Washington Area Museums

For museum lovers, Washington, DC is an excellent destination for a visit.  In addition to eleven Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall, other museums easily reachable from the Mayflower Hotel (the symposium headquarters) include the Renwick Gallery, National Building Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Newseum, the Holocaust Museum, and the Phillips Collection (to mention only a few).   Along with museums, Washington has federal facilities with free access and exhibits such as U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Library of Congress and the National Archives, in addition to outdoor sculptures and memorials such as the Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam Veteran’s, and Martin Luther King memorials.   Cultural venues include the Kennedy Center and many other performing arts venues such as Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Theatre J.  Washington’s many museums frequently host music performances.

Below, you’ll find ‘snapshots’ of some of Washington’s many museums (please check periodically as we will be updating the below list).

Linnea Hamer, Docent, Kreeger Museum and Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Kreeger Museum is one of Washington, DC’s must-see smaller museums. The building, designed by renowned modernist architect Philip Johnson in 1963 and completed in 1967, was the residence of Carmen and David Kreeger before opening as a museum in 1994. The collection encompasses 19th and 20th century paintings and sculpture, in addition to outstanding examples of traditional African and Asian art. Surrounded by a five-acre Sculpture Garden, The Kreeger Museum offers an inviting respite from the bustle of downtown Washington, DC.  Located in Northwest Washington, DC at 2401 Foxhall Road, the museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-4pm and docent-led tours are offered daily.  Admission is waived for museum professionals and volunteers.  

David Weisz, Docent, Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Renwick Gallery, located just steps from the White House, has long been one of Washington's "hidden gems," but it is "hidden" no longer. Since re-opening in 2015 after a two-year renovation, this National Historic Landmark has hosted a number of spectacular and very popular exhibitions.

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