Museums in Washington DC

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Museums in Washington DC

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  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, UK6,854 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As the weather was poor, I decided to visit the museum, and it seemed everyone else had the same idea. As it ws free to enter, not time slots and Spring Break, it was organised chaos when you were inside. I didn't see as much as I wanted to due the vast amount of visitors, a shame really.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Megan
    Corbin, KY11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum was awesome! Don't skip it when in DC! One of the employees told us about Big Bird in the Sky so we came back the next day and my toddler absolutely loved it! My only recommendation is reserve your tickets early because it's one of the few with a ticketed timed entry.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • bj thapa
    Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For art lovers, this is a must-go. It mainly depends upon you about the time it takes to move around. If you love arts more than yourself then even a day or month does not suffice otherwise just two hours or may be an hour is great.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Candi B
    Selah, WA134 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very sober experience. If your time is short or you are unable to get a free ticket, the three short films will give you an overall feel for what the museum is about. Highly recommended for everyone.
    Written April 6, 2024
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  • 2TravelLuvers
    Ponte Vedra Beach, FL802 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is a great balance of somber history, uplifting nostalgia, and hope provided for the future. There are four floors and a three-level concourse. You will need a few hours to properly experience this amazing museum.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • withubby
    Irmo, SC40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum with varying exhibits. It shares space with the American Art Museum. The Amish Quilt Exhibit is fantastic. We did participate in the free docent-lead tour and the lady we had was just beyond excellent. I wish I remembered her name but she is a retired librarian and extremely knowledgeable. There is so much to see here!
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • dlenane78
    Rochester, NH498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can get access to the theatre where Lincoln was shot, plus on the bottom level, there is a “museum” all about Lincoln. I found this very informative and fascinating. Then you get to go across the street to the house where Lincoln died. A lot of history here!!
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Jarrod B
    Dunedin, New Zealand98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are a lot of different areas of interest here. my wife and daughter went in one direction, I went in the other, and we met outside when we were finished LOL. I found the invention, innovation, transport areas very interesting. But, the must do for me is the Pop Culture exhibit. Full of nostalgia, and some pretty cool exhibits.
    We went on Good Friday afternoon and found the museum was fairly quiet. I don't know if this is normal, but it was easy to get around and see the things I wanted to see. The Star Spangled Banner exhibit is really nice.
    Written March 30, 2024
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  • burtw
    Memphis, TN196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a wonderful place to spend the day. While not as overwhelmingly grandiose as places like Biltmore House and Hearst Castle, it is equally impressive in its own right. The staff of volunteers and hosts are helpful, know a great deal about the house, gardens, amazing collections and Marjorie Post as a person. We tagged on to one of the docent-led house tours and learned a great deal framed by insights about how Ms. Post lived life. We were amused to hear about her love for square dancing and how they would rearrange the valuable furnishings to make room for the dancing! The gardens were lovely since we were there when the tulips, azaleas, and other flowering shrubs were at their prime. Enjoyed a delicious meal at the on-site cafe. If you are a per lover, don't miss the pet cemetery.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Zee S
    Naples, FL72 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The only disappointment was not enough cool gaggets for the kids. Overall great experience. Friendly staff and will truly test your memory. Pay attention to everything!
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Cassie S
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is amazing. But there are pros and cons.

    Pros:
    •Has the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the deed to the staute of liberty.
    •It's great.
    •It's free.

    Cons:
    •It's tiny, only has 2 open exhibits, (The rights exhibit and the Declaration of independence exhibit)
    •It under construction (2 exhibits are closed)
    •Seeing the Declaration of independence is like a buffet line.
    Written March 9, 2024
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  • Enrique G
    Mexico City, Mexico20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can see a lot of history of the Bible and learn why it is so important to many cultures and countries. You really learn things you didn't know.
    Written April 8, 2024
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  • Urban Explorer
    Toronto, Canada291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes yes we know about the magnificent collection: A Van Gogh here, Renoir, El Greco, a Diebenkorn, one half of the Jacob Lawrence Migration series (the other half lives at MOMA) and much much more. Because in the old days people who made millions upon millions bought art…and eventually made it available to the rest of us as a museum. And it’s lucky for us they did because it’s a terrific memorable collection.

    But what you shouldn’t miss is the cafe. I usually stay away from these museum cafes but the food was excellent and the coffee robust. Fairly reasonable considering it’s a museum (pricey but not absurd). The cup of squash soup was bursting with flavour, had a bit of kick, and came with a generous slab of rustic bread. Held us over until dinner.

    Altogether worth visiting on every trip to DC.
    The cafe too!
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • lmr1
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located across the street from Union Station, this was a good place to spend time between hotel checkout and train schedule. Union Station has a baggage storage area where you can leave your suitcase (for a fee). I think kids would enjoy this. And, if you’re into baseball, there’s exhibits about that, which was unexpected. Helpful note: there’s a phone charging kiosk near the escalator to the basement exhibits.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Robert D
    Brooklyn, New York2,743 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are both housed in the old Patent Office building. In SAAM, there were many interesting exhibits, both permanent and temporary. The exhibits give a broad picture of American art from the colonial period until the 21st century.
    Written January 4, 2024
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