History Museums Including Historic Houses

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HISTORY MUSEUMS IN DC (alphabetical)

Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History (Smithsonian)

City Museum of Washington DC

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum)
An institution devoted to preserving & presenting the history of the local Jewish community, now housed next door to the 1876 Adas Israel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in DC.

National Air & Space Museum (Smithsonian)

The National Archives

National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall

National Museum of American History (Smithsonian)

The National Postal Museum (Smithsonian)

United States Holocaust Museum

(More to come.)

HISTORIC HOUSES & MONUMENTS (also alphabetical)

Christian Heurich House Museum (The Brewmaster’s Castle)
Built in 1892-1894, they claim it is the most intact late-Victorian home in the country.

The National Cathedral
Need we say more?

The Octagon Museum
The oldest museum in the United States devoted to architecture and design and home to the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. They're the AIA; who are we to disagree?

The Old Stone House
One of the oldest buildings in DC, or so says the National Parks Service, which runs the place.

Society of the Cincinnati (Anderson House)
Mass Ave NW at 21st street.

Temple of the Scottish Rite
Get Masonic! Decode it and discover all the secrets of the world; at least that's what pop novels want you to believe.

Union Station
Daniel Burnham’s 1907-08 Beaux-Arts masterpiece, built with lessons learned at the World’s Columbian Exposition (a.k.a. the Chicago World’s Fair) of 1893. The website is mostly devoted to food & shopping, but the building is one of the city’s finest, and arguably one of the best termini in the country. Be thankful they didn’t tear it down in the 1980s, as was planned.

(More to come.)

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