Memorials, Monuments + Museums
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Open daily. October - March: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April - September: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Amphitheater, the Custis-Lee Mansion and the graves of Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft. Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every hour on the hour during winter months and every half-hour during the summer months.
School and civic organizations coming to Washington, D.C., may lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A representative of the requesting organization should write to the Director, Ceremonies and Special Events, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, 103 3rd Avenue, Fort Lesley J. McNair, D.C., 20319-5058 on organizational letterhead. The sender should indicate on the outside of the envelope that it is a "wreath-laying request." The letter should indicate when the group is visiting, its schedule limitations, and complete contact information. A representative of MDW will thereafter call to make further arrangements and provide further instructions should the date appear open. No fax, e-mail or telephone requests are accepted.
While dozens of such ceremonies are arranged each week, it is possible that an official event could arise that would take precedence.
At all ceremonial events, the public is reminded to conduct themselves with dignity and respect in manner and dress and to follow all instructions of the Tomb Guards, or other representatives of the superintendent of the cemetery or the commanding general of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.
Phone: (877) 907-8585.
Arlington Cemetery Metro Station.
Visit the newest monument on our National Mall. The breath taking statue is the only monument on the National Mall not dedicated to a President or war hero. The Monument is located on the northwest corner of the tidal basin, across from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
IWO JIMA STATUE
One of the largest bronze statues ever cast honors all U.S. Marines killed in battle since 1775. Located in Arlington, off Route 50, across the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.
THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
South Bank of the Tidal Basin. Open 24 hours daily. At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise the basin.
Smithsonian Metro Station.
KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by Park Rangers who are available to answer questions and present interpretive themes. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. Phone: (202) 426-6841.
Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, N.W. Open 24 hours daily. Phone: (202) 426-6841.
Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL
Fourth monument to an American president on the National Mall. The memorial, divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR's terms in office, is located along the famous Cherry Tree Walk on the Tidal Basin. Phone: (202) 426-6841.
Smithsonian Metro Station.
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
Near the Lincoln Memorial. Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Always open. Constructed of black granite to honor all Americans who served in the Vietnam War. Inscribed in the Memorial walls, in chronological order, are the names of more than 58,000 who gave their lives or who remain missing.
Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
On the Mall at 15th Street, N.W. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Call 1-800-967-2283 for advance tickets. Same day tickets are distributed at the 15th Street kiosk beginning at 8:30 a.m. Phone: (202) 426-6841. Website: www.nps.gov/wamo/home.htm.
Smithsonian Metro Station
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL
17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, N.W. World War II is the only 20th century event commemorated with a memorial on the central axis of the National Mall. It honors all those who served in the United States Armed Forces during the war, those who gave their lives, and those who sacrificed at home in order to aid the war effort. It was opened to the public and dedicated in 2004. For more information, please visit the National Park Service Web site at www.nps.gov/nwwm or call the Park Service at (202) 619-6841.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART
17th Street and New York Avenue. Throughout its history, the Corcoran Gallery has contributed to the advancement of American art through its exhibition and interpretation of contemporary American Art. The Gallery also houses an early American collection that reflects a variety of subject matter and range of expressions demonstrating the development of American art. It is open every day except Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Extended hours are Thursday evenings until 9:00 p.m.
Farragut West Metro Station.
DUMBARTON OAKS : Visit in the Spring!
1703 32nd Street, NW. The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is housed in a nineteenth-century Federal-style house built on the crest of a wooded valley in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. The institution now has important research resources in the areas of Byzantine studies, the history of landscape architecture, and Pre-Columbian studies. The collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and the rare books and prints relating to the gardens are on public display.
THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM
3501 New York Avenue, N.E. The Arboretum's beautiful 446-acre campus in Washington, D.C. contains an array of display gardens, collections, and historical monuments set among native stands of eastern deciduous trees. Arboretum grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m every day of the year except December 25th . The Administration Building is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on weekends 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1644 31st St., NW. Designed by Dr. William Thornton, who also designed the U.S. Capitol as well as the Octagon House, this property, comprised of one city block on the crest of Georgetown Heights, had an excellent view of the Potomac River.
WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
This comprehensive site lists ninety-six historic places that bring the 200-year history of the city to life are presented in this National Register travel itinerary.
PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S COTTAGE
3700 North Capitol Street NW. President Abraham Lincoln's Summer Retreat.
8th and F Streets NW. A research center under the Smithsonian umbrella, the Archives of American Art is the largest collection of primary resources documenting the history of visual arts in the United States.
6th Street and Independence Avenue NW. This Smithsonian museum holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.
Constitution Avenue and 9th Street NW. The Archives hold the originial copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as many other historical documents.
401 F Street NW. Created by an act of Congres in 1980, this museum displays architecture, design, engineering, construction and urban planning attractions.
4th-6th Streets and Constitution Avenue NW. The Gallery traces the development of many forms of Western Art, dating from the Middle Ages through today.
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. This museum preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in areas of political, social, cultural, scientific, and military history.
17th and M Streets NW. National Geographic Museum displays a wide range of exhibits relating to work of National Geographic photographers, scientists and explorers.
4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Also a member of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of Native Americans of the Westwen Hemisphere.
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle VA 22172. The Marine Corps Museum details the history of United States Marines.
1250 New York Avenue NW. The museum celebrates the achievements of women in visual, performing and literary arts.
1776 D Street NW. Exhibits in this muesum include more than 30,000 objects used in American prior to the Industrial Revolution.
511 10th Street NW. The theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated hosts theatrical productions and educational tours.
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. A member of the Smithsonian museums, the Freer Gallery boasts the largest Asian art research facility in the United States.
4155 Linnean Avenue NW. The home of Marjorie Merriweather Post boasts the largest Russian imperial art collection outside of Russia, French decorative art and many acres of gardens.
7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. This Smithsonian extension is one of the five largest modern art museums in the United States.
800 F Street NW. This privately owned museum has the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display.
8th and F Streets NW. Another branch of the Smithsonian, this museum houses portraits of famous Americans.
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE. This Smithsonian extension uses interactive displays to tell the history of the United States Postal Service.
1600 21st Street NW. This museum declares itself "America's first museum of modern art since 1921."
17th Street and Pennsylvania NW. This branch of the Smithsonian displays American craft and decorative arts.
8th and F Streets NW. The American Art Museum holds one of the largest collections of art from the colonial period to the present.
2320 S Street NW. This museum's core mission is to expand knowledge, both nationally and internationally, of the artistic merits of the world's textiles.
100 Maryland Avenue SW. The U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the country.
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. This museum serves as the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust..