20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C.
Art Museum of the Americas is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

1. Art Museum of the Americas

7.0
201 18th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Museo d'arte · Northwest Washington · 6 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: All told, a permanent gathering of about 2,000 paintings, sculptures, installation pieces, prints, drawings and photographs are on display. Leggi tutto.

Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

2. Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

701 3rd St NW (at G St.), Washington, D.C.
Museo di storia · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 2 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Today, the Adas Israel congregation is the oldest synagogue structure in Washington and hosts a treasure trove of Jewish historical items specific to the Washington, D.C. area. Leggi tutto.

3. The Women's Equality National Monument

144 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, D.C.
Monumento · Northeast Washington · 1 consiglio

DCistDCist: Until earlier this year known as the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, this Capitol Hill mansion has served as a seat of the women’s suffrage and equal rights movements since 1929. Leggi tutto.

Blind Whino is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

4. Blind Whino

8.4
700 Delaware Avenue SW (at H St SW), Washington, D.C.
Galleria d'arte · Southwest - Waterfront · 9 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: It’s an old Baptist church the congregation abandoned for two decades after moving to new digs. A group of artists found the building and covered it in a vibrant mural. Leggi tutto.

Textile Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

5. Textile Museum

2320 S St NW (23rd St), Washington, D.C.
Museo d'arte · Kalorama · 7 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: This museum is dedicated to rugs, flags, and other pieces of textile art. The museum’s regular collection includes rugs dating back to 3,000 BCE and specializes in pieces from Asia. Leggi tutto.

Anacostia Community Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

6. Anacostia Community Museum

8.6
1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington, D.C.
Museo · Southeast Washington · 5 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Likely the most overlooked of the Smithsonian Institutions, it is also one of the closest things we have to a museum of D.C. history—with a particular emphasis on the neighborhood where it sits. Leggi tutto.

National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

7. National Bonsai and Penjing Museum

8.9
Washington, D.C.
Giardino · National Arboretum · 10 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Yeah, this is exactly what you think it is: a big museum full of 150 of the sickest freaking bonsai trees you will ever see. Ensconced in pagodas, water features, and beautiful Chinese architecture. Leggi tutto.

8. Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

437 7th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Museo di storia · Penn Quarter · 2 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Most people know the short history of Clara Barton: The Civil War nurse who founded the Red Cross. This museum is the office where Barton and a few others helped an estimated 22,000 families reunite. Leggi tutto.

DC Fire & EMS Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

9. DC Fire & EMS Museum

439 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
Museo di storia · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 1 consiglio

DCistDCist: Housed on one floor of a working fire station, there are artifacts from helmets to old-fashioned fire trampolines (or whatever they’re really called). Some of them date back to the 18th century. Leggi tutto.

Laogai Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

10. Laogai Museum

7.2
1734 20th St NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.
Museo di storia · Northwest Washington · 4 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: The Laogai is a brick-and-mortar indictment of China’s long-standing forced labor camps. The museum offers a fascinating, multi-media look at the prison camps that allegedly still operate there today. Leggi tutto.

Marian Koshland Science Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

11. Marian Koshland Science Museum

525 E St NW (at 6th St NW), Washington, D.C.
Musei di scienze · Penn Quarter · 7 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: An Earth Lab, a Life Lab, and an Idea Lab comprise this STEM haven. Interactive games and experiments are the focal point here, with a liberal dose of current events and state-of-the-art tech. Leggi tutto.

The Octagon House is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

12. The Octagon House

1799 New York Ave NW (at E St NW), Washington, D.C.
Struttura · Connecticut Avenue - K Street · 5 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: The Treaty of Ghent, which formally ended the War of 1812, was signed within its walls. A small museum inside the mansion preserves original artifacts. Leggi tutto.

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

13. James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library

908 Charles St (Univ. of Mary Washington), Fredericksburg, VA
Biblioteca universitaria · Downtown Fredericksburg · 3 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Did you know Monroe was a soldier in the American Revolution and was almost killed in the famous Battle of Trenton? And of course that’s to say nothing of the Monroe Doctrine. Leggi tutto.

14. Drug Enforcement Agency Museum

700 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA
Museo · 1 consiglio

DCistDCist: Drug concealment artifacts capture the eye and a detailed photographic history of illegal drugs and the war against them in America provide a rich education. Leggi tutto.

15. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

7.0
105 S Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA
Museo di storia · Old Town · 4 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee used to pop in to this drug store, which boasts a massive collection of antique medical equipment and herbal remedies that were used centuries ago. Leggi tutto.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

16. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

8.3
213 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, MD
Museo di storia · 14 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Their website declares it as being “dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay.” They do it with things like a replica crab-processing plant. Leggi tutto.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

17. National Museum of Civil War Medicine

7.5
48 E Patrick St (N Maxwell Ave), Frederick, MD
Museo di storia · Downtown Frederick · 8 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Lay down your bullet-biting stereotypes and learn a little something. Learn about the ways in which the war incubated the modern hospital and plenty of other medical advances we take for granted. Leggi tutto.

National Capital Trolley Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

18. National Capital Trolley Museum

7.1
1313 Bonifant Rd, Colesville, MD
Museo di storia · 6 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: This is about as interactive as museums get. Visitors can ride preserved streetcars out into the wooded areas around the museum. Trolleys from as far as Belgium and Germany round out the collection. Leggi tutto.

College Park Aviation Museum is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

19. College Park Aviation Museum

7.1
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park, MD
Museo · 9 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Wilbur Wright trained the first army pilots right here, across the street from the University of Maryland campus and six blocks or so from R.J. Bentley’s. Leggi tutto.

National Museum of Health and Medicine is one of 20 of the Best off the Beaten Path Museums in D.C..

20. National Museum of Health and Medicine

7.0
2500 Linden Ln (The Forest Glen Annex), Silver Spring, MD
Museo di storia · 15 consigli e recensioni

DCistDCist: Preserved bodies displaying exotic diseases and other conditions do appear in the collections. There’s plenty more to see, like historical artifacts on vaccinations and wartime medicine. Leggi tutto.