Art, crime, famous figures, history, news, and what not! That pretty much describes Washington DC’s world-class museums! Here’re 10 museums that you should visit when exploring other parts of the city!
America’s first modern art museum, The Phillips Collection keeps refreshing its additions and exhibitions alongside the exemplary works of art celebrities such as Vincent van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir whose Luncheon of the Boating Party, an Impressionist piece of art, remains as the centerpiece.
- Adults: $12
- Students and Seniors: $10
- Age 18 or Below: Free
The National Museum of Women in the Arts accommodates some 4,500 artworks from more than 1,000 female artists including famous Frida Kahlo, Joana Vasconcelos, and Mary Cassatt and is the only museum in the world to recognize their contribution.
- Adults: $10
- Students and Seniors (65 and up): $8
- Age 18 or Below: Free
Madame Tussauds lets you hang out and take photos with the naturalistic wax figures of world’s most celebrated stars. Visit the Presidents Gallery and interact with all 45 U.S. presidential wax figures. Pick a seat at the presidential Resolute desk in the “Oval Office.”
- Ticket Price: $17.60 (Starting).
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum pays tribute to all those who were the victims the Holocaust that changed their lives forever. The museum encourages visitors to protest genocide and hatred today. The 45-minute-long Daniel’s Story is one of the principal attractions.
- Admission Fee: Free
- Advance Tickets required between March and October
National Building Museum enchants visitors with the marvel of architecture, art, and design. The Great Hall and its 75-foot high Corinthian columns engaging, and you will get a blast at the vibrant PLAY WORK BUILD.
- The Great Hall: Free
- For Exhibitions: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (60 and up), free for students and kids (3 to 17)
The museum with its world-famous magazine is the home to wonderful rotating exhibitions suitable for all. The National Geographic Museum Store features books, maps, travel accessories, and more approved by Nat Geo.
- Adults: $15
- Military personnel, Seniors (62 and up), and Students: $12
- Children: $10 (5 to 12)
- Kids: Free (4 and Below)
The National Law Enforcement Museum located in Judiciary Square features its 20,000 objects from all time spans to commemorate American law enforcers and their actions. Notable historic artifacts include Al Capone’s vest and J. Edgar Hoover’s desk. The museum remains open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Saturday (except on Thursday when it’s open up to 9 p.m.).
Located at a walking distance from the Nationals Park, this Museum’s Exhibits feature U.S. Navy topics including the Great White Fleet, its role in each of American wars, submarine operations, and anti-slave trade patrols.
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, located in The U.S. National Arboretum, boasts an engaging a collection of legendary bonsai trees in artful containers and miniature Chinese and Japanese trees featuring a calming effect on everyone who looks at them.
The Interior Museum directed by the U.S. Department of the Interior upholds the nation’s cultural heritages, natural resources, and public lands. Take the comprehensive building tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. with prior reservations.