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Matthew B. Gilmore

Washington DC Museums – A concise, complete list – updated – January 2020

[Update of June 2017 version] 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 National Historic Site | 1411 W St SE, Washington, DC

National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University (formerly 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: 700 L’Enfant Plaza, SW  Washington, DC 20024

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 Capital Jewish Museum (formerly Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum) — Closed for construction of new building

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

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

Museum of the Bible | 400 4th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024

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 Building Museum’s exhibitions are temporarily closed until March 2020

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 | Buildings 70 and 76, Washington Navy Yard, DC 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

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 (Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument) | 144 Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002-5608

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

National Museum of American Diplomacy (was U.S. Diplomacy Center) (opens in 2022)

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



  • Frederick Douglass Museum: 320 A Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002
  • Marian Koshland Science Museum: 525 E Street, NW Washington, DC  20001
  • Newseum — Newseum closed its doors on Pennsylvania Avenue on Dec. 31, 2019. The Freedom Forum hopes to find a suitable location to serve as the Newseum’s next home but that process will take time.


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