55 Hampton Park Blvd
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Phone: (301) 336-8900
Fax: (301) 336-6419
55 Hampton Park Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD, US, 20743
- Phone: (301) 336-8900
- Fax: (301) 336-6419
Arts & Museums
See a wireless telegraph, a telegram sent from the Titanic, a crystal radio built in the 1920s, the cathedral-shaped radios of the 1930s, post-WWII plastic portable radios, and, of course, television. You're sure to find something that will make you say, "We used to have one of those." Of particular interest to Washingtonians of the 1960s and 1970s are props and sound effects used by Willard Scott and Ed Walker, the "Joy Boys of Radio." Only the first floor is handicap accessible.
Anacostia Museum - at this lesser-known Smithsonian museum, the spotlight is on African-American culture and issues. There is no permanent collection, but the museum provides innovative, special exhibits. They tend to be current and interactive, with many suited to children. Admission is free.
This museum is housed at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Its fun, interactive exhibits will captivate visitors of all ages. The gallery itself is a one-eighth scale replica of the Wright brothers' hangar, where they built their first military airplane. It was here, in 1909, that Wilbur Wright trained military officers to fly. The museum's many artifacts include the Wright brothers' 1911 Wright B, a 1918 'Jenny' airplane that was once used for airmail, and a 1932 Monocoupe aircraft.
The U.S. Navy Museum, one of the fourteen naval museums was established in 1961. It displays artifacts that date back to 1793 and the collection provides insight into U.S history. With artifacts like the world's deepest diving submersible, it attracts hoards of visitors every year. Apart from that, it also houses photographs and other materials, vital for researchers and students. By hosting various exhibitions, it not only creates awareness but also pays respect to the national heroes. You can also take back a part of the history from the memorabilia displayed in the gift shop.
This museum is steeped in history and it is ready to tell tales whenever you want to listen. It was built by Samuel Ogle in the early 18th century. Later, it underwent expansion and was inherited by the Woodward family. The Woodwards further converted it into a major racing and breeding ground. Presently, it enjoys its status as a museum and boasts of an interesting collection of racing memorabilia, carriages and so on. Call for more information.
Open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for tours. Tours of this historic house provides visitors with a view of home life for ordinary Americans of modest means during the Great Depression and World War II.
The oldest house on Capitol Hill, with parts dating back to 1680, Sewall-Belmont House has a fascinating history. Sections of the Louisiana Purchase were written here, and, roughly a century later, the amendment giving women the right to vote was drafted under its roof. In 1929, it was purchased by the National Women's Party, to serve as its headquarters. It is now a museum and library focusing on the advancement of women's political rights. Admission is free.
From stagecoach to Model T, learn about the techniques and technologies the U.S. Postal Service has employed to deliver mail over the years. Exhibits at National Postal Museum also demonstrate the important role that mail has played in the country's development. Interactive computer displays and videos of train robberies are especially popular. Stamp collectors should not miss the museum shop. Admission is free.
Opened on December 2, 2008, the US Capitol Visitor Center is the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building. There are a lot of exhibits and visitors can see the original copy of Franklin Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” speech and a letter from George Washington. There are also two theaters where visitors can learn more about the U.S. government. Reservations for tours are highly recommended.
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue in Washington which was built by German-Jewish immigrants. Its dedication in 1876 was attended by President Ulysses S. Grant. Saved from the wrecking ball in 1969, the museum was moved three blocks to 3rd and G streets and restored as a museum exploring the Jewish contributions to the nation's capital. The permanent collection includes letters, scrapbooks, oral histories, photographs, ritual objects and textiles documenting the history of local Jewish families and organizations.
You'll find the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall. Its structure is a throwback to adobe homes in early Native American culture. With a highly naturalistic design, the NMAI illustrates Indian history within a series of circles. Various works of art, artifacts, and other remnants of American Indian culture are on display. Changing exhibits provide a valuable addition to our understanding of American Indian culture. Past exhibits have included indigenous world views through dress, native modernism, and contemporary indigenous viewpoints as told through poetry. Admission to the museum is free. It is, however, recommended that a timed entry pass be reserved online (with a service charge) because of the popularity of this national exhibit.
Designed after Italian Renaissance palaces, the brick and terracotta building is palatial and contains a massive 15-story interior with eight Corinthian columns that are 75 feet (23 meters) high. National Building Museum's space has been the site of inaugural balls and a popular Christmas television special. Several tiers of arcades ring the Great Hall, offering space for a variety of architectural exhibits. Foremost among these is a look into the planning and design of Washington, DC. Children will love the touchable model of the nation's capital.