Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum -All things pertaining to flight is what you'll find at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Home to the largest collection of airplanes and spacecraft in the world, the museum boasts such iconic pieces as the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum -The museum's permanent exhibition is known simply as "The Holocaust." Covering three floors, it tells the harrowing story of what happened to Europe's Jewish population during World War II via hundreds of artifacts. There are also historic film clips and eyewitness testimonies that are shown in the museum's theaters and on multiple video monitors.
Newseum -News junkies will have a field day at the Newseum. The interactive, utterly high-tech museum touches all the bases, including the history of news, photojournalism, electronic news, and how important events have been seen through the eyes of the media. Stop by the TV studios where aspiring broadcast journalists can do a simulated newscast.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens -The fascinating life of George Washington and his family can be learned about in detail at his 500-acre Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens. Explore the 14-room mansion that boasts many original items from the mid-18th century as well as other buildings, like the kitchen and slave quarters. A highlight is the absolutely gorgeous gardens.
Folger Shakespeare Library -Folger Shakespeare Library There's no better place to brush up on your Shakespeare than the Folger Shakespeare Library. Located on Capitol Hill, the Library houses the world's largest collection of the Bard's materials, including his world-renowned plays and sonnets. The Library is also a repository of Renaissance-era works of art, manuscripts, and rare books.
National Gallery of Art -To see one of the world's finest collections of artwork, one must plan to spend some serious quality time at the National Gallery of Art. Covering the Middle Ages to today, the artwork ranges from sculptures and paintings to decorative arts and works on paper. The Gallery's extensive collection features more than 100,000 pieces.
The Phillips Collection
"History in the Making: 100 Years After the Armory Show"
Experience the centennial celebration of New York's controversial 1913 Armory Show, the first major modern art exhibition in the U.S. August 1st, 2013 - December 31st, 2013.
National Air and Space Museum
"High Art: A Decade of Collecting"
Includes 50 works acquired by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum from 2003 to 2013. Until December 31, 2013.
National Portrait Gallery"Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography"
See the pioneering work of Charles R. Meade and Henry W. M. Meade, well-respected American studio photographers. June 14, 2013 - June 1, 2014
Smithsonian American Art Museum"A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum"
Over 110 photographs are featured by such renowned photographers as Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, and Irving Penn. June 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Renwick Gallery"Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby"
Learn about the techniques used by ceramicist Wayne Higby, including his innovative work in raku earthenware. October 4, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden"Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950"
Explore the concept of destruction in international contemporary visual culture at this unique exhibit. October 24, 2013 - February 9, 2014