The Capitol Guidebook

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The Capitol Guidebook

FREE Smithsonian Museums
4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20565 Downtown The National Gallery of Art’s collection spans two major buildings – one classical, the other modern – and encompasses a six-acre sculpture garden containing a rotating display of permanent works and traveling exhibitions. The permanent collection spans ancient to contemporary art, including the likes of da Vinci, Degas and Calder, while the museum offers public programming (think art history movies and classical concerts) and hands-on activities for kids. And if you’re visiting during the winter, be sure to hit the outdoor ice-skating rink located in the center of the sculpture garden.
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National Gallery of Art
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4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20565 Downtown The National Gallery of Art’s collection spans two major buildings – one classical, the other modern – and encompasses a six-acre sculpture garden containing a rotating display of permanent works and traveling exhibitions. The permanent collection spans ancient to contemporary art, including the likes of da Vinci, Degas and Calder, while the museum offers public programming (think art history movies and classical concerts) and hands-on activities for kids. And if you’re visiting during the winter, be sure to hit the outdoor ice-skating rink located in the center of the sculpture garden.
100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington, DC 20001 National Mall George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison shared a dream of a national botanic garden in the late 18th century, and the three were successful in establishing one on the southwest corner of the National Mall by 1820. Today, visitors can enjoy this living, indoor-outdoor museum and its impressive collection of plant life. Fan favorites include the charming 19th century hothouse conservatory and the butterfly garden.
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United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue Southwest
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100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington, DC 20001 National Mall George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison shared a dream of a national botanic garden in the late 18th century, and the three were successful in establishing one on the southwest corner of the National Mall by 1820. Today, visitors can enjoy this living, indoor-outdoor museum and its impressive collection of plant life. Fan favorites include the charming 19th century hothouse conservatory and the butterfly garden.
6th St. & Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20013 National Mall The National Air and Space Museum boasts the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft, including Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Wright brothers’ original 1903 flyer, astronaut space suits and a lunar rock sample. In fact, the collection has grown so large that there's a dedicated annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Va.
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National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Avenue Southwest
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6th St. & Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20013 National Mall The National Air and Space Museum boasts the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft, including Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Wright brothers’ original 1903 flyer, astronaut space suits and a lunar rock sample. In fact, the collection has grown so large that there's a dedicated annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Va.
4th St. & Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20024 National Mall One of the more recent permanent additions to the National Mall, the National Museum of the American Indian expresses the diversity of culture, language, history, tradition and futures of indigenous peoples of North and South America, from the Arctic Circle to the tip of Patagonia. The museum hosts engaging public programming year-round, but one of the most exciting times to visit is during Native American Heritage Month in November. When you find yourself getting hungry, head to Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe (which translates to “Let’s eat!” in the language of Delaware and Piscataway Natives) for Native American-inspired fare, like its famous fry bread and corn totopos. The restaurant is highly regarded and is frequently busy.
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National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street Southwest
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4th St. & Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20024 National Mall One of the more recent permanent additions to the National Mall, the National Museum of the American Indian expresses the diversity of culture, language, history, tradition and futures of indigenous peoples of North and South America, from the Arctic Circle to the tip of Patagonia. The museum hosts engaging public programming year-round, but one of the most exciting times to visit is during Native American Heritage Month in November. When you find yourself getting hungry, head to Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe (which translates to “Let’s eat!” in the language of Delaware and Piscataway Natives) for Native American-inspired fare, like its famous fry bread and corn totopos. The restaurant is highly regarded and is frequently busy.
Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW Washington, DC 20013 National Mall The National Museum of Natural History offers Q?rius, an interactive learning space for tweens and teens allowing them to engage in real-life science experiments. Kids of all ages will be fascinated by daily tarantula feedings or a stroll among live butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. There's also the Fossil Basecamp at the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils Deep Time exhibit, an interactive area that enlightens visitors on the topics of fossil dating, fossilization and evolution.
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National Museum of Natural History
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Constitution Ave. at 10th St. NW Washington, DC 20013 National Mall The National Museum of Natural History offers Q?rius, an interactive learning space for tweens and teens allowing them to engage in real-life science experiments. Kids of all ages will be fascinated by daily tarantula feedings or a stroll among live butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion. There's also the Fossil Basecamp at the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils Deep Time exhibit, an interactive area that enlightens visitors on the topics of fossil dating, fossilization and evolution.
1300 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20560 National Mall Over four million people make their way to the vast National Museum of American History each year. No surprise, since the museum’s collection boasts more than three million objects that tell the American story. Among these, a few crowd favorites include the flag that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the Greensboro lunch counter, Julia Child’s kitchen, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.
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National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Avenue Northwest
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1300 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20560 National Mall Over four million people make their way to the vast National Museum of American History each year. No surprise, since the museum’s collection boasts more than three million objects that tell the American story. Among these, a few crowd favorites include the flag that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the Greensboro lunch counter, Julia Child’s kitchen, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat.
1400 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001 National Mall The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture opened on the National Mall in September 2016. Sporting a sleek design and a wealth of new exhibits, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, inspiring experience for all who visit. During peak season (March through August), timed passes are required on weekdays before 1 p.m. and on weekends. For full details, please visit the museum passes guide.
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Museo nazionale di storia e cultura afroamericana
1400 Constitution Ave NW
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1400 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001 National Mall The only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture opened on the National Mall in September 2016. Sporting a sleek design and a wealth of new exhibits, the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a powerful, inspiring experience for all who visit. During peak season (March through August), timed passes are required on weekdays before 1 p.m. and on weekends. For full details, please visit the museum passes guide.
Neighborhoods
Worth visiting: ** Toki Underground for Taiwanese ramen ** Maketto- a dining-retail-coffeeshop for Taiwanese and Cambodian dishes ** Sticky Rice for fresh sushi bar with creative rolls like the G.I. Jane, plus buckets of tater tots for nostalgia’s sake ** Smith Commons pairs craft beers with seasonal favorites, and let’s loose on Friday and Saturday nights with a DJ **For vegetarians: Fancy Radish has unique dishes like a rutabaga fondue served with a soft pretzel or the restaurant’s namesake “fancy radishes,” which are plated with shico, shichito, yuzu avocado, pickled tofu and smoked soy
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Worth visiting: ** Toki Underground for Taiwanese ramen ** Maketto- a dining-retail-coffeeshop for Taiwanese and Cambodian dishes ** Sticky Rice for fresh sushi bar with creative rolls like the G.I. Jane, plus buckets of tater tots for nostalgia’s sake ** Smith Commons pairs craft beers with seasonal favorites, and let’s loose on Friday and Saturday nights with a DJ **For vegetarians: Fancy Radish has unique dishes like a rutabaga fondue served with a soft pretzel or the restaurant’s namesake “fancy radishes,” which are plated with shico, shichito, yuzu avocado, pickled tofu and smoked soy
Kid-Friendly Museums
The National Geographic Museum & Headquarters 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-857-7700 Museum Hours Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM Ticket Office Hours Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM Animal lovers young and old will adore a spin through the National Geographic Museum. There are changing exhibits that always feature work by the magazine’s photographers, as well as displays that showcase the efforts of international scientists to protect the natural world’s resources and animals. Children under 5 are free.
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National Geographic Museum
1145 17th Street Northwest
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The National Geographic Museum & Headquarters 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202-857-7700 Museum Hours Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM Ticket Office Hours Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 4 PM Animal lovers young and old will adore a spin through the National Geographic Museum. There are changing exhibits that always feature work by the magazine’s photographers, as well as displays that showcase the efforts of international scientists to protect the natural world’s resources and animals. Children under 5 are free.
The new International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza is now open! With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artifacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of a spy. Not only is there lots and lots of new stuff to see, but you can take part in an Undercover Mission and discover numerous hands-on elements at the museum. General Admission Ticket Types Adult (13-64) - $24.95 Youth (7-12) - $14.95 Child (6 and under) - FREE Senior / Military / Law Enforcement / Intelligence Community / College Student* (with valid ID) - $19.95 **https://www.spymuseum.org/visit/**
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International Spy Museum
800 F Street Northwest
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The new International Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza is now open! With interactive exhibitions and installations, the foremost collection of spy artifacts in the world, and first-person accounts from top intelligence officers and experts, the new Museum places visitors in the shoes of a spy. Not only is there lots and lots of new stuff to see, but you can take part in an Undercover Mission and discover numerous hands-on elements at the museum. General Admission Ticket Types Adult (13-64) - $24.95 Youth (7-12) - $14.95 Child (6 and under) - FREE Senior / Military / Law Enforcement / Intelligence Community / College Student* (with valid ID) - $19.95 **https://www.spymuseum.org/visit/**
Kids adore becoming a television reporter at the Newseum. Along with reading a teleprompter, kids can play in the NBC Interactive Newsroom and learn about the pets of U.S. presidents. At the Be a TV Reporter stations, visitors take their places in front of a variety of video backdrops, read a news report from a teleprompter and see themselves in action. HOURS Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Newseum will be closing in its current location on December 31, 2019. 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001 ADMISSION Purchase a ticket, and the next day’s visit is free! Adults, 19 to 64: $24.95 + tax Seniors, 65 and older: $19.95 + tax Youth, 7 to 18: $14.95 + tax Children, 6 and younger: Free Prices subject to change without notice. Discounts for journalists, military, teachers, college students, and AAA members are available only at our admissions desk with applicable ID (view details). 15% discount on food at The Source by Wolfgang Puck (view details) Complimentary coat check
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Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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Kids adore becoming a television reporter at the Newseum. Along with reading a teleprompter, kids can play in the NBC Interactive Newsroom and learn about the pets of U.S. presidents. At the Be a TV Reporter stations, visitors take their places in front of a variety of video backdrops, read a news report from a teleprompter and see themselves in action. HOURS Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Newseum will be closing in its current location on December 31, 2019. 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001 ADMISSION Purchase a ticket, and the next day’s visit is free! Adults, 19 to 64: $24.95 + tax Seniors, 65 and older: $19.95 + tax Youth, 7 to 18: $14.95 + tax Children, 6 and younger: Free Prices subject to change without notice. Discounts for journalists, military, teachers, college students, and AAA members are available only at our admissions desk with applicable ID (view details). 15% discount on food at The Source by Wolfgang Puck (view details) Complimentary coat check
The National Gallery of Art welcomes families to attend workshops featuring an interactive guide and hands-on art activities in the Education Studio in the East Building. Younger kids (ages 4-7) will enjoy Stories in Art, which involve reading, exploring and experimenting. LEARN MORE: https://www.nga.gov/education/families.html
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National Gallery of Art
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The National Gallery of Art welcomes families to attend workshops featuring an interactive guide and hands-on art activities in the Education Studio in the East Building. Younger kids (ages 4-7) will enjoy Stories in Art, which involve reading, exploring and experimenting. LEARN MORE: https://www.nga.gov/education/families.html
The National Law Enforcement Museum is a state-of-the-art facility that memorializes American law enforcement and is home to 20,000-plus objects that tell the story of this country’s law enforcers, including the past, present and future. Visitors can participate in a training simulator and the museum hosts a number of family-friendly programs and tours throughout the year. The museum is open from Sunday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hours extending until 9 p.m. on Thursday.
National Law Enforcement Museum
444 E St NW
The National Law Enforcement Museum is a state-of-the-art facility that memorializes American law enforcement and is home to 20,000-plus objects that tell the story of this country’s law enforcers, including the past, present and future. Visitors can participate in a training simulator and the museum hosts a number of family-friendly programs and tours throughout the year. The museum is open from Sunday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with hours extending until 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14th and C Streets, SW Washington, DC 20228 Money is an essential aspect of everyday life – they’ve even made songs about it! At the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, you can witness how our currency is made, through more than 10 processes that show just how much goes into making a single note. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry during busy season. Tours are offered every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., with evening hours added March through August. General Inquiries: local 202-874-3188 or toll-free 1-877-874-4114 Public Sales: 1-800-456-3408 Public Tours: 1-866-874-2330 (toll-free) or 202-874-2330 (local)
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
301 14th Street Southwest
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Department of the Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing 14th and C Streets, SW Washington, DC 20228 Money is an essential aspect of everyday life – they’ve even made songs about it! At the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, you can witness how our currency is made, through more than 10 processes that show just how much goes into making a single note. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entry during busy season. Tours are offered every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., with evening hours added March through August. General Inquiries: local 202-874-3188 or toll-free 1-877-874-4114 Public Sales: 1-800-456-3408 Public Tours: 1-866-874-2330 (toll-free) or 202-874-2330 (local)
The S. Dillon Ripley Center 3rd Sublevel 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC 20024 Discovery Theater is your source for live performances that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. Bring your young people to Discovery Theater to experience heritage, science and culture in a memorable way. Learn More: https://discoverytheater.org/tickets/
Discovery Theater
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
The S. Dillon Ripley Center 3rd Sublevel 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC 20024 Discovery Theater is your source for live performances that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. Bring your young people to Discovery Theater to experience heritage, science and culture in a memorable way. Learn More: https://discoverytheater.org/tickets/
Nearby Park
The Fields at RFK CAMPUS 2400 EAST CAPITOL STREET SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON, DC 20003 The Fields at RFK, which opened in June, is the first phase in a five-step redevelopment plan from Events D.C., the District’s convention and sports authority. The $35.8 million complex features illuminated fields marked for soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse as well as scoreboard, bleachers, a pavilion, playground, restrooms and walking paths.
The Fields at RFK Campus
401 Oklahoma Avenue Northeast
The Fields at RFK CAMPUS 2400 EAST CAPITOL STREET SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON, DC 20003 The Fields at RFK, which opened in June, is the first phase in a five-step redevelopment plan from Events D.C., the District’s convention and sports authority. The $35.8 million complex features illuminated fields marked for soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse as well as scoreboard, bleachers, a pavilion, playground, restrooms and walking paths.

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Metro and Bus Information
Stadium-Armory is a hub with Metro rail and bus stops. It is a half mile (.8 km) 12 minute walk south. Benning Road and H-Street streetcar (trolley) is a 5-minute walk north and free! Maps and costs (fares) are on (Website hidden by Airbnb) and (Website hidden by Airbnb) Exact change is required for cash on buses, otherwise use SmarTrip cards, available online and in every rail station. Stadium Armory has Orange, Blue, and Silver lines, direct to National Airport DCA, and downtown hubs L'Enfant and Metro Center. For easy directions, (Hidden by Airbnb) Maps
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United States Capitol Visitor Center
The U.S. Capitol Building is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and the center of American democracy, where congress conducts business, debates laws and passes bills on behalf of the American people. The free-to-visit U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is also one of DC’s most popular museums, welcoming millions of visitors each year. Tip: if you're planning to tour the Capitol and see Congress in session, make sure to plan your visit in advance! Visit: https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol Same-day passes are available at the Information De