Courthouse · Northeast Washington · 47 tips and reviews
HISTORY: After the federal government was established in Washington, the court was housed in a basement room in the US Capitol until 1929, when Chief Justice Taft argued successfully for their own building.
101 Independence Ave SE (btwn 1st & 2nd St SE), Washington, D.C.
Library · Southeast Washington · 147 tips and reviews
HISTORY: Created in 1800 the library is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution & the largest library in the world. In 1815 Thomas Jefferson sold his entire personal collection of books to the library
1000 Constitution Ave NW (at 10th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Science Museum · Northwest Washington · 328 tips and reviews
HISTORY: The Smithsonian Institution was founded for the "increase and diffusion" of knowledge from a bequest to the United States by the British scientist James Smithson, who had never visited the US himself.
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW (btwn Constitution Ave NW & Independence Ave SW), Washington, D.C.
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 344 tips and reviews
HISTORY: Construction began in 1914, and the memorial was opened to the public in 1922. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd by the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 .
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 110 tips and reviews
HISTORY: President Roosevelt asked the Commission of Fine Arts about the possibility of erecting a memorial to Thomas Jefferson. Construction went from 1938-43, & Roosevelt laid the first cornerstone himself.
Monument / Landmark · Southwest Washington · 260 tips and reviews
HISTORY: The Washington Monument was formally dedicated on February 22, 1885, and at the time of its construction, it was the tallest building in the world; it remains the tallest stone structure in the world.