Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

Museums in Washington DC – 2019 – Spring update (and a list of ALL D.C.’s museums)

May 12, 2019 is the re-opening of the International Spy Museum.

Anacostia Museum closed for renovation
http://anacostia.si.edu/ “Anacostia Community Museum Closes for Renovation–Museum Will Be Closed March 15 Through Mid–October; Continues Programs Off-site”

National Law Enforcement Museum has been in the news — facing financial challenges

Construction of the new Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum is underway–
https://www.jhsgw.org/about-us/new-museum-faqs — the 1876 Adas Israel Synagogue moved again

Newseum is leaving its Pennsylvania Avenue site, however “…the Newseum will remain open to the public through 2019” according to its website.

Washington DC Museums – A concise, complete list – updated (March 2019)

Below is the list of all museums (and art galleries) in the District of Columbia. If available a website, twitter account, and online calendar are listed. [Note: libraries with exhibition spaces have not been included, nor have historic sites without exhibits.] [This list is much more accurate than this: https://matthewbgilmore.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/just-how-many-museums-are-there-in-washington-dc/]

There are three sections:

  • Museums,
  • Art Galleries, and
  • Smithsonian Museums


African American Civil War Museum | 1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington, DC 20001

American Poetry Museum | 716 Monroe Street NE Studio #25 Washington, DC 20017

Anderson House-Society of the Cincinnati | 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives | 1201 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 (updated link below-2019)

Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office | 437 7th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004

DAR Museum | 1776 D Street NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Decatur House | 1610 H Street, NW

Diplomatic Reception Rooms | U.S. Department of State M/FA, Room 8213 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520

Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America | 2715 Q Street NW • Washington, DC 20007-3071

Dumbarton Oaks Museum | 1703 32nd Street, NW Washington, DC 20007

Ford’s Theatre | 511 10th St, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Frederick Douglass Museum: 320 A Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site | 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC

Gallaudet University Museum | 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002

GAHM | German-American Heritage Museum • 719 Sixth Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001

Heurich House Museum: 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens: 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

U.S. Department of the Interior Interior Museum | 1849 C Street, NW (MS 1361) Washington, DC 20240

International Spy Museum: 800 F Street, NW  Washington, DC 20004

L. Ron Hubbard – Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC | 1812 19th Street NW Washington, DC

Laogai Museum | 1901 18th Street NW Washington DC

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum | Corner of Third & G Streets, NW Washington, D.C. 20001

Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C | 1001 F Street NW (Corner of 10th and F Street) Washington D.C. 20004

Marian Koshland Science Museum: 525 E Street, NW Washington, DC  20001

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House | 1318 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Museum of the Bible (due to open in 2017)

National Archives Museum | Constitution Ave. NW [between 7th & 9th St.] Washington, DC 20408

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum | United States National Arboretum 3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002-1958

National Building Museum: 401 F Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001

National Geographic Museum: 1145 17th Street, NW (17th and M) Washington, DC 20036

National Guard Memorial Museum: 1 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20001

National Museum of American Jewish Military History: 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

National Museum of the U.S. Navy | Washington Navy Yard 805 Kidder Breese Street SE  Washington, DC 20374-5060

National Museum of Women in the Arts | 1250 New York Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005

National Society United States Daughters of 1812 – 1812 Museum | 1463 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Newseum | 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001

The Octagon Museum | 1799 New York Ave NW

President Lincoln’s Cottage |  intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW

House of the Temple – headquarters of the Supreme Council, 33°, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, USA | 1733 16th St. NW  •  Washington, DC  20009-3103

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum | 144 Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002-5608

Tudor Place | 1644 31st Street NW · Washington DC 20007

U.S. Diplomacy Center (opens in 2020)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum | 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126

Woman’s National Democratic Club | 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20036 (Whittemore house)

Woodrow Wilson House | 2340 S Street, NW · Washington, DC 20008


American University Museum (AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center):  4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016 / 202-885-1300


AMA | Art Museum of the Americas | 201 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Fondo Del Sol | 2112 R St NW Washington DC

George Washington University Art Gallery (Luther W. Brady Art Gallery) 805 21st Street, NW.

Georgetown University Art Galleries

Howard University Gallery of Art *

The Kreeger Museum:

National Gallery of Art

The Phillips Collection: 1600 21st St NW Washington, DC

African American History and Culture Museum — opens September 24, 2016

African Art Museum | 950 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20560

Air and Space Museum | Independence Ave at 6th St, SW Washington, DC 20560

American Art Museum | 8th and F Streets, NW Washington, DC 20004

American Art Museum – Renwick Museum | Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20006 – Reopens November 13, 2015

American History Museum | 1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC

American Indian Museum | 4th Street & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20560

Anacostia Community Museum | 1901 Fort Place, SE Washington, DC

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery | 1050 Independence Ave., SW Washington, DC

Freer Gallery of Art – Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden | Independence Ave. at 7th St., SW Washington, DC

Natural History Museum | 10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC

Portrait Gallery | 8th and F Sts., NW Washington, DC

Postal Museum | 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE Washington, DC

Renwick Gallery – see American Art Museum – Renwick Museum

Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle | 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC

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This entry was posted on March 29, 2019 by in Art galleries, history museums, International Spy Museum, Museums, Smithsonian.
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