D.C. is a fantastic destination for those who love visiting museums, as the city has around 200 different ones. While you won’t have time to explore them all in one trip, there are some that definitely should not be missed, so take a look at OROGOLD’s list of must see museums in D.C. to find out exactly which ones they are.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the most popular museum in D.C among families, so is a great one to visit if you are in the capital with your children. The exhibits manage to appeal to all ages, from the giant elephant welcoming visitors in the foyer to the dinosaur exhibits to the Family Hall of Mammals, although the Discovery Room is usually a favorite among the children, as it is quite hands-on. One of OROGOLD’s favorite things to do at this museum is to catch a couple of films at the IMAX theater, all of which contain breathtaking scenery and cinematography, and, again, is something that the whole family would most definitely appreciate.
The Newseum is quite a unique museum, in that they use high-tech and interactive displays and exhibits to document the history of news reporting from the 16th Century to today. Located in between the White House and the U.S Capitol, the exhibits are spread out between six levels. OROGOLD recommends allowing at least four hours to properly explore the museum, as many of the displays are truly fascinating, but, if you don’t have that time to spare, there are a few displays that you should definitely not miss. The Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery displays award-winning images dating all the way back to 1940, while the 9/11 gallery takes a look at how the media responded to the tragic event. The museum also has 15 theaters, including an immersive 4D experience, where you can watch hours upon hours of historic footage.
International Spy Museum
This is another museum that is unique to D.C, and unlike any other in the United States, is a must for all of you cloak and dagger fans out there. The museum chronicles everything that you could imagine related to spies, from detailed exhibits of communication and eavesdropping devices to a display of invisible inks. There are so many gadgets displayed throughout the museum, with the museum containing the largest display of espionage artifacts in the world. Focusing on human intelligence and the role that spies have played throughout history, this is a fascinating museum that makes the admission fee well worth the price. The museum also hosts a variety of events and seminars, so do check these on their website in advance as there may be something of particular interest to you.
Since all of these museums are popular ones in D.C, OROGOLD advises that you either arrive early in the morning to purchase your tickets, or you buy them online in advance in order to skip the queues on the day.