Museums and Galleries Guide

Washington, DC is known for the plethora of Museums and Galleries available. Rightly so! Here is a comprehensive list to help guide you on your adventures. Please note that all Smithsonian Museums are free to enter and even offer camps, classes, and sleepovers

Insider tips when Museums and Galleries: arrive early to beat the crowds. Take public transportation if possible. And a super insider tip is to always stand to the right and walk to the left when you are on escalators. If you are driving, download the Parkmobile app to easily pay for parking. 

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Archives of American Art – Exhibitions at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery


Culture House 

Renwick Gallery

Dupont Underground 

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Kreeger Museum

Long View Gallery

National Gallery of Art ?

National Museum of African Art 

National Museum of Asian Art – Freer Gallery of Art

National Portrait Gallery ? 

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum ?

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Phillips Collection

The Fridge


National Museum of African American History and Culture ?

National Museum of the American Indian ?

National Museum of the American Indian

Anacostia Community Museum

Mexican Cultural Institute

National Geographic Museum 

Planet Word Museum (coming soon)

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building

The Mansion on O Street

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden


Anderson House: The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

Arlington House

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

Fredrick Douglass National Historic Site

George Washington’s Mt. Vernon  ?

President Lincoln’s Cottage

German-American Heritage Museum 

Heurich House Museum ?

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Library of Congress ? ?

Lincoln’s Cottage  

National Guard Memorial Museum

National Museum of American History ? ?

National Postal Museum ? ?

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ?

U.S. Navy Memorial


College Park Aviation Museum ?

Explore! Children’s Museum 

National Air and Space Museum

National Arboretum 

National Building Museum ? ?

National Capital Trolley Museum ? 

National Children’s Museum ? (opens soon!)

National Museum of Air and Space- Udvar Hazy Center ?

National Museum of Natural History  ? ?

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 

Smithsonian National Zoo ? ?

Smithsonian Castle Visitor Center

Spy Museum

United States Botanical Garden ? ?


Washington National Cathedral

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America ? 

Museum of the Bible ? ?

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Washington National Cathedral ?

If you have any Museum or Gallery you would add, please contact us. Thank you!