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Washington DC Museums & Monuments

Washington, DC has many monuments, memorials and museums that celebrate the people, places and events that have shaped our nation. This guide will help you navigate through them so you don't miss their awe-inspiring magnficience.
  1. Museums (21)
  2. Smithsonian Museums (12)
  3. US Memorials & Monuments (18)

Museum and National Zoo Sleepovers
Did you know you could spend the night at the museum? Or how about cozy up to the animals of the National Zoo? The Smithsonian has two sleepover programs for families and adults.

Washington DC Travel Apps
There’s all kinds of apps to make life easier. The hard part is figuring out which ones are worth the download. Here are a few for smartphones and tablets that can make your visit to Washington a little easier.

National Firearms Museum
The Virginia-based headquarters of the National Rifle Association has a small museum in the first floor of its building, filled with more than 2,000 guns and lots of interesting history.

National Museum of the Marine Corps
The National Museum of the Marine Corps, 36 miles outside of Washington DC, teaches us about this military branch through lots of interactive displays.

U.S. Air Force Memorial
The U.S. Air Force Memorial is a tribute to the men and women who have died in combat while serving in the Air Force. The Arlington, Va., memorial is three large spires reaching skyward. The memorial also offers a beautiful view of the Washington landscape.

George Washington Masonic Memorial
It’s hard to miss the George Washington Masonic Memorial when flying into Washington. It’s often mistaken for the region’s other tall structure - the Washington Monument. But it’s actually a tribute to George Washington’s life as a Freemason. And it’s not in Washington but in Alexandria, Va. (The Freemasonry, by the way, is a fraternity started...

National Aquarium in Washington
Not many people, even some Washingtonians, know there’s a small aquarium in the basement of the Commerce Department. Even though it’s small, it’s home to lots of interesting and rare sea life. There are more than 1,500 specimens and 250 species.

Washington Monument
Everything you need to know when visiting the Washington Monument

Government Shutdown Doesn't Mean Tourism Shutdown
If members of Congress can't resolve their differences over the federal budget, the government will shut down starting the morning of April 9, 2011, causing lots of federally-funded DC attractions to also hang up their "closed" signs. While it’s a major disappointment that the Smithsonian museums and other Washington attractions will shut down...

Guide To The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
You don’t have to be a flying enthusiast or a space geek to appreciate the National Air & Space Museum in Chantilly, Va. This companion facility to the National Air & Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington is officially called the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Here's your guide for navigating this museum.

Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of Lucas and Spielberg
"Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg” will be on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., from July 2, 2010, through Jan. 2, 2011

Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC
Smithsonian Museums in Washington, DC are some of the most visited sights in Washington, DC. With 16 museums in DC and the National Zoo there are many things to see and this guide will help you plan your visit to the Smithsonian Museums

Patriotic Places to Celebrate July 4th in Washington, DC
Washington, DC is a place of patriots and patriotism. The city is filled with landmarks that honor those who made the US “the Home of the Brave” and that embody the spirit of American freedom.

Facts About the US Capitol
The US Capitol is one of the most visited federal buildings in Washington, DC. Visitors will enjoy some of the trivia and facts about the Capitol.

The US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC
The US Capitol Visitor Center will open its doors on December 2, 2008. Learn about booking a tour online and about all the exhibits on display.

Intrigue & Espionage
These photos highlight some of the exhibits visitors are treated to during their visit to the International Spy Museum. From the famous Bond car to the shoe transmitter, visitors to this informative and fun museum devoted to intrigue and espionage will not be disappointed.

Civil War History In The Washington Area
The Washington area is full of Civil War history. This guide will tell you where to find the best Civil War trails, museums and monuments.

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