Top Art Museums in Washington DC

As the capital of the country, Washington D.C. is one of the most important cities in the United States. Located by the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, Washington D.C. is a federal district and not part of any state. Though the majority of the focus of the city is on the political system of the American government, the city also boasts a wide array of cultural events and locations that should not be missed on student tours to the city. Visiting some of the many museums, music halls, and theatres offers an excellent way to break up the day, or to spend the entire evening. Here are just a few of the attractions you will find in Washington D.C.


Washington D.C. is known for its wide array of museums, with many of the highest regarded museums in the country. Among these are the Egyptian Theater, the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. These museums offer student tours an excellent way to break up the day, or to spend a few hours with friends and family.


Washington D.C. is also home to a wide array of music halls and studios. As one of the most famous music genres in the country, rock and roll have been represented on tour by many of the major bands in the country, as well as by many of the major stars from the music industry. In fact, the inauguration of the Neil Diamond Concert Hall in 1980 was considered to be one of the band’s proudest moments. The DCI Studio is also a renowned music hall and the recording studio used by many of the transsexuals in the 70s and 80s.

The National Arts Center (NAC)

Approximately 8 miles south of the White House, lies the National Arts Center (NAC). The Arts Center, the result of a larger scale of the building itself than any of the art venues, rose to fame after the 1996 bombing of the Alfred Opera House. The original building was completely rebuilt after the bombing, but the Arts Center on its neon lights has since become a bold symbol of safety.

The Breaking Arts

The National Portrait Gallery at the Museum of American Finance was created in 1862 and has become one of the foremost portrait galleries in the US. The collection of portraits in the gallery has grown to include over 12,000 portraits. Many of the artists who painted the portraits throughout the history of the gallery have gone on to found themselves lifetime jobs in the professional ranks of the stock photography world. The photographed landscapes have become symbolic of the US’s rural landscapes and unique island communities.

The Pentagon

The Pentagon is perhaps one of the most prevalent of America’s historical buildings, both due to its rather prominent position in the USA’s economic, political and cultural scene, and its quite literally ‘history’ status. The Pentagon dates all the way back to its beginnings as a small military post in 1790, but it was several years before the site actually became what it is today.

Originally, the capital of the USA was housed on continental Pennsylvania, but soon became Montreal, New York, and hurriedly marching east to Missouri before wreaking havoc on thoroughly unwilling roads in 1829. The badly damaged capital was then shipped across the ocean to a safe landing strip in Kula, and only a year later, the entire city was cheerfully reconstructed. Today, the Pentagon is home to the headquarters and museum of the US Department of Defense, brought to life and preserved from the depths of the rubble in Vietnam. It has become, not only an offensive and defensive tool but a symbol of the nation’s might.