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.

National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
National Archives, Washington DC
International Spy Museum
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
1 of 10

THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUMS

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

2 of 10

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.

3 of 10

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

See the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and other historical documents. Photo: National Archives, records of the United States Food Administration

Photo Credit: Kim Baker

4 of 10

NEWSEUM

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

Photo Credit: Sam Kittner

5 of 10

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.

6 of 10

THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION

Admire artwork by Matisse, van Gogh and Renoir, including his celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party.

Photo Credit: Robert Lautman

7 of 10

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

In Richmond, explore over 33,000 works including Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Faberge.

8 of 10

THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM

In Baltimore, Maryland, see treasures of ancient Egypt, Greek sculptures and Renaissance bronzes.

9 of 10

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART

Matisse fans will enjoy viewing the world’s largest collection of his paintings.

Photo Credit: Visit Baltimore

10 of 10

CHESAPEAKE BAY MARITIME MUSEUM

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

Photo Credit: Aloft Aerial Photography

Related: 
Attractions & Family Fun
History & Culture