There are a lot of amazing museums and galleries to visit in Washington, DC, and a staggering sixteen of them are part of the awesome Smithsonian Institution. To help figure out which spots to prioritize during your stay in DC, we previewed some of our favorites.

African American Museum

Last year, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to widespread acclaim. It’s a place built to teach visitors about the rich and diverse African American experience, and the major role it’s played in shaping the United States.

African American Museum. 15th St. and Constitution Ave.

Air and Space Museum

One of the most popular places to bring kids in Washington, DC, the National Air and Space Museum is a must for all aviation lovers. Historic aircrafts and spacecrafts hang from the ceiling, and immersive exhibits take you through the history of flight.

Air and Space Museum. Independence Ave. and 6th St.

Hirshhorn Sculpture Gallery and Museum

The Hirshhorn is a unique, circular building with a gorgeous sculpture garden outside. In the garden, there are sculptures by Aguste Rodin, Jeff Koons, and Yoko Ono. The museum is considered one of the best exhibitors of boundary-pushing contemporary art.

Hirshhorn Sculpture Gallery and Museum. Independence Ave. at 7th St.

Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Gallery showcases influential minds through visual arts, new media, and performing arts. It’s home to the nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, and has a number of fascinating historical and biographical exhibits.

Portrait Gallery. 8th and F streets NW

Smithsonian Gardens

The Smithsonian Gardens charm with gorgeous pathways, various plants and trees, and the magnificent aura of the Smithsonian Castle and other staple buildings nearby. For those tired of museum exhibits and being indoors, stop by one of the many Smithsonian Gardens to wind down your day.

Smithsonian Gardens. Throughout Washington, DC
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