History and Culture
The backbone of the city is built on history and culture. Enjoy awe-inspiring art galleries, unmatched museums, thriving performing arts and so much more.
With 19 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, there are ways to explore every interest. Delve deeper into science, art, history, or American culture. All of the Smithsonian museums offer free admission, making it easy to hop between museums until you find something you like.
You can also bike or walk along the National Mall to see iconic monuments like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and Washington Monument while taking in the beauty of the Tidal Basin, reflecting pool, and Potomac River. Or opt to take a tour of the Capitol Building, or Library of Congress.
D.C. is also home to a number of theaters, concert venues, and paid museums. Learn more about other things to do.