One of the biggest perks of living just 11 miles from the center of our nation’s capital is that there are many museums nearby and the majority of them are free. Although most of them are currently closed, a lot of them are providing virtual tours and valuable online resources that you can access anywhere. While you’re enjoying your beautiful Forestville, MD apartments at The District at Forestville, you can stay in your pajamas and view artifacts, exhibitions, and collections on the museums’ websites.
National Portrait Gallery
For almost 60 years, the National Portrait Gallery has displayed art that tells the story of individuals who have shaped the history of America. Today the museum has over 23,000 items including paintings, drawings, engravings, and digital media. It is home to America’s only complete collection of portraits of Presidents (outside of the White House).
Although the gallery is currently closed, you can view over 15,000 works in their online collection. You should also check out their online programs which include free activities for children and adults. There are also digital learning opportunities that are great for a rainy day.
When the National Portrait Gallery reopens, you will be able to visit at 8th and F Streets NW in DC. It is normally open 364 days a year.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
It’s been almost four years since the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened as the 19th museum in the Smithsonian family. There are over 36,000 artifacts and you can search the online collection and learn about exhibits as you wait for the museum to reopen to visitors. There are also numerous educational resources.
Museum of Natural History
What’s currently known as the Museum of Natural History opened over a century ago as the first Smithsonian museum. The current museum has over 100 million artifacts that focus on anthropology and natural history.
The virtual tours page on the museum’s website is one of the best. You can explore permanent, current, and past exhibits, as well as research stations. You can also take a narrated tour. Check out the education tab for some fantastic online resources.
The museum is on the National Mall at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
If you’re looking to grab a quick bite after your tour, grab one of the best burgers in the area. To schedule an appointment for a one-on-one virtual tour of our Forestville, MD, apartments, contact us. You’ll be impressed with our floor plans and amenities. We can’t wait to welcome you to The District at Forestville community!Back to all posts