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If you love losing yourself in museums, Washington, D.C. is your town. From the White House to the Smithsonian, you have more than 80 amazing options.
When you hear the name “Smithsonian,” often what comes to mind is the red, castle-like structure on the National Mall. And you aren’t wrong, but the Smithsonian Institution is a complex consisting of 17 different museums and galleries – and even a zoo. You can experience historic space and aviation artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum and partner Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center or explore 126 million specimens and artifacts from the immense National Museum of Natural History. You can learn more about African American history at the National Museum of African American History and Culture and explore the world’s largest collection of Native American artifacts, photographs, and media at the National Museum of the American Indian. Their art museums will enthrall you, and a trip to The Castle cannot be missed.
Of course, the museums in D.C. are not limited to the ones found at the Smithsonian. Places like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Building Museum, the National Geographic Museum, the Museum of the Bible, and the International Spy Museum always draw crowds.
On your visit to DC, be sure to visit the National Building Museum – the premier destination for everything you'd want to know about design, architecture, engineering, construction, and urban planning.
The structure itself is made of brick and was completed in 1887 as the Pension Bureau. It was designed by Montgomery C. Meigs.
Drive in from nearby cities like Falls Church or Lanham and spend some time exploring the National Building Museum. Stand in awe of the 75 feet tall Corinthian columns.
Take a quick spin around the National Building Museum Shop and pick up a few knick-nacks your friends back home. It should be noted, the National Building Museum once won the Vincent Scully Prize which "honors exemplary practice, scholarship, and criticism of architecture."
Opened in 1993, the National Postal Museum is located opposite Union Station, and is yet another iconic and sterling example of memorializing American history. It's a short drive or metro ride from downtown. Explore the museum and find an array of impressive and interactive exhibits, each detailing the history of the U.S. Postal Service. There are also displays detailing mail delivery services from around the world.
Stamp collectors often enjoy visit the National Postal Museum – enjoy a wide ranging collection of stamps on display during your visit. Keep an eye out for the Mail-carrying stagecoach at the National Postal Museum, a 1:1 replica. They even have an air-mail plane anchored from the ceiling. Don't miss this premier DC-area attraction.
One of the most visited memorials in Washington DC, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is an iconic and important attraction – an ideal destination on your next visit into DC.
Opened to the public in 1993, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has seen more than 30 million visitors pass through it's doors. Visit soon and help add to those numbers.
Inside the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum you'll have viewing access to nearly 13,000 artifacts, 80,000 historical photos, 9,000 oral history testimonies, and nearly 49 million pages of archival documents.
Plan a day trip to the National Mall and spend some quality time in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum – drive in from Mclean or Woodbridge.