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Garden in front of Smithsonian Institute Castle, Washington, DC.

Some of the world’s most-visited museums are here in Washington, DC — and many national galleries and museums are publicly funded, so they’re free to visit.

The Smithsonian Institution
Garden in front of Smithsonian Institute Castle, Washington, DC

Garden in front of Smithsonian Institute Castle, Washington, DC.

The most iconic DC museums belong to the world’s largest museum complex: the Smithsonian Institution, with its soon-to-be 20 museums and the National Zoo. The Smithsonian’s collection is so vast that only about 3% of it is on display at any given time.

Newseum
Newseum: Museum of News, Washington DC

Newseum in Washington, DC.

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news, journalism, and photography. Enjoy panoramic views down Pennsylvania Avenue and test your journalistic skills with a recorded mock-broadcast (reading a teleprompter is not as easy as you think!).

National Building Museum

National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

If you enjoy architecture, why not check out the National Building Museum? It’s home to more than 200 exhibits showcasing the construction, architecture, and engineering heritage of the United States and Washington, DC, all housed in a magnificent Italian-Renaissance style building.

National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The National Gallery of Art is a world-class museum with artwork from around the globe that spans decades. Don’t miss Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci, the only work of the artist in the Western Hemisphere, and the impressive six-acre sculpture garden.

National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History along the National Mall.

The Museum of Natural History is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. In 2016, it was the fourth most-visited visited museum in the world. Check out the state-of-the-art IMAX cinema and an 80,000-square-foot brushed steel and granite Discovery Center.

National Air and Space Museum

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

The National Air and Space Museum‘s flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, contains twenty-three galleries exhibiting hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts. Check out the test model of the Hubble Space Telescope, which is currently orbiting in space taking snap-shots of the Universe.

Check out more must-see museums at afar.com.



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