Comprised of 19 galleries and museums that are only 10 minutes from the Comfort Inn Arlington at Ballston, the Smithsonian delivers an unparalleled experience. Get your fill of outer space at the Air & Space Museum. Learn about the beginnings of everything from people and insects to fish and plants at the Natural History Museum. Enjoy paintings of every single United States president at the Portrait Gallery. And explore contemporary and traditional works at the African Art Museum.
Admission to Smithsonian Museums and Galleries is FREE.
Hours vary by museum, but most are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Smithsonian Craft Show
Hawaiian Cultural Festival
What exhibitions can I see at the National Portrait Gallery?
Current exhibitions include “The Four Justices” and “Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals.” You’ll be able to see the former through October 16, 2016 and the latter until May 8, 2016. As for the permanent exhibitions, they range from “American Origins 1600-1900” to “Contemporary Americans.”
Are there must-see exhibits at the National Museum of Natural History?
You’ll want to stop by the Gems and Minerals exhibit where the Hope Diamond and Dom Pedro Aquamarine are the star attractions. Check out the Insect Zoo, which is home to a bevy of butterflies and unique plants. And be sure to make time for Ocean Hall’s live coral reef.