Washington D.C. is a wonderful place to visit at just about any time of the year. The city is filled with things to see and do and it’s a perfect getaway for everyone from solo travelers to families with children in tow.
- The President of the United States lives here!
- It’s the home of the NFL football team known as the Washington Redskins.
- DC offers a wide variety of fantastic restaurants and cuisines for all to enjoy.
The Museums of Washington DC
What sets D.C. apart from many other destinations in the world is its museums. From those open to the public, to the ticketed ones, each museum is unique and worth a visit depending on your interests. Fortunately, there are almost too many to choose from, and it’s difficult to speak of only five, but here goes.
National Air and Space Museum
If you’re an aficionado – or simply admirer – of all things sky and space then this Museum is a must-see. It boasts the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft, including the Wright brothers’ famous 1903 flyer – Spirit of St. Louis.
Tip: Make sure to allow yourself at least two to three hours to see every incredible exhibit, such as Golden Age of Flight and How Things Fly.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
An incredibly important museum for one of the most important and tragic events in human history, the Holocaust Memorial Museum is an emotional experience that tells the dreadful story of genocide. It reminds us of hatred, prejudice, discrimination, and its main narrative is one of understanding and caution. Its permanent exhibition showcases personal stories through artifacts, videos, and the like, and it has a special exhibition aimed at children above the age of 8 where the story is told through the eyes of a young boy. When visiting the Memorial make sure to spend at least three hours, as it has a lot to offer.
National Museum of American History
A perfect place to learn significant parts of American history. Its two floors are chock-full with exhibits, and every room is loosely organized in themes that gives one fantastic continuous experience. Everything from the Star-Spangled Banner to the fine dresses and shoes of First Ladies, to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from the Wizard of Oz! This museum is a fantastic experience, especially for children.
National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is an amazing art museum with works dating all the way to the Middle Ages and it’s a must visit in DC. It has a collection of paintings made by artists of renown, such as Picasso, Monet, and even one from Da Vinci – the Ginevra de’ Benci, the only Da Vinci painting in the Americas. Everything is very neat and organized and a complete tour of the museum will take quite a bit of time, so make sure you have some to spare.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
There’s nothing quite as appealing as nature. People of all ages are always interested in it and always wanting to learn more about the Great Mother Nature. Well, there is no better place to learn about mother nature than the Smithsonian. The dinosaur exhibits will leave visitors in awe and the Hall of Mammals or Hall of Human Origin are a true highlight. Learning about nature is an never ending task as there always seems to be something new to learn. Make sure to dedicate as much time as possible to this wonderful museum and you’ll be glad to you did.