Top Washington, DC tourist attractions still open


Published October 07, 2013


Top Washington, DC tourist attractions still open

Top Washington, DC tourist attractions still open

Who needs the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo?

The Newseum

Learn about the process of news gathering  at The Newseum, where each of the museum’s seven levels is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news  is covered and impacts us.   

Admission: $21.95 for adults

The Crime Museum

Be a crime solver at The Crime Museum that includes a crime lab, filming studios for “America's Most Wanted”, a simulated shooting range, high-speed police-chase, and hundreds of interactives and artifacts pertaining to America’s most famous criminals.  

Admission: $18 for adults

The International Spy Museum

See if you have what it takes to be a spy at The International Spy Museum, where you adopt a cover identity, can see an exhibit on James Bond villains, or step into a fictional country on a top-secret mission. 

Admission: $20.95 for adults

Mount Vernon

Time travel back to George Washington’s time at his Mount Vernon  home.  This presidential home —unlike many others -- is privately funded.  The Mt. Vernon Ladies’ Association pays the bills, so the doors are open, including access to the farm compete with animals and gardens.

Admission: $17 for adults

WalkingTown DC 

Take a free tour with WalkingTown DC  of a District of Columbia neighborhood under the auspices of Cultural Tourism DC. Check out historic markers, diverse architecture and multiple ethnic groups in the city’s varied neighborhoods

Admission: Free

National Geographic Museum

Explore the World at the National Geographic  Museum with interactive experiences and  photography exhibitions featuring the work of National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists.

Admission: $11 for adults

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Be inspired at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which is chock-a-block with work by 19th and 20th century American and European artists.  You can also see contemporary art, along with photography, and decorative art.  Use the family guide when visiting with younger kids. 

Admission: $10

The National Building Museum

Check out the Family Tool Kit at The  National Building Museum and discover what makes a house a home.  Learn about creating architectural design or practice with construction tools. 

Admission: $8

The Kennedy Center

Take in a performance at The Kennedy Center.  While the government pays for the building’s upkeep, private donations pay for performances.  So shows will continue.  

Admission: various

Ford’s Theatre

While performances have been suspended, the walking tour, Investigation: Detective McDevitt, will continue. This walking tour of downtown D.C. is led by an actor portraying Detective James McDevitt, who was on duty the night of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the conspiracies around his death.  

Admission: $12