Nine places to visit in DC even when Federal government sites are closed

  1. Dumbarton House

    A spectacular example of Federal style architecture. Built in 1799, it has a fantastic collection of period furniture and decorative arts. It is also home to The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

  2. Dumbarton Oaks Museum

    A part of Harvard University since 1940, This was gifted by Robert Bliss, a six-year Ambassador to Argentina. The Dumbarton Oaks collection reflects the Bliss family’s interests in Pre-Columbian and Byzantine Art.

  3. Folger Shakespeare Library

    Home to the largest Shakespeare collection in the world including 260,000 printed books and 60,000 manuscripts.

  4. National Building Museum

    Focuses on the history of architecture and landscape design and features a collection of 130,000 architectural prints. The gem is its Great Hall, with 75 foot tall Corinthian columns and a 1,200 foot terra cotta frieze.

  5. National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Housed in a beautiful Renaissance Revival Building and features works from the likes of Mary Cassatt, Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, and more than 1,000 women artists.

  6. President Lincoln's Cottage

    President Lincoln spent his summers at this residence and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation here. Additional presidents such as Rutherford B. Hayes and Chester A. Arthur also spent time during their presidencies at the home.

  7. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

    Home to one of the most important private study textile collections in the world and features textiles from five continents and five millennia. In addition, GWU has the Albert H. Small Washingtonia Collection that includes prints, maps, and documents relating to the founding and history of Washington DC.

  8. The Phillips Collection

    Considers itself America’s first museum of modern art and displays works from the likes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mark Rothko, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Vincent van Gogh. 

  9. The Society of the Cincinnati

    The oldest private patriotic organization in the United States whose membership requires ancestry from the Continental Army and Navy. Located in the Anderson House, originally owned by Larz Anderson.