FREE ADMISSION to family and cultural attractions!
The following attractions offer FREE admission (some non-profits suggest a donation). Please visit the websites of these attractions for schedules as times vary.
BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING - Washington, DC
Learn all about U.S. paper currency. See millions of dollars being printed from the gallery above the production floor.
14th & C Street SW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 874-2330 • moneyfactory.gov
GRAND FOYER IN MILLENNIUM STAGE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER - Washington, DC
Take in a free concert, dance performance and other show at 6 pm every night of the year.
2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 467-4600 • www.kennedy-center.org
NATIONAL ARCHIVES & RECORDS - Washington, DC
Take a look at the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and more than 3 billion records.
Constitution Ave. NW (between 7th & 9th Street), Washington, D.C. • (202) 357-5000 • archives.gov
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART - Washington, DC
One of the world's preeminent museums, the Museum traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present through master works of art. Permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, free programs, including lectures, tours, concerts, films and family activities are offered year-round.
Constitution Avenue NW (between Third and Ninth Streets), Washington, D.C. • (202) 737-4215 • www.nga.gov
OLD STONE HOUSE - Washington, DC
Visit the oldest unchanged building in the District. Built by a cabinet maker in 1765, this Georgetown house is furnished as it would have been in the 18th century. Enjoy a stroll through the backyard gardens.
3051 M St. NW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 426-6851 • www.nps.gov
WASHINGTON MONUMENT - Washington, DC
For a panorama view of the nation's capital, ride the elevator to the top of the Washington Monument (free tickets by standing in line on day of visit, or pay a $1.50 service charge for advance ticket). Once the tallest building in the world, it was built in 1884 to honor George Washington. Closed for upgrading, check website for reopening date.
National Mall between the U.S. Capitol and Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. • (202) 426-6841 • www.nps.gov/wamo
RENWICK GALLERY OF THE SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM - Washington, DC
Housed in a historic building near the White House, this museum's permanent collections and exhibitions feature the finest American crafts dating from the 19th century.
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-8536 • renwick.americanart.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE - Washington, DC
The newest of the Smithsonian Institution's group of museums, this museum reflects African American life, history and culture through exhibits on culture, music, slavery and the Civil Rights Movement and more than 36,000 artifacts. Free admission with timed entry passes to the museum are available at bit.ly/nmaahctix.
Constitution Avenue NW (between Third and Ninth Streets), Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-1000 • nmaahc.si.edu
SACKLER GALLERY - Washington, DC
This Asian art museum is home to Dr. Arthur M Sackler's immense collection of Asian art. It displays permanent and new exhibits of Asian art from Asian regions and eras... Chinese, Near Eastern, South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas. The museum features events and film screenings and the beautiful four-acre public Enid A. Haupt Garden with fountains, walking paths and beautiful scenery.
National Mall, 1050 Independence Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-4880 • asia.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM - Washington, DC
The largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world is found at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and its second location, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Historic aircraft are on display including the 1903 Wright Flyer which flew the worlds first successful flight, and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, which flew nonstop from New York to Paris for the very first time. Of course, you'll also find spacecraft parts and can touch a lunar rock brought back from the Apollo 17 mission! airandspace.si.edu
National Air and Space Museum: Independence Avenue NW (at 6th Street SW), Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-2214; Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA 703-572-4118
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN - Washington, DC
You'll find one of the world's most expansive collections of Native American objects, photographs, artifacts and media, along with colorful activities that bring Native voices to life. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center is an interactive experience for families who can explore genius innovations made by Native tribes, from snowshoes and skateboards to tipi-building and basket-weaving. The Museum also offers family programs, guided tours, live musical performances and film screenings.
Independence Avenue SW (at Fourth Street), Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-6644 • www.nmai.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - Washington, DC
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History contains some of the most famous artifacts in the world, including the Hope Diamond, suspected to be cursed. Teens and tweens can make their own scientific discoveries. Find out how the human species evolved through full-size reconstructions or visit the insect zoo or see an exact replica of a living North Atlantic right whale.
The National Mall, Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-1000 • naturalhistory.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY - Washington, DC
All things Americana are featured in the National Museum of American History, most notably the Star-Spangle Banner Flag, which flew above Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812 and was the inspiration for the national anthem. From the top hat Abraham Lincoln wore to the Ford Theatre on the night he was assassinated and our First Ladies gowns, fine china and furnishing to a replica of Julia Child's kitchen and Dorothy's ruby slippers. Youngsters (0 - 6) will enjoy interactive exhibits and hands-on activities at Wegmans Wonderplace.
Constitution Avenue NW (between 12th and 14th Streets), Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-1000 • americanhistorysi.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY - Washington, DC
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story. The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.
Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-1000 • npg.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM - Washington, DC
Discover the art of stamp making and design at this Museum, home to the largest and most comprehensive collect of stamps and philatelic material in the world. Find out how to start a stamp collection. See postage from around the world, including the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, known as the world's most famous stamp. Three vintage airmail planes hang from a 90-food high ceiling, while a stagecoach from 1851 and a 1932 Ford Model A postal truck are on display.
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-5555 • postalmuseum.si.edu
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO - Washington, DC
Animals of all shapes, sizes and species call the National Zoo home, including about 100 that are endangered and panda stars, Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their panda babies Bao Bao and Bei Bei. Visitors will find reptiles, elephants, monkeys, big cats, and many more, including farm animals at the Zoo's Kids' Farm.
Woodley Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. • (202) 633-1000 • nationalzoo.si.edu
UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY- Washington, DC
One of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the Garden, founded in 1820, is a living plant museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. There are programs for visitors of all ages, as well as tours and exhibits. Models of DC monuments made up from plant materials, a fantasy train display, a poinsettia showcase and one of the largest indoor trees are featured during the popular holiday show called Season's Greenings.
Bartholdi Park, Washington, D.C. • (202) 225-8333 • www.USBG.gov