International Spy Museum

“All is not what it seems. At the International Spy Museum, there’s something for the spy in all of us.

Gain access to the world’s largest collection of international espionage artifacts. Through interactive exhibits with state-of-the-art audiovisual effects, film and hands-on components, the International Spy Museum traces the evolution of espionage through the people who practice the profession and provides a context for guests to interpret the role intelligence plays in current events. The Museum’s permanent exhibition presents the tradecraft of espionage and showcases the ingenuity and imagination of real-life spies and spymasters.”

Discounts available for local residents. Free for Washington, D.C. schools. Groups discounts and field trips available.

National Air and Space Museum

“The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA showcases historic aviation and space artifacts. Highlights include a Concorde, the B-29 Enola Gay, and Space Shuttle Enterprise. Observation tower. IMAX movies, flight simulators. Open 10 am – 5:30 pm except Dec. 25. Museum admission free; parking available (fee).” Field trips are available.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

“The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. It is the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.” Admission is free but advanced tickets are required.

National Zoo

Enjoy thousands of exotic animals, educational animal demonstrations, the Asia Trail (where our giant pandas live!), and many other exhibits. Open daily except Dec. 25. Call for hours: 202-633-1000. Free admission. Guided tours by appointment

Smithsonian Imax and Planetarium

“Watch stunning IMAX® films on six-story screens and planetarium shows on a 77 foot digital dome theater! Enjoy immersive 2D and 3D content at the National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.” Discounts available for groups 10+.