Today, 18th May, we celebrate International Museum Day. Museums are more than places where objects are exhibited and conserved. They are houses of knowledge that make us aware of the history, civilization, culture, religious practices, lifestyle, architecture, and art of the country.
Here are the top 5 museums in Washington D.C.!
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Delve into the fascinating story of our planet, from its fiery beginnings through billions of years of transformation, and explore life on Earth through exhibitions in the world's most popular natural history museum. The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington. The museum is larger than 18 football fields and is home to the largest natural history collection in the world.
Admission is free to the museum and programs and you can plan your visit here.
National Portrait Gallery
If you are struggling to find your own inspiration, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery could change that. The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968, it is part of the Smithsonian Institution. It tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
Entry to the Gallery is free, so take this chance and visit soon! You can find more information here, on their website.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. . With more than 8 million visitors a year, it is the most visited museum in the country.
Space lovers will get an unbeatable museum experience for free. Check their exhibitions here.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Located in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is a national institution for the documentation, study and serves as the national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. About the museum you can read this article, or check the museums website.
Since the Holocaus is an extremely important event in history and we must do everything to prevent it from happening in the future, this museum has to be on your list.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Here not only Americans, but everyone can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American lives and experiences.
Here you can check the events in the museum and visit today.
Happy International Museum Day! Tell us how you will celebrate.