Most Popular Museums in Washington DC

Washington DC has several museums that are known worldwide. We have listed the most popular museums in Washington DC, as a good-to-know information for travelers who have interest in visiting such places.

Neo Travellers’ List of Famous Museums in Washington DC

The National Museum of Natural History

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Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from? As a museum of natural history, this museum houses a wide variety of artifacts, and fossils put on public display. It is one of the best museums to visit in Washington DC with family and friends. Children will enjoy visiting this place as they can engage in a lot of different activities. It is best that you allot 2-3 hours of stay in the museum so that you can explore different sections of the museum. Situated in 10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is known locally and internationally.

This museum is considered to be one of the Top 20 Most Popular Museums in the World. To avoid the hassle of the long queues for IMAX tickets, we advise that you visit the place early in the morning so you can purchase everything you need and enjoy the rest of your time inside the museum.

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National Air and Space Museum

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Located in Independence Ave., at 7th St. SW, the National Air and Space Museum is considered as one of the busiest museums in Washington, D.C. This museum offers 22 art galleries including the aircraft, artifacts, and other air equipment. In this museum, the Spirit of Louis by the Wright Brothers (inventors of airplane) is exhibited. The Apollo 11 command module can also be found in here.

The most visited exhibits in the museum are the Golden Age of Flight, How Things Fly, The Wright Brothers ad the Invention of the Aerial Age, and Boeing Milestone Flight Hall. Referred to as one of the busiest museums, it is highly advised that visitors go here early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowd. As soon as you get there, you should purchase the IMAX ticket right away so you would not miss the astronomical shows in Planetarium. This museum is suitable for all ages. Just like the Museum of Natural History, you should spare 2-3 hours to fully explore the museum.

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Holocaust Memorial Museum

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This is a commemoration for the Jews who were executed during the reign of the Nazis in Germany during the World War II. The memorial museum showcases the story of genocide and how it killed the Jews. The place can have an emotional impact on the visitors so it is strictly advised that children should not be accompanied in the area for they might see violent scenes which are not suitable for them.

However, there is a section in the museum that tells the tale of the holocaust from the eyes of a young child, and this can be viewed by the children. Allow 2-3 hours inside the museum for a full viewing of the exhibits. The museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW and is easily accessible via different transportation modes.


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Situated at 6th St, and Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Newseum is the museum for journalist and literary pieces. They showcase historical news dating from the 16th century up to the present day. The museum has the Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery which is considered as one of the favorite sections of the museum. The museum covers the award-winning captured images since the 1940’s.

There are 15 theaters inside the museum with a 4D experience for the viewers. You can spend your whole day by watching documentaries from renowned journalists and anchors. The thing to consider while visiting the place is to start at the top most level of the building and make your way down to the ground level. Discounts are offered during the summer months.

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Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

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This estate is located outside the city, along the shores of the Potomac River and is considered as the most scenic tourist attraction in Washington, D.C area. This museum showcases 25 art galleries and theaters, which tell the story of Washington’s life.

There are different activities that can be enjoyed by the families visiting the place. A few tips to take note of when going to the museum is first, arrive early to avoid the crowd. Second, check the schedule of the museum for possible promotions. Third, sign up ahead of time to be guided by the experts when touring around the area. Lastly, allow a minimum of 4 hours when you plan on visiting the area.

The museums in Washington D.C, are mostly funded by the government and other private institutions. If you happen to visit the state, make sure you visit these popular museums in Washington DC.

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