Newseum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

1. Newseum

9.4
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 6th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 291 tips and reviews

JB F.JB Faby: One of the best museums I have ever visited. When you purchase a ticket, you have 2 days of visit (which I did). Really worth your money. Students discounts available as well as military , children an

Michelin Travel & LifestyleMichelin Travel & Lifestyle: See the door that led to Nixon's resignation at the Newseum and visit the exclusive Watergate complex of shops and condominiums in Foggy Bottom. -- Green Guide Editor

M Squared Real EstateM Squared Real Estate: One of the top destinations in DC. Plan on spending the day, if you get tired, here are numerous small theaters showing films where you can rest your weary feet.

National Archives and Records Administration is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

2. National Archives and Records Administration

9.0
700 Pennsylvania Ave NW (at 7th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Federal Triangle · 144 tips and reviews

Melinda J.Melinda Jackson: I love this museum but it was a 45 min wait every time we went by on 4th of July weekend.

C-SPANC-SPAN: Watch this video about the recently displayed Nuremburg Laws. Read more.

HISTORYHISTORY: Congress established the National Archives Establishment in 1934 to centralize federal record keeping & holds Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights & a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

3. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

8.7
E Capitol Cir (at E Capitol St), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Northeast Washington · 61 tips and reviews

HarjitHarjit: Staff are very helpful and courteous. The guided tours are well done and well organized. They provide headphones so you can hear the guide speak.

Emily Y.Emily Yeager: Ask your Congressman or woman for a tour & don't try to bring in any food or beverages (not even empty bottles are allowed)!

C-SPANC-SPAN: Approved to be built in 2001. Cost was $621 million. Opened in December 2008. 580,000 sq. ft. (larger than the Capitol itself).

The Kreeger Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

4. The Kreeger Museum

8.6
2401 Foxhall Rd NW, Washington, D.C.
Museum · Foxhall-Palisades · 8 tips and reviews

Scott J.Scott Johnston: Nice size and not crowded. Building really nicely designed to show off the paintings and especially the sculptures outdoors.

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Designed by Philip Johnson in 1963, this petite gallery is as captivating as the Impressionist and Modernist works it contains (paintings by Cézann, and Braque, plus sculptures by Calder and Rodin).

James M.James Mersol: I highly recommend taking a guided tour - it made me appreciate how much this small museum really has to offer!

National Building Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

5. National Building Museum

8.4
401 F St NW (at 5th St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 99 tips and reviews

ElizabethElizabeth: What a gem! Two great spaces for the kids and lots of interesting exhibits for the adults. Each summer they roll out something unique as well.

Jerry J.Jerry Jay👊🏾Roc: I absolutely love the bldg!

M Squared Real EstateM Squared Real Estate: This building has one of the best interior rooms in DC, if not the country. Anyone interested in the architecture of Washington DC should visit.

National Geographic Society is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

6. National Geographic Society

8.5
1145 17th St NW (at M St. NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 19 tips and reviews

Holly M.Holly Mabery: The gift shop in the museum is incredible. Great books!

Chad D.Chad Davis: Nice place to hang out while you're waiting to meet someone.

CalebCaleb: Stay away from the bat cave. It smells and there's no light to be found. Ignore the 'free' pizza.

National Geographic Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

7. National Geographic Museum

8.0
1145 17th St NW (at Sumner Row NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 43 tips and reviews

Rice L.Rice Liu: The nat geo museum is worth every penny. its the most detailed, interactive, and interesting museum I've been to yet!

HISTORYHISTORY: The National Geographic Society formed in 1888 for the advancement and diffusion of geographical knowledge. You'll find artifacts ranging from expeditions to temporary exhibits on the world's cultures

ArmieArmie: Always something to be learned

International Spy Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

8. International Spy Museum

8.1
800 F St NW (9th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Penn Quarter · 200 tips and reviews

Dirty B.Dirty Bird: Fantastic museum that's worth the price

Travel ChannelTravel Channel: Investigate over 200 spy gadgets: bugs, invisible-ink writing kits, camera-carrying pigeons, pistols disguised as lipstick holders, shoe phones and poison-tipped umbrellas. Read more.

Alex P.Alex Priest: Be sneaky ;-)

Anacostia Community Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

9. Anacostia Community Museum

7.9
1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, D.C.
Museum · Southeast Washington · 4 tips and reviews

Gloria K.Gloria Keaton: The recently opened bead exhibit is a must see. The South African women artist are showcasing their artistic endeavors.

Tavon ..Tavon .: Awesome reflection of the community. Come often since they change themes often.

DCistDCist: Likely the most overlooked of the Smithsonian Institutions, it is also one of the closest things we have to a museum of D.C. history—with a particular emphasis on the neighborhood where it sits. Read more.

The Wright Brothers is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

10. The Wright Brothers

7.9
Washington, D.C.
Museum · Southwest Washington · 2 tips and reviews

Louis K.Louis Klieger: Don't forget: less than 70 years separates the Wright Flyer from Apollo 11.

Jennifer R.Jennifer Racila: It was great

Madame Tussauds is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

11. Madame Tussauds

7.8
1001 F St NW (at 10th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 48 tips and reviews

Caroline K.Caroline Kimani: Always wanted to visit never got a chance but glad i finally did it was alot of fun. Very different from Hollywood and Vegas loved the historical figures and the Presidents' gallery. Must see in DC.

Washington BladeWashington Blade: Ever want to shake hands with the President, how about all of the Presidents? You can find wax figures of almost every important American political figure here!

AllieAllie: Don't expect too many stars, mostly political figures.

Smithsonian Institution is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

12. Smithsonian Institution

7.2
750 9th St, Washington, D.C.
Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 2 tips and reviews

Shermans TravelShermans Travel: It would take eons to tour it all, so choose a few attractions for kids that are primed for sparking even the littlest travelers’ imaginations. The National Air and Space Museum is a must. Read more.

Louise S.Louise Santeramo: Visit the museum if Mercian History

National Museum of African American History and Culture is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

13. National Museum of African American History and Culture

9.5
1400 Constitution Ave NW (btwn 12th & 14th St NW), Washington, D.C.
History Museum · Northwest Washington · 91 tips and reviews

Christina C.Christina Chin: Amazing museum, well designed. Like the lower fls but its so depressing to see. Reflecting pool is nice place to reenergize. Food great, get the fried chicken and potato salad side, skip mac n chse

The White HouseThe White House: President Obama delivered remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Read more.

4sqSU USA4sqSU USA: Officially opened by President Barack Obama on September 24th, 2016.

National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

14. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum

8.3
Washington, D.C.
Garden · National Arboretum · 8 tips and reviews

DCistDCist: Yeah, this is exactly what you think it is: a big museum full of 150 of the sickest freaking bonsai trees you will ever see. Ensconced in pagodas, water features, and beautiful Chinese architecture. Read more.

MelodyMelody: Absolutely stunning and tranquil place to visit! Getting there by public transportation is doable but once inside it would best to have a vehicle as the place is 446 acres.

Emma M.Emma McTague: The whole place is impressive. Worth taking your time in.

National Museum of Women in the Arts is one of The 15 Best Museums in Washington.

15. National Museum of Women in the Arts

8.5
1250 New York Ave NW (at 13th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Art Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 28 tips and reviews

Holly K.Holly Kincaid: Wonderful collection, helpful staff and an artistic gem not to be missed.

Lauren M.Lauren Masterson: This place has nice tables. Oaken, rich, sensual qualities that harken back to the age of pure craftsmanship. Ron Swanson would be proud.

Cory C.Cory Churches: check out the installation of sculpture along NY Ave Read more.