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Free Museums in Washington D.C.: Our Favorites

When it comes to high-quality activities to do for free, Washington, D.C. is in a league of its own, especially in regards to museums. From art to history and everything in between, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite free museums to visit the next time you book a trip to America’s Coolest City.

  • Phillips Collection Tuesday–Friday the Museum Collection is by donation
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Museum of African Art
  • American Art Museum Sackler
  • Dumbarton Oaks Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Hirschhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
  • Anacostia Community Museum
  • African American Civil War Memorial Museum
  • DAR Museum
  • Ford’s Theater
  • Naval Memorial Heritage Center
  • National Postal Museum
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Natural History Museum
  • Historical Society of Washington DC
  • Air & Space Museum National Building Museum (admission required for most exhibits) Smithsonian Castle
  • National Archives
  • Old Post Office Museum
  • National Cathedral
  • Bureau of Engraving
  • Capitol Building and Visitor Center
  • Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Navy Museum (Navy Yard)
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • Kennedy Center
  • Mexican Cultural Institute
  • The President Woodrow Wilson House
  • The Society of the Cincinnati
  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Art Conservation
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • Library of Congress
  • The Supreme Court
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Heurich House Museum
  • The Anderson House

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