With nearly twenty galleries in DC, it’s fair to say that the Smithsonians really do have something for everyone (and we know how important that is on a family vacation). Here are our recommendations for what to check out for every member of the family
Young kids will love getting to explore DC’s American Art Museum, located in Gallery Place. Our recommendation? Bring them to see the Edward Hopper paintings, which will expose them to relatable American realist painting that might just get them inspired to try their own hand.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
F St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Bring your adolescents to the National Museum of African American History to see the powerful Slavery and Freedom exhibit. Teenagers enrolled in US History classes will gain a more nuanced understanding of the American story and will have the chance to learn about these significant American events through an important lens.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Take Mom to see an exhibit displaying the works of pioneering female enamelist June Schwarcz. The renowned artist’s exquisitely detailed, evocative works will be shown at a retrospective of her decades-long career at DC’s Renwick Gallery.
1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006
Bring Dad to see this innovative, mind-bending exhibit, which blends together art, history, and parody at DC’s Sackler Gallery. Inspired by the blue-and-white patterned Chinese ceramics from the 17th Century, artist Walter McConnell has replicated the porcelains with his own modern spin. Dad will love getting to learn about the historic element of the Western fascination with Chinese ceramics, paired with a 21st century artist’s take on the craze.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery1050 Independence Avenue, SW
If your grandparents are big history buffs, they’re to bound to love this fascinating educational exhibit at the National Museum of Native American Art. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the diplomacy behind American Indians’ treaties with colonial settlers and gain a new appreciation for early American history.
National Museum of the American Indian
4th St SW & Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560