Washington DC Tourism Information

Memorials, Monuments, Museums, and Points of Interest

White House

Open mornings, Tuesday through Saturday (excluding federal holidays). Security clearance is required for all visitors, and congressional offices are required to submit information for anyone requesting a tour. All White House tours are free of charge. For current tour information, please call 202-225-4961.  

The Corcoran Gallery of Art Museum

17th Street and New York Avenue, NW - one block west and south of the White House. The main entrance is on 17th Street. Special needs access is at 1701 E Street, around the corner from the 17th Street entrance. Phone: (202) 639-1700 Metro Stop: Four blocks from the Farragut West station or Farragut North station.

Ford's Theatre & Lincoln Museum

511 10th Street, NW - 10th Street Between E & F Streets. Telephone: (202) 426-6924. Metro Stop: the closest station to the theatre is Metro Center

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Memorial

900 Ohio Drive, S.W., near the Jefferson Memorial and the Potomac River.  There are park rangers available from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except Christmas Day. There are no fees to visit any of the monuments or memorials in the park. Telphone: (202) 426-6841 Information. Metro stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall.

Jefferson Memorial

South bank of the Tidal Basin - At the Swan Boathouse you can rent a paddle boat to cruise on the Basin. The Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Phone: (202) 426-6841

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by park rangers who are available to answer questions and present interpretive themes. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than 360 parks representing our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20242.

Lincoln Memorial

West Potomac Park at the foot of 23rd Street, NW. Telephone: (202) 426-6895. Metro Stop: Foggy Bottom or the Smithsonian Metro stop which comes out near the National Mall.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

1850 West Basin Drive SW. The public may visit 24 hours a day, no reservations or fees are required. Metro Stop: Smithsonian. Telephone: (202) 208-6843

The National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Ave. Tours range from $6-$15 and are free on Sundays. Metro Stop: Tenleytown on the RED line. Telephone:  (202) 537-6200

National Mall and Memorial Parks

The sprawling lands of the National Mall & Memorial Parks include the Mall, the public promenade extending from 3rd Street near the Capitol to 14th Street, including the:

National Mall Walking Tour

Explore the National Mall with this walking tour provided by National Geographic.

National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

1145 17th & M Street.  Exhibits of famous scientific expeditions. Phone: 800 NGS LINE (800 647 5463); 800 548 9797 (TDD).

National Museum of American Jewish Military History

1811 R Street NW. Telephone: (202) 265-6280. Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Dupont Circle. Leave through the Q Street exit. Walk one block north on Connecticut Avenue to R Street. Turn right and walk east two blocks to 18th Street.

National Postal Museum

2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE in the Washington City Post Office Building on Capitol Hill (next to Union Station). Metro: Take Metro's Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be to your left.

The National Zoo

Located in the heart of Northwest Washington, D.C. with several entrances. It is open every day of the week from 8a.m. to 7p.m, except on Christmas. No reservations are required and admittance is free. Metro stop: Woodley Park and Cleveland Park off the RED line. Offices and Visitor Information: (202) 633-4888

Phillips Collection

1600 21st Street, N.W. The Phillips Collection is located in the Dupont Circle area, one-half block off of Massachusetts Avenue on 21st Street, between Q and R Streets. Offices and Visitor information: (202) 387-2151. Metro Stop: RED line of the Metro to the Dupont Circle Station. Exit to Q street. At the top of the escalator, go left on Q street one block to 21st Street. The museum entrance is located halfway up 21st Street on the left.

The Renwick Gallery

Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. The gallery features a constantly changing art collection which focuses primarily on American Artists. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day of the week and admission is free. Tours are offered Monday-Saturday at noon, except on the second Tuesday of every month and federal holidays. Metro Stop: Farragut West on the ORANGE of BLUE line and Farragut North on the RED line. Offices and visitor information: (202) 633-8550

Smithsonian Museums

The entrances to the West Building are located on Constitution Avenue at 6th Street, NW, on Madison Drive at 6th Street, NW, and on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW. The entrance for the East Building is located on 4th Street between Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, NW.

Tidal Basin

A man-made reservoir between the Potomac River, and the focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival every spring. Situated adjusted to several memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial and the MLK Jr. Memorial. Paddle boats are available at the Jefferson Memorial.

United States Botanic Garden

The conservatory and national garden are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily including holidays and admissions are free. Groups of 10 to 15 adults may reserve a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance. To arrange a group tour, email usbgtours@aoc.gov with a request form or call (202) 226-2055. Metro Stop: Capitol South

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Museum is located just south of Independence Ave., SW. between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (formerly 15th St.). There is an entrance also on 14th street, next to the Bureau of Printing & Engraving. Permanent exhibition is recommended for ages 11 and up. Daniel's Story is recommended for ages 8 and up. The visit will take from an 1 1/2 to 3 hours. ONLY the Permanent Exhibition requires a timed entry pass to begin the self-guided tour of the Museum's primary exhibition. Passes are FREE and are NOT required for the Museum's other exhibitions, memorials, resources and facilities. Metro Stop: Smithsonian on the blue or orange lines exit at 12th and Independence Avenue. Telephone: (202) 488-0400.

United States Navy Memorial and Visitors Center

Located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C, 20004-2608. The D.C. Metro's Green and Yellow Line stops at Archives-Navy Memorial, steps from our front door. There is a Motor Coach Drop on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, in front of the U.S. Navy Memorial. The Memorial offers a Concert Hotline at (202) 737-2300 ext. 768 for updated schedules or cancellations due to weather.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Henry Bacon Drive & Constitution Avenue, NW. Metro Stop:  Smithsonian Metro stop comes out on the National Mall. Telephone: (202) 426-6841.

Voice of America

The Voice of America Studio Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at live broadcasting in radio, television, and the Internet in several of the 44 languages used by the VOA. Tours are free to the public, guided with audio and video features, and last 45 minutes. Reservations are recommended but not required. Tours are offered at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voice of America is located at 330 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20237 off of the Federal Center S.W. Metro stop on the Blue and Orange Lines. Phone: (202) 203-4990.

Washington Monument

On the Mall at 15th Street, SW.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available at the booth located on the west side of 15th Street, NW, on the Mall. Advance Tickets (small fee charged):  Ticketmaster:  (DC Metro) 202-432-7328 (Outside DC) 1-800-551-7328. Facilities:  Bookstore, Restrooms, Museum.  Information: (202) 426-6841. Metro stop: Smithsonian

(Updated September 2017)