Your Destination Guide to Washington DC

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Free in Washington DC

Free in Washington DC
Free in Washington DC

DC features world-class museums, monuments, parks, and public spaces. And many, many of them are free – absolutely free! -- ranging from all the museums of the Smithsonian Institution to the C&O Canal. This section provides you with a guide to getting the most out of the capitol without opening your wallet.

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Capitol Building
  • Capitol Building
  • The majestic dome and Rotunda marking the heart of the U.S. Capitol Building not only symbolize the power of the legislative branch of the greatest democracy in the world, but also determine the...
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Constitution Gardens
  • Constitution Gardens
  • Constitution Gardens, a 45-acre park located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, honors the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence and provides a scenic spot with...
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Freer Gallery of Art
  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • The Freer Gallery of Art is part of the Smithsonian Institution and one of two Smithsonian galleries (the other is the Sackler Gallery) that feature East Asian art.
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
  • The Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden had its beginnings in 1966 when Latvian-born Joseph H. Hirshhorn donated his huge collection of contemporary and modern art.
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Library of Congress
  • Library of Congress
  • Established in 1800 through an act of Congress, the Library of Congress originally held 3,000 volumes, and today it is the largest library in the world with more than 138 million items, and increasing by 10,000 more daily.
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Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Natural History
  • When the current Natural History Museum building opened in 1910, a Triceratops skeleton rode a horse-drawn cart to its new home, along with approximately 10 million other objects.
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National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum is a goldmine for aviation enthusiasts, maintaining the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, including some of the most famous artifacts of all time: the Wright Brothers' Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St.
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National Arboretum
  • National Arboretum
  • Many of the best-loved shrubs and trees in America were developed at the nation's premier horticultural research facility the National Arboretum, featuring 444 acres of demonstration gardens,...
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National Archives
  • National Archives
  • Democracy starts here. That is the motto of the National Archives, created in 1934 to house the country's most important historic documents and to centralize federal record keeping.
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National Gallery of Art
  • National Gallery of Art
  • The National Gallery of Art is comprised of two structures connected by an underground concourse: the marble neoclassical West Building, completed in 1941 and designed by John Russell Pope...
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National Museum of African Art
National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of American History
  • Originally opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology, the National Museum of American History has become an important chronicler of the history of science and technology and its effects...
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National Museum of the American Indian
National Zoological Park
  • National Zoological Park
  • Orangutans nonchalantly drape themselves across cables 45 feet above the heads of passersby, taking a break as they traverse the O-Line – an orangutan transit system that connects the Great Ape House to the Think Tank at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
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Smithsonian Institution Building
Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court
  • Arising out of the despair of the Great Depression in 1935, the gleaming white Supreme Court building was heralded by many as a beacon of hope for a floundering nation.
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U.S. Botanic Garden
  • U.S. Botanic Garden
  • The oldest continually-operating botanic garden in the United States, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a showcase centrally located on the National Mall, and is nearly as old as DC itself. Its first greenhouse was built in 1842 and since 1849, it has been at its current location.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's purpose is to ensure that we never forget, and never repeat, the atrocities of the Holocaust, stimulating people to "confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and strengthen democracy," according to the museum's literature.
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White House
  • White House
  • The White House, while planned by President George Washington and city architect Pierre l'Enfant, was never lived in by Washington, but has housed every single U.S. president since his successor John Adams moved in 1801.
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