By Jordana Rosenbaum
Washington, D.C is one of the most historically and culturally rich cities in the United States, with an almost endless number of museums, landmarks, and attractions to take in. Choosing which ones to visit during your trip to the 2017 ICHOM Conference can be difficult, so to help you out we have provided our recommendations below (in no particular order):
1. National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art is located on the National Mall in central Washington, D.C. The gallery was established in 1937 as a gift to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the people of the United States. The gallery is filled with artwork and sculptures donated by artists from around the world. The gallery holds many events and exhibitions year round to enhance the experience and education of all the many visitors.
Hours: Monday–Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
2. National Museum of Health and Medicine
The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the American Civil War to research and study medicine and surgery. The collections include objects, photographs, and documents chronicling the history of medicine over the centuries. The Museum’s exhibits include advances in science and study of anatomy around the world.
Hours: Sunday–Saturday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
3. Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill, an architectural achievement, is the meeting place of the nation’s legislature and the home of an important collection of American art. The United States Congress has been meeting in the Capitol since November of 1800. It is now a symbol of America’s democracy. The visitors center allows for an educational and inspiring experience of Capitol Hill. Visitors get to learn about the Senate and the architectural structure of the building.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Admission: free, but passes are required for tours (which should be booked ahead of time)
4. Mount Vernon Estates and Gardens
The mansion, built in 1735, became the home to George Washington for the majority of his life. He spent decades expanding and decorating his beautiful and vast estate. Visitors can tour the house and roam the land for a visual understanding of Washington’s life.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: $20 for adults, with an online discount
Location: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
5. President Lincoln’s Cottage
Visitors can experience the daily life of President Lincoln in the home he lived in for most of his presidency. It is the very cottage where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. While touring through the house, visitors learn about Abraham Lincoln’s vision of freedom.
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Admission: $15 for adults. Advanced purchase recommended
Location: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011
For additional ideas, visit https://washington.org/things-do-washington-dc