Downtown & Penn Quarter attractions

Top Choice Landmark in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Archives

It's hard not to feel a little in awe of the big three documents in the Archives: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Taken together, it becomes clear just how radical the Ameri…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Reynolds Center for American Art & Portraiture

The Reynolds Center is one of DC's finest museums. This Smithsonian venue combines the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum into one whopping collection of American art that's unmatched anywhere in …
Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Newseum

This six-story, highly interactive news museum is worth the admission price. You can delve into major events (the fall of the Berlin Wall, September 11, Hurricane Katrina), and spend hours watching moving film foota…
Historic Site in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Ford’s Theatre

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln here. Free timed-entry tickets provide access to the site, which has four parts: the theater itself (where you see the box seat Lincoln was sitting i…
Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Building Museum

Devoted to architecture and urban design, the museum is housed in a magnificent 1887 edifice modeled after the Renaissance-era Palazzo Farnese in Rome. The space has hosted 17 inaugural balls – from Grover Cleveland…
Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The only US museum exclusively devoted to women’s artwork fills this Renaissance Revival mansion. Its collection – some 4500 works by 1000 female artists from around the world – moves from Renaissance artists such a…
Museum in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Ford’s Theatre Center for Education & Leadership

Across the street from the famous theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot, the center holds a gift shop on its 1st floor, as well as a 34ft tower of Lincoln books (it's actually an aluminum sculpture) – a testament t…
Historic Site in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Petersen House

After being shot at Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln was carried across the street to Petersen House. Its three tiny, unassuming rooms create a moving personal portrait of the president's slow and tragic end. He never regain…
Gallery in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Long View Gallery

Longview specializes in contemporary art by emerging and midcareer artists, including many from the region. The room, with its peeling paint and exposed ducting, is the perfect backdrop for edgy exhibitions of photo…
Area in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Chinatown

DC’s dinky Chinatown is anchored on 7th and H Sts NW. It was once a major Asian American entrepôt, but today most Asian Americans in the Washington area live in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs. That said, Chinatown…