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Visitor Information
FREE admission:
  • Smithsonian museums & the National Zoo (DC, VA)
  • American Indian Museum Heye Center (NYC)
  • Note: Tickets are not used for general admission.
Entry fee:
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Tourist Information and Sightseeing

In addition to Washington's many national monuments and federal buildings, the museum-goer will find that many museums and galleries, located throughout the city, have distinctive collections.

Sample of sites with free tours

Jefferson Memorial Blossoms by Jeff Tinsley

Information on visiting Washington, D.C.

  • D.C. Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center
  • Phone: 1-866-324-7386; 202-347-7201

  • National Park Service
  • Phone: 202-208-4747 (tape)
  • Dial-a-Park: 202-619-7275 (tape)

Information on visiting outside of Washington, D.C.