Washington DC Museums

Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum

Washington DC museums offer visitors the opportunity to visit some of the world's most famous museums.   The National Gallery of Art (pictured right) is one of the many museums located along the National Mall.  A majority of the Smithsonian Museums are located on the Mall and are free of charge to visit. Among these museums along the Mall are the Smithsonian Institution Visitor CenterArthur M. Sackler GalleryArts & Industries BuildingFreer Gallery of ArtHirshhorn Museum & Sculpture GardenNational Air & Space MuseumNational Museum of African Art, National Museum of African American History,  National Museum of American HistoryNational Museum of American ArtNational Museum of Natural HistoryNational Museum of the American IndianNational Portrait GalleryNational Postal Museum and the The National Zoological Park (National Zoo) and Anacostia Museum are Smithsonian Museums located away from the mall in other areas of the District. The Udvar-Hazy Center of the  National Air and Space Museum. is located near Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia.

Also in Washington D.C. are other major public museums not associated with Smithsonian.  They include the  National Building MuseumCorcoran Gallery of ArtFord's Theatre & Lincoln MuseumNational Gallery of Art and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Additionally downtown there are several privately owned museums which charge admission for entry.  These include;  the International Spy Museum, The Newseumand  Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Several museums are located in suburban Virginia.   Alexandria is home to the Alexandria Archeology Museum and Fort Ward Museum and Park.  The National Marine Corps Museum is located in Quantico about 30 minutes south of the city and the Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center and the  National Firearms Museum are located in Fairfax as well as the previously noted Udvar-Hazy Center of the  National Air and Space Museum