Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC

The hulking Convention Center hosts major trade shows, events and the occasional inaugural ball.

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Nearby Washington, DC attractions

1. Long View Gallery

0.16 MILES

Longview specializes in contemporary art by emerging and midcareer artists, including many from the region. The room, with its peeling paint and exposed…

2. Touchstone Gallery


Touchstone Gallery exhibits contemporary pieces created by its 45 member artists. Works cover multiple media, including sculpture, painting and the…

3. Chinatown

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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…

4. Friendship Arch

0.33 MILES

Colorful, dragon-decorated Friendship Arch – the largest single-span arch in the world – marks the entrance to DC's Chinatown.

5. Surratt House Site (Wok & Roll)

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Today this building is the Chinese restaurant Wok & Roll, but in 1865 it was the boarding house where Abraham Lincoln's assassins met and plotted their…

8. National Museum of Women in the Arts

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The only US museum exclusively devoted to women’s artwork fills this Renaissance Revival mansion. Its collection – some 5500 works by 1000 female artists…