Washington D.C. Museums

National Building Museum - America’s premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.

National Museum of Crime & Punishment - Described by Good Morning America as a "must see for CSI fans," this museum includes a crime lab and the filming studios for America's Most Wanted. A simulated shooting range, high-speed police-chase, and hundreds of interactives and artifacts pertaining to America's favorite subject.

National Museum of Women in the Arts - The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. The museum features a collection of more than 1,500 pieces by 400 women artists from 28 countries, including Cassatt and O'Keeffe.

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum - The museum is Washington's only American Decorative Arts Museum. The Museum features 33 period rooms depict scenes of early American life, two galleries with permanent and rotating exhibits, over 33,000 objects made or used in America prior to 1840 and more.

Kreeger Museum - One of the greatest legacies of David and Carmen Kreeger is the museum that bears their name. In 1959, Mr. & Mrs. Kreeger began to amass a formidable collection of modern art. For the next fifteen years they assembled most of the museum's holdings. The collection of The Kreeger Museum reflects the spirit of the Kreegers.

The Textile Museum - Dedicated to furthering the understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. As a museum, it is committed to its role as a center of excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections.

The Phillips Collection - America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921 in the home of Duncan Phillips (1886-1966). Renoir's great masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party hangs here, along with other outstanding Impressionist paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cezanne.

National Geographic Museum - Enjoy a wide variety of changing exhibitions that reflect the richness and diversity of our world. The Museum's exhibitions and the scientific fieldwork and expeditions on which they are based are supported by National Geographic's Mission Programs.

National Museum of Health and Medicine - Discover a smoker's lung, the bullet that took Abraham Lincoln's life, a brain still attached to a spinal cord suspended in formaldehyde. You can see Paul Revere's dental tools and what a kidney stone looks like. You can try on a pregnancy garment that makes you feel what it's like to be with child. You can find out what on earth a shoe fluoroscope is. You can even touch a real brain.

Newseum - The interactive museum of news, you can go behind the scenes to see and experience how and why news is made. Become a reporter or television newscaster; relive the great news stories of all time through multimedia exhibits, artifacts and news memorabilia; and see today's news as it happens on a block-long video news wall.

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. - Your trip to the nation's capital is not complete without a stop at the world famous Madame Tussuad's. The premier wax attraction pays homage to some of the most influential and important political figures in U.S. history, sports, pop culture, music, fashion and Hollywood.

The Octagon Museum - The oldest museum in the United States devoted to architecture and design, the Museum enables the American Architectural Foundation to increase public awareness of the power of architecture and its influence on the quality of our lives. This building was designed by Dr. William Thornton for Col. John Tayloe III, and was constructed between 1799 and 1801.

Decatur House - Distinguished neo-classical architecture and prominent location across from the White House made Decatur House one of the capital's most desirable addresses and home to many of our nation's most prominent figures. Today, visitors hear compelling stories of this unique site, from elite socializing to a fatal duel to a slave's campaign for freedom.

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens - One of America's premier estate museums, featuring the most comprehensive assemblage of imperial Russian fine and decorative arts outside Russia, and an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French works of art.

Woodrow Wilson House Museum - Washington's only presidential Museum. Each year, thousands still visit the final home of the twenty-eighth President. The remarkable collection offers the visitor unique insights into the personality of one of America's greatest leaders. On display are objects from the White House, family items, memorabilia, and elaborate gifts of state from around the world.

National Children's Museum - The Museum has fostered children's love of learning for over 25 years. Children are encouraged to explore by touching, climbing, tasting and using their imagination to learn about the world around them. At CCM, there are five permanent exhibits and more than a dozen traveling exhibits each year.

Global Museum on Communism - The Victims of Communism Memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2007. The dedication ceremony featured the unveiling of the "Goddess of Democracy," a bronze replica of a statue erected by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China in the spring of 1989.

National Gallery of Art - Houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present.

International Spy Museum - The first public museum in the world solely dedicated to the tradecraft, history, and contemporary role of espionage. The museum features the largest collection of international espionage artifacts ever placed on public display. Spanning the history of espionage around the globe, many of these artifacts can now be seen by the public for the first time.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - The Museum's Permanent Exhibition The Holocaust spans three floors of the Museum building. It presents a narrative history using more than 900 artifacts, 70 video monitors, and four theaters that include historic film footage and eyewitness testimonies. Also hosting a variety of traveling exhibitions, the museum is a fascinating and educational experience for the young or old.