Welcome to Washington, DC
We are proud to highlight some of the most exciting attractions throughout the metro area. Many of these activities are free, open to the public, and easily accessible by Metro (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority). For your convenience, WMATA provides a trip planner feature to assist you in getting around the city.
Whether this is your first time to DC or if you’re a veteran visitor to our nation’s capital, there’s always something fun for everyone to enjoy.
United States Botanic Garden. The glass-enclosed U.S. Botanic Garden currently maintains about 26,000 plants. Another great feature of the museum is the Living Collections Database, which allows you to search for your favorite plants and flowers. Free.
National Museum of the American Indian. The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) opened its doors in September 2004. The museum has one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world with approximately 825,000 items representing over 12,000 years of history and more than 1,200 indigenous cultures throughout the Americas. Free.
National Museum of African Art. The museum collects and exhibits ancient and contemporary art from the entire African continent and rotates displays of its 9,100-piece permanent collection. The museum's contemporary African art collection comprises the largest public holding in the United States. Free.
National Portrait Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery is home to an extensive collection of photographs and painting. A few of the museum’s permanent collection includes American Origins 1600-1900, Twentieth-Century Americans, Champions, a salute to famous American sports figures. Free.
Madame Tussauds. The wax museum is a fabulous way to meet your favorite stars and icons. When you book your tickets online, you are able to take advantage of the 15% discount on all standard admission tickets. On display, you will find political figures, popular musicians, cultural figures, world leaders and Hollywood stars. While you are there, please say hello to President Obama!
Torpedo Factory Art Center. The Torpedo Factory Art Center houses more than 165 visual artists who produce artwork in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture.The artists invite visitors to join them in their studios and observe their creative processes. You may ask questions, learn about each of their art forms, and purchase original work. Free.
For more ideas and information on other attractions, please visit:
Washington, DC: http://washington.org/
Old Town Alexandria: http://alexandriava.gov/historic/
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