Washington, DC History

Rich in history, Washington, DC, boasts many important historic sites, including monuments, museums and neighbourhoods.

The White House, Washington, DC
The White House - official home to every US president since 1800
International Spy Museum, Washington, DC
International Spy Museum (Photo credit: Destination DC)
Duke Ellington mural, Washington, DC
DC's U Street neighbourhood was once home to jazz legend Duke Ellington
Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery at the Newseum
Ford's Theatre, a historic theatre in Washington, DC and the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, credit Maxwell MacKenzie
The White House, Washington, DC
International Spy Museum, Washington, DC
Duke Ellington mural, Washington, DC

From rich neighbourhood lore to the city’s many museums, every corner of Washington, DC brims with history and culture.

Historic Neighbourhoods in Washington, DC

Stroll along U Street through the historic heart of DC’s African-American community, once home to jazz legend Duke Ellington and now a fashionable area of shops, cafés and lounges. As you shop the boutiques of Georgetown, stop by the Old Stone House on M Street – the oldest existing private residence in all of Washington, DC.

Washington, DC Museums & Historic Attractions

Beyond the city’s distinctive neighbourhoods, DC’s museums are enough to occupy visitors for days on end. View pop culture artefacts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where featured icons include Kermit the Frog, Julia Child’s kitchen and the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz. Catch up on the history of media at the Newseum, or go undercover at the International Spy Museum, which is a particular favourite with children.

At Ford’s Theatre, you can view the spot where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated; afterward, cross the street to the Peterson House where he died the following morning.

Of course, no trip to America’s capital would be complete without a photo op in front of the White House, home of the US presidency for over 200 years.

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