Washington DC is more than a capital city. It serves as a gateway through which visitors can explore what it truly means to be American. With over 100 museums open to visitors, DC presents the opportunity for visitors to delve into the evolution of the United States from inception to what she is today. visitors can take advantage of their time I'm the US cultural center by visiting some of these world-class museums.
Here's our pick for museums to visit in Washington DC
Library of Congress
Located on the capitol hill in DC, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. The library was established in 1800 by president John Adams and today plays home to over 38 million books and millions of other items including recordings, photographs, map, and other uncategorised items. Entry into the Library of Congress is free and in addition to library history, visitors are treated to exceptionally beautiful interiors and exquisite exhibitions. Make sure to visit the Thomas Jefferson building to feed your eyes with its magnificent 19th-century architecture.
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National Air and Space Museum
Established in 1946, the National Air and Space Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world. As the name implies, the museum is dedicated to air and space travel including the astronauts and pilots who had an impact in this field. The museum houses the Apollo II Module; the only part from the three-part complete Apollo spacecraft that landed on the moon. The museum also contains the original Wright Flyer, the first successful flight of a heavier-than-air powered flying machine. This pioneered modern aeronautical engineering! Visitors are also be able to see and touch a real-life lunar rock.
The Museum of the Bible
This is one of the newest museums in the DC area. The museum was opened in 2017 and for ticket prices between $9-$25, visitors can experience over 3000 items spread over 3 floors namely; the History of the Bible, Stories of the Bible and Impact of the Bible floors. The History of the Bible floor allows visitors to explore the history of the Bible through hundreds of artifacts, manuscripts, printed Bibles and books like Ancient papyrus fragments of the New Testament, the Walter and some pages of the Gutenberg Bible. The Impact of the Bible floor, on the other hand, enlightens visitors on areas where the Bible had influence including Science, Art, Government and American culture.
National Museum of African American History and culture
Unveiled in 2016 by then US president Barrack Obama, the National Museum of African American History and culture is the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institute. With over 36,000 artifacts, it is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture.
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National Spy Museum
Have you ever dreamt of being a spy? Let's say a James Bond or Mission Impossible's Ethan Hunt? Well, you're in luck! The National Spy Museum allows visitors to experience what it feels like to be a spy, through it's state of the art exhibitions. These exhibitions allows visitors to participate in the secret world of espionage. Visitors also have the opportunity to view exhibitions showcasing spy gear which you'd only normally see in movies. Admission fees costs between $14-$21.