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Memorials, Monuments + Museums

ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

8th and F Streets NW.  Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  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.

Metocenter Station.

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 submit a request through the online form which can be found here.

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.

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 Library is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: (202) 339-6400

DAR MUSEUM (DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION)

1776 D Street NW.  Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Exhibits in this museum include more than 30,000 objects used in American prior to the Industrial Revolution.

Phone: (202) 628-1776

Farragut North and Farragut West Stations.

FORD'S THEATRE 

511 10th Street NW.  Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated hosts theatrical productions and educational tours.

Phone: (202) 347-4833

Metro Center Station.

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL
West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, N.W.  Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm every day except December 25 by Park Rangers. 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. 

Smithsonian Metro Station.

FREER GALLERY OF ART

Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  A member of the Smithsonian museums, the Freer Gallery boasts the largest Asian art research facility in the United States.

Smithsonian Station.

HILLWOOD ESTATE MUSEUM AND GARDENS

4155 Linnean Avenue NW.  Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are required for entry.  The home of Marjorie Merriweather Post boasts the largest Russian imperial art collection outside of Russia, French decorative art and many acres of gardens.

Phone (202) 686-5807

Van Ness/UDC Station.

HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN

7th Street and Independence Avenue SW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This Smithsonian extension is one of the five largest modern art museums in the United States.

Smithsonian Station.

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM

800 F Street NW.  Hours vary, please consult the website.  Tickets are required for entry.  This privately owned museum has the largest collection of international espionage artifacts currently on public display.

Phone: (202) 393-7798

Gallery Place/Chinatown Station.

IWO JIMA STATUE
Located in Arlington, off Route 50, across the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.  One of the largest bronze statues ever cast honors all U.S. Marines killed in battle since 1775. 

Phone: (703) 289-2500

KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL
Near the Lincoln Memorial.  Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm 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. 

Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL 
West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, N.W.  Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm every day except December 25 by Park Rangers.  

Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

MARTIN LUTHER KING MEMORIAL

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.

Smithsonian Metro Station.

NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

6th Street and Independence Avenue NW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This Smithsonian museum holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.

L’Enfant Plaza Station.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Constitution Avenue and 9th Street NW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Archives hold the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights as well as many other historical documents.

Phone: (866) 272-6272

Archives/Navy Memorial Station.

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.

Phone: (202) 245-2726

NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM

401 F Street NW.  Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Created by an act of Congress in 1980, this museum displays architecture, design, engineering, construction and urban planning attractions.

Phone: (202) 272-2448

Judiciary Square Station.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

3rd-9th Streets and Constitution Avenue NW.  Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Gallery traces the development of many forms of Western Art, dating from the Middle Ages through today.

Phone: (202) 842-6905

Archives/Navy Memorial Station.

MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

15th and Constitution Avenue, N.W.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.  The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. Timed entry passes are required. 

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This museum preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in areas of political, social, cultural, scientific, and military history.

Smithsonian Station.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN

4th Street and Independence Avenue SW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This museum is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history and arts of Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere.

Federal Center SW Station.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS

18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle VA 22172.  Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Marine Corps Museum details the history of United States Marines.

Phone: (703) 432-1775

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS

1250 New York Avenue NW.  Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are required for entry.  The museum celebrates the achievements of women in visual, performing and literary arts.

Phone: 1 (800) 222-7270

Metro Center Station.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MUSEUM

17th and M Streets NW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are required for entry.  National Geographic Museum displays a wide range of exhibits relating to work of National Geographic photographers, scientists and explorers.

Farragut North and Farragut West Stations.

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

8th and F Streets NW.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Another branch of the Smithsonian, this museum houses portraits of famous Americans.

Gallery Place/Chinatown Station.

NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM

2 Massachusetts Avenue NE.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This Smithsonian extension uses interactive displays to tell the history of the United States Postal Service.

Union Station.

PHILLIPS COLLECTION

1600 21st Street NW.  Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This museum declares itself "America's first museum of modern art since 1921."

Phone: (202) 387-2151

Dupont Circle Station.

PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S COTTAGE
3700 North Capitol Street NW.  President Abraham Lincoln's Summer Retreat.  Tickets are required for entry.  Monday through Saturday tours are available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Phone: (202) 829-0436

Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station.

RENWICK GALLERY

17th Street and Pennsylvania NW.  Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  This branch of the Smithsonian displays American craft and decorative arts.

Farragut North and Farragut West Stations.

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM

8th and F Streets NW.  Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The American Art Museum holds one of the largest collections of art from the colonial period to the present.

Judiciary Square Station.

THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
South Bank of the Tidal Basin.  Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm every day except December 25 by Park Rangers.  At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise the basin. 

Smithsonian Metro Station.

TEXTILE MUSEUM

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.

Phone: (202) 994-5200

Foggy Bottom/GWU Station.

TUDOR PLACE       
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, has an excellent view of the Potomac River. Tuesday through Saturday tours are available from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; last tour begins at 3:00 pm. On Sunday tours are available 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm; last tour begins at 3:00 pm.

Phone: (202) 965-0400

U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN

100 Maryland Avenue SW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The U.S. Botanic Garden is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the country.

Phone (202) 225-8333

Federal Center SW Station.

U.S. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW.  Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.  This museum serves as the United States' official memorial to the Holocaust.

Phone: (202) 488-0400

Smithsonian Station.

VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
Near the Lincoln Memorial.  Henry Bacon Drive and Constitution Avenue, N.W.  Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm every day except December 25 by Park Rangers.  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.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT
On the Mall at 15th Street, N.W. The Washington Monument is closed until spring 2019 as the National Park Service modernizes the elevator and constructs a permanent screening facility for visitors entering the landmark.

Smithsonian Metro Station.

WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL 
17th Street between Constitution and Independence Avenues, N.W. Open 24 hours daily.  The memorial is staffed from 9:30am to 10:00pm every day except December 25 by Park Rangers.  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.

Smithsonian Metro Station