviews
144 Constitution Avenue Northeast, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-543-2240
L & Lucia
L & Lucia
Historic Home & Museum
Larry and Paulette
Larry and Paulette
Gorgeous historic mansion renamed, Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in 2016 by President Obama. Previously known as the Sewa…
L & Lucia
L & Lucia
Historic Home & Museum
10. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

10. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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108 local reviews
3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington
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+1 202-633-4888
ZooPoint of interestEstablishment
Linda & Jay
11 miles away by car, or ride the Metro! Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s Na…
Elizabeth
Of course all 19 of the Smithsonian museums are free and amazing in their own right. The zoo is my favorite t…
B. Ryan
Like most museums in DC, free admission...and very close! The zoo is on a hill so prepare to get your steps in…
10. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

10. Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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108 local reviews
3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington
Open now
+1 202-633-4888
Linda & Jay
Linda & Jay
11 miles away by car, or ride the Metro! Always free of charge and open 364 days a year, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washingto…
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Of course all 19 of the Smithsonian museums are free and amazing in their own right. The zoo is my favorite to walk on a beautiful day. Th…
B. Ryan
B. Ryan
Like most museums in DC, free admission...and very close! The zoo is on a hill so prepare to get your steps in!
11. Columbia Heights Station

11. Columbia Heights Station

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49 local reviews
3030 14th St. NW, Washington
(202) 962-1234
Subway stationTransit stationPoint of interest
Amy
Closer metro station. Yellow/green line. 4 blocks away ~ 8 minute walk. 3 stops to Convention Center, 4 to …
Chris
Green line - quick trip to downtown, museums.
Teryn
Green/Yellow Line Metro - will take you directly to the monuments and museums, without transfer. (Nearest to t…
11. Columbia Heights Station

11. Columbia Heights Station

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49 local reviews
3030 14th St. NW, Washington
(202) 962-1234
Amy
Amy
Closer metro station. Yellow/green line. 4 blocks away ~ 8 minute walk. 3 stops to Convention Center, 4 to Verizon Center, 6 to National …
Chris
Chris
Green line - quick trip to downtown, museums.
Teryn
Teryn
Green/Yellow Line Metro - will take you directly to the monuments and museums, without transfer. (Nearest to the house.)
12. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

12. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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60 local reviews
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Sherry
This amazing museum has the Hope diamond and gem and mineral collection on the 2nd floor-The Sant Ocean Hall, …
Paige
DC is all about museums. There’s Dorothy’s shoes, the Hope Diamond, space shuttles from NASA, etc. In my opini…
Rob
My personal favorite museum, and the 2nd most visited museum in the world (behind the Louvre), the Natural His…
12. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

12. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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60 local reviews
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington
Closed now
+1 202-633-1000
Sherry
Sherry
This amazing museum has the Hope diamond and gem and mineral collection on the 2nd floor-The Sant Ocean Hall, The Origins of Man exhibit, th…
Paige
Paige
DC is all about museums. There’s Dorothy’s shoes, the Hope Diamond, space shuttles from NASA, etc. In my opinion, the American History and N…
Rob
Rob
My personal favorite museum, and the 2nd most visited museum in the world (behind the Louvre), the Natural History Museum if FREE to the pub…