Monuments, Memorials and Museums

Old Post Office

The Old Post Office Pavilion is a historic building located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Completed in 1899, it was used as the city’s main post office until 1914. Used primarily as an office building afterward, it was nearly torn down during the construction of the Federal Triangle complex in the 1920s. It was nearly…

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Newseum

Newseum

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum features 15 theaters and 14 galleries. The Newseum’s Berlin Wall Gallery includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. The Today’s Front Pages Gallery presents daily front pages from more…

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Canadian Embassy

Canadian Embassy

Arthur Erickson’s combination of modernism and neoclassicism evokes I.M. Pei’s design for the National Gallery of Art’s East Building across Pennsylvania Avenue. The new building was designed by British Columbia architect Arthur Erickson. This decision generated some controversy as Erickson was handpicked by his friend, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, but the building itself was much…

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

The statue honors American Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It sits at the base of Capitol Hill, below the west front of the US Capitol. Its sculpture of Grant on horseback faces west, over the Capitol Reflecting Pool and toward the Lincoln Memorial, which honors Grant’s wartime president, Abraham Lincoln. The…

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US Botanic Garden

US Botanic Garden

The US Botanic Garden (USBG) is is the oldest continually operating botanic garden in the United States, and located on the grounds of the United States Capitol, near Garfield Circle. The Botanic Garden is supervised by the Congress through the Architect of the Capitol, who is responsible for maintaining the grounds of the United States Capitol. The USBG is open every day…

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American Indian Museum

American Indian Museum

The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. It opened on September 21, 2004.  The present collections was first assembled in the former Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which was established in 1916, and  became part…

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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are located on the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of the United States Congress.  The Gallery’s collection of paintings,…

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Air and Space Museum

Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM)) of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world.  It was established in 1946, as the National Air Museum and opened its main building in 1976. It is a center for research into the history and science of aviation and spaceflight, as well as science and terrestrial geology and geophysics. Almost all space…

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American History Museum

American History Museum

The National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center is part of the Smithsonian Institution and located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.  The museum collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker‘s chair.…

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US Capitol

United States Capitol

The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the U.S. federal government. Located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though it has never been the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol is the origin by…

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