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.

(⭐️ = a favorite 🌈 = kid play area)


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 the American Indian



National Museum of African American History and Culture ⭐️

National Museum of the American Indian 🌈

Anacostia Community Museum

Mexican Cultural Institute

National Geographic Museum

Planet Word Museum

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Smithsonian’s Arts & Industries Building

The Mansion on O Street

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden


President Lincoln’s Cottage




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 ⭐️

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

National Air and Space Museum


College Park Aviation Museum ⭐️ 🌈

Explore! Children’s Museum

National Arboretum ⭐️

National Building Museum ⭐️ 🌈

National Capital Trolley Museum

National Children’s Museum 🌈

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 ⭐️ 🌈


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 ⭐️

Washington National Cathedral

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

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Courtney was born and raised in Louisiana where she met her husband (married in 2005). They have moved several times, but finally feel very settled in NW DC after moving back in 2016. She has four energetic kids: Cormac (2010), Evangeline (2013), Solomon (2016), and Antoinette (2019). She thinks motherhood is absolutely wonderful, but is constantly trying to figure out how to manage it all. She spends her days talking Star Wars, playing with legos, doing crafts, having tea parties, and chasing her toddler. Motherhood is wonderful and wild and in 2017 she banded together with other mothers to start DC Area Moms to inspire, learn, and grow together. She loves morning coffee, chocolate, chatting with people since she's an extrovert, a clean house (which is rare these days). She dislikes when her kids don't listen the first time, she abhors littering, and doesn't enjoy shopping.