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Washington, DC Hotel near Free Attractions

Hotel Near Washington DC Free Attractions

Whether you’re looking to get a contemporary art fix or want to steep yourself in the political lore and historical riches DC is known for, you can see the best of this world-class city without spending a dime on attractions.

An impressive 18 of the famous Smithsonian Museums are free – including one just across the street from the Kimpton Monaco. Plus, find free tours, outdoor activities and events almost every day of the year. You can easily spend a whole day just wandering the National Mall, checking out monuments and war memorials, pausing by the Washington Monument and reflecting pool and picnicking as locals jog through.

Love living luxe but don’t want to spend the big bucks? You’ve come to the right place.

Free Museums in DC

We could never fit all the free museums on one page, but here’s a glimpse at how far zero dollars can take you. Check out all Smithsonian museums here.

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National Portrait Gallery

Just across the street from the Kimpton Monaco, you’ll find a Smithsonian Museum loved by locals and visitors alike: The National Portrait Gallery. Check out presidential portraits and ever-changing contemporary exhibits, then enjoy restful cafe bites in a tranquil and beautiful atrium.

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Museum of Natural History

Shark Week geeks, stargazers and animal lovers of all ages will enjoy exploring the natural world at the Museum of Natural History, open every day and opening a window onto nearly every curiosity on the planet, past and present.

Time Travel

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National Museum of the American Indian

The lively and vital National Museum of the American Indian boasts the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere, from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.

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Free DC Activities Outside

Things to do for free in DC don’t end with museums. Check out these opportunities to see the great outdoors – both in the city and further afield.

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Penn Quarter Markets

Just around the corner from the Monaco, you’ll find the FRESHFARM Penn Quarter Market running every Thursday, April-November and the Downtown Holiday Market between Thanksgiving and Christmas. See D.C. while checking off your shopping list!

Rock Creek Park

Great Outdoors

Too nice out to wander museum halls? You’re in luck. Bike along Mount Vernon Trail, or head further out of town to hike some trails at Rock Creek Park to see some green.

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Navy Memorial Movies and Music

Free Movies on the Memorial? Navy Band performances on select Tuesdays? Just two reasons experiencing outdoor DC is worth a little sweat. Find both fun experiences just a quick stroll from the Monaco.