In addition to the extensive Smithsonian Museum system, there are many wonderful private museums and art galleries throughout the city. Unlike the Smithsonian museums, funded by your tax dollars, these museums are funded privately through their endowments and an entry fee.


 Corcoran Gallery of Art

18th, 19th, and 20th Century American Art

500 17th Street NW

Phillips Collection

Impressionist and Modern Art 

1600 21st Street NW

 International Spy Museum

 Very Child Friendly, Collection of Espionage Artifacts

800 F Street NW

 Crime and Punishment Museum

History of Crime, Law Enforcement and Forensic Science

 575 7th Street NW

 Hillwood Museum

Estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post (Post Cereal Heiress)

 4155 Linnean Ave NW

Heurich House

 National Register of Historic Places. 1892-4 Victorian Home including most of the homes original furnishings.

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW

 Woodrow Wilson House

Home of the only President to choose Washington DC as his residence after ending is term as President

2340 S Street NW

 Textile Museum

 Persian Rugs, Tapestry, and Fabric

2320 S Street NW

 Kreeger Gallery

Private Collection of David and Carmnen Kreeger. 19th and 20th Century paintings.

2401 Foxhall Rd NW

 Dumbarton Oaks 

Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Art in the Museum. Manicured and tranquil gardens in the Georgetown area of the city

1703 32nd Street NW

 Sewall-Belmont Womens Museum

Women's History and progress toward equality

144 Constitution Ave NE

 Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

History, Politics, Celebrity, News and Events, as told through wax likenesses

1001 F Street NW

 National Geographic Society

Geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

1145 17th Street NW