Top 3 Museums in D.C. to Visit on Presidents’ Day

Destinations, Trip Inspiration

Presidents’ Day, as I’ve recently discovered, is officially titled “Washington’s Birthday” and does indeed take place (approximately) on George Washington’s birthday. Who knew?

Anyway, here are some of the best museums of all kinds to visit on this important day.

  1. U.S. Botanic Garden
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This “museum” was actually part of George Washington’s original vision for the U.S. capitol. So what better place could there be to celebrate his birthday? Given the continuing pandemic, it’s also quite convenient that much of your experience can take place outdoors.

2. International Spy Museum

Photo by Sam Kittner

The International Spy Museum has exhibits on spycraft dating from the American Revolution to the modern day. Here you can code-break, receive your cover identity, and be debriefed on your own abilities as a spy. There’s also a massive collection of spy-gear in the form of everyday objects, which might remind you of James Bond.

3. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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What better place to reflect on the peculiarity of humanity, and of such great figures as George Washington, than at a museum documenting all of time and space? The Smithsonian is the eternal classic, and there’s never a reason not to go (so long as you’re free, wearing a mask, and socially distanced, anyway).

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