Washington, D.C. Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Washington, D.C. - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Art Museum of the Americas

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Changing exhibits highlight modern and contemporary Latin American and Caribbean artists in this small gallery, part of the Organization...

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum (DAR)

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The beaux arts–style Memorial Continental Hall was the site of the DAR's annual congress until the larger Constitution Hall was built,...

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

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The events that took place here on the night of April 14, 1865, shocked the nation. During a performance of Our American Cousin, John...

Freer and Sackler galleries

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The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art, which opened to the public in 1923, and the Arthur...

Heurich House Museum

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This opulent Romanesque Revival mansion, also known as the Brewmaster's Castle, was the home of Christian Heurich, a German immigrant...

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens

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Long before the age of Paris Hilton, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was the most celebrated socialite of the 20th century,...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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Conceived as the nation's museum of modern and contemporary art, the Hirshhorn is home to nearly 12,000 works by masters who include...

International Spy Museum

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It's believed that there are more spies in Washington than in any other city in the world, making it a fitting home for this museum,...

Kreeger Museum

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The cool white domes and elegant lines of this postmodern landmark stand in stark contrast to the traditional feel of the rest of the...

Madame Tussauds

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A branch of the famous London-based waxworks franchise focuses on U.S. presidential history. You can see and pose for pictures (some...


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