Washington, D.C.

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This is why you came. Washington D.C.’s museums, galleries, cultural offerings and historic sights are some of the most magnificent (and plentiful) in the country–and perhaps the best part is that so many of them, like the National Gallery of Art and the National Air and Space Museum charge the public an admission fee of precisely nothing. This is a cultural capital meant for walking, taking in the sights (while also taking advantage of its excellent Metro system), learning about the history of our nation, seeing our government branches in action, admiring monuments, paying respects at memorials, and spending hours in enthralling museums. Never before has this much studying been this much fun. You can tour the sights on your own but if you want someone to spoon-feed you the history and the anecdotes that make a whirlwind of memorials, monuments and museums come to life, you may want to hire one of our expert guides. Some are particularly trained to communicate with kids so will keep them learning and having fun; others are historians or art experts who can add depth to visits.

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[{"id":127904,"title":"Museum of the Bible","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-127904\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southwest-sw\/activities\/museum-of-the-bible\/\">Museum of the Bible<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">400 4th St SW<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8948611,-77.0162651","type":"current","show":1},{"id":92647,"title":"National Museum of African American History and Culture","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-92647\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/national-museum-african-american-history-culture\/\">National Museum of African American History and Culture<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">200 15th Street<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.891169304106334,-77.03065312485353","type":"current","show":1},{"id":76481,"title":"U.S. Capitol Building","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-76481\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southeast-se\/activities\/u-s-capitol-building\/\">U.S. Capitol Building<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">East Capitol St. NE & First St. SE<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.889812,-77.00592849999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":76476,"title":"United States Holocaust Memorial Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-76476\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southwest-sw\/activities\/united-states-holocaust-memorial-museum\/\">United States Holocaust Memorial Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8867068,-77.0326078","type":"current","show":1},{"id":76471,"title":"National Building Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-76471\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/national-building-museum\/\">National Building Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">401 F St. NW<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8977516,-77.01761879999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27168,"title":"The Phillips Collection Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27168\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/phillips-collection-museum\/\">The Phillips Collection Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1600 21st Street<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.91188140000001,-77.04695659999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27166,"title":"Folger Shakespeare Library and Theater","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27166\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southeast-se\/activities\/folger-shakespeare-library-theater\/\">Folger Shakespeare Library and Theater<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">201 East Capitol Street<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8893879,-77.00305860000003","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27162,"title":"Ford\u2019s Theater","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27162\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/fords-theater\/\">Ford\u2019s Theater<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">511 10th Street <\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8965443,-77.02583920000001","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27143,"title":"National Archives","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27143\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/national-archives\/\">National Archives<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Constitution Ave, 7th & 9th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9081407,-77.02397200000001","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27136,"title":"Monuments by Moonlight","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27136\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/monuments-moonlight\/\">Monuments by Moonlight<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">50 Massachusetts Ave<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8975799,-77.00615779999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27111,"title":"John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27111\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/john-f-kennedy-center-performing-arts\/\">John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">2700 F St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.896054,-77.05485199999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27105,"title":"Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27105\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southwest-sw\/activities\/arena-stage-mead-center-american-theater\/\">Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1101 6th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8771791,-77.01993709999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27100,"title":"Jazz in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27100\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/jazz-national-gallery-art-sculpture-garden\/\">Jazz in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Constitution Ave and 7th St, National Mall <\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8920865,-77.0219022","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27098,"title":"Blues Alley","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27098\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/blues-alley\/\">Blues Alley<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1073 Wisconsin Ave<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9046983,-77.06266959999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27092,"title":"Hillwood Museum and Gardens","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27092\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/hillwood-museum-gardens\/\">Hillwood Museum and Gardens<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">4155 Linnean Ave<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.94349,-77.052457","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27089,"title":"Tudor Place","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27089\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/tudor-place\/\">Tudor Place<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1644 31st<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.911493,-77.06290130000002","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27086,"title":"Dumbarton Oaks","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27086\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/dumbarton-oaks\/\">Dumbarton Oaks<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1703 32nd St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9146439,-77.06421","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27083,"title":"George Washington\u2019s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27083\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/off-the-beaten-path-washington-d-c\/activities\/george-washingtons-mount-vernon-estate-gardens\/\">George Washington\u2019s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">3101 Wisconsin Ave<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9306119,-77.07066939999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27078,"title":"Old Town, Alexandria","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27078\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/off-the-beaten-path-washington-d-c\/activities\/old-town-alexandria\/\">Old Town, Alexandria<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\"><\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8045704,-77.0423399","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27069,"title":"Washington National Cathedral","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27069\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/washington-national-cathedral\/\">Washington National Cathedral<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">3101 Wisconsin Ave <\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9306119,-77.07066939999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27064,"title":"International Spy Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27064\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/international-spy-museum\/\">International Spy Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">800 F St, 8th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.90005300000001,-77.02319899999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27061,"title":"Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27061\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southwest-sw\/activities\/smithsonians-national-air-space-museum\/\">Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Independence Ave at 6th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8875682,-77.0199048","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27033,"title":"The Newseum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27033\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/newseum\/\">The Newseum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">555 Pennsylvania Ave, 6th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.8932178,-77.01911280000002","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27031,"title":"Smithsonian Institution","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27031\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/smithsonian-institution\/\">Smithsonian Institution<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1000 Jefferson Dr<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.9551706,-77.02641169999998","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27029,"title":"Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27029\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/renwick-gallery\/\">Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">Pennsylvania Ave, 17th St<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.89878119999999,-77.03946719999999","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27025,"title":"Freer and Sackler Galleries","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27025\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/southwest-sw\/activities\/freer-sackler-galleries\/\">Freer and Sackler Galleries<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">1050 Independence Ave<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.88794683007276,-77.02641692698364","type":"current","show":1},{"id":27021,"title":"Georgetown Garden Tour","content":"<div class=\"markercontent\" id=\"markercontent-27021\"><h3><a class=\"more\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.indagare.com\/destinations\/north-america\/mid-atlantic_region\/washington-d-c\/northwest-nw\/activities\/georgetown-garden-tour\/\">Georgetown Garden Tour<\/a><\/h3><div class=\"popup-address\">3116 O Street<\/div><\/div>","coordinates":"38.908205,-77.06199500000002","type":"current","show":1}]

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