Top Ten Museums

From the diverse and fascinating collections of the world-renowned Smithsonian museums to unique local museums illuminating maritime history and fine art, the Capital Region is home to some of America's best and most interesting museums.

Washington, DC, National Mall, Smithsonian, castle
National Air and Space Museum, Udvar Hazy Center, Smithsonian, air, space, shuttle, discovery, museums, DC, Washington DC, Fairfax, Chantilly, Virginia, USA
National Archives, Washington DC
Newseum, museum, news, attractions, Washington, DC, USA
International Spy Museum
The Phillips Collection, art, museum, gallery, attractions, Washington, DC, USA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Baltimore Museum of Art, art, museum, gallery, exhibits, attractions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Maryland, museum, water, maritime, boats, attractions, Chesapeake Bay, USA
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THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS

This collection of 19 renowned museums covers everything from art to history. Eleven are located along the National Mall.

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STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY CENTER

See a Concorde, the Space Shuttle Discovery and other major aviation and space artefacts at this attraction near Dulles Airport.

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES

See the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other historical documents at the National Archives in Washington, DC. 

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NEWSEUM

This interactive news museum includes a display of front pages from 80 international newspapers.

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INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM

Find out if you have what it takes to be a double agent, or even the next Bond at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

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THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

At The Phillips Collection visitors can admire artwork by Matisse, van Gogh and Renoir, including his celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party.

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VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, explore over 33,000 works including Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Faberge.

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THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

At Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, see treasures of ancient Egypt, Greek sculptures and Renaissance bronzes.

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BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Matisse fans will enjoy viewing the world’s largest collection of his paintings at the Baltimore Museum of Art

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CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM

Get immersed in nautical heritage at this unique museum, where many exhibits are literally on the water.

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