Museums In Washington DC


Talking about museums in Washington DC, the Smithsonian Institution holds an important place in the discussion, as it is the name of the educational foundation which was licensed by Congress in the year 1846 to maintain majority of the country’s official galleries and Museums of Washington DC.

The U.S. government provides partial funds to the Smithsonian, therefore making its collections open to the public without any charge. Among the mist visited museums in Washington of the Smithsonian museums in the year 2007 was the National Museum of Natural History which is situated on the National Mall.

There are so many other famous Smithsonian Institution galleries and museums in Washington DC which are also situated on the national mall which are known as:

The National Air and Space Museum

The National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of American History

The National Museum of the American Indian

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Along with the Washington DC museums, the galleries present on the national mall are:

The Sackler and Freer galleries are famous for Asian art and culture. The other famous places are the Arts and Industries Building, S. Dillon Ripley Center; and the Smithsonian Institution Building which is commonly called as The Castle and is home to the institution's headquarters.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum (formerly known as the National Museum of American Art) and the National Portrait Gallery are located in the same building, the Donald W. Reynolds Center, near Washington's Chinatown. The Reynolds Center is also known as the Old Patent Office Building. The Renwick Gallery is officially part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum but is located in a separate building near the White House. Other Smithsonian museums and galleries include: the Anacostia Community Museum in Southeast Washington; the National Postal Museum near Union Station; and the National Zoo in Woodley Park.

An interesting point to note down while studying about the museums of Washington DC is that The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are often confused with the National Gallery of Art. However the reality is that they all are entirely separate institutions. The National Building Museum is in a building which was formerly known as the Pension Building and is located near Judiciary Square. It was transferred into a private institution to host exhibits on architecture, urban planning, and design by congress.

In addition to the government managed museums in Washington, there are various privately managed art museums in the Washington district of Columbia. The name of the largest privately managed museum in Washington is The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle. It is also one of the primer museums which feature modern art in the United States.