Even if you live or go to school in Washington, DC, make the time to visit some of the most popular museums in the world. Some of them are very emotional like the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and some of them are very fun such as the Newseum. No matter how much you are familiarized with culture, art and history, these locations will spark your interest, and you will learn a lot of valuable information.
Newseum is a high-tech, interactive museum that teaches its visitors about history from 16th century to the present day. However, the past is told through news reporting, and it is seen through the eyes of the reporters. Tourists reported that some of their favorite exhibits are the Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery, Today’s Front Pages and the 9/11 Gallery. You can see some original award-winning images since the 1940s, newspaper front pages from around the world, and so on. The exhibits are so interesting and immersive that you will spend hours here watching the footage of different historic events. This fascinating attraction will take at least four hours of your time.
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
This is a location you must visit, no matter how much time you have at your disposal. The museum is imagined as a memorial to millions of people who died due to the Nazi regime in World War II. Although the museum tells us a horrible story about genocide and bad sides of human nature, it is a valuable exhibit that will also teach you about the dangers of hatred and prejudice. The visit will leave a permanent emotional mark on your heart and soul. If you have children that are under eleven years old, it would be best not to bring them with you. Visiting this museum is an emotional experience you won’t forget, and it can greatly upset younger children. If you would like to teach your kids about the Holocaust and the Second World War, there is a separate exhibit for children that tell them this story through the eyes of a young boy.
The entrance is free, but you need to get your free time pass ticket in advance. You will get your ticket the same day of your visit; you just need to reserve it in advance. You will need at least two hours to visit the museum.
Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
This estate is located a little bit outside of the town, but it is worth your visit. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens are the home of the president George Washington, and unfortunately, it is often overlooked by the visitors because of its remote location. If you decide to visit this museum, you won’t regret it. You can enjoy the scenic view of the shores of the Potomac River, and take a tour at some of the most beautiful American art galleries and theatres that tell the story of George Washington’s life. This attraction has activities that are suitable for the whole family. Once you arrive, we recommend you first to visit the Mansion because it is usually the most crowded. After that, take a break by wandering the grounds and enjoying the scenic views.