Washington Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
• A WorldWeb.com Travel Guide to Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres in Washington, Washington DC.
The Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington, DC and one of the only three remaining residential buildings in the United States designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. Built in 1818, this museum is just steps from the White House and offers a glimpse into nearly 200 years of Washington history. The museum is open daily.
Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House stands as an omnipresent symbol for the entire county. As the residence of the President its architectural beauty is only surpassed by its historical and cultural significance. All White House tours, ranging from self-guided tours to tours for the visually and hearing impaired, are free. There are no tours on Sunday and Monday.
Standing as the central point of interest in the Capitol Complex, The United States Capitol is considered to be one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in the world. The Capitol is actively used by United States Congress and receives approximately 3.5 million visitors every year. Tours of the Capitol building and the grounds (which includes six congressional office buildings, the Supreme Court Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden) are offered frequently.
This monumental gateway to America's capital city opened in 1907, and today it is one of Washington, D.C.'s most popular attractions. As one of the premiere shopping areas in the country, there are shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants are situated throughout the station. Union Station also serves as a major terminal for Amtrak rail services.
The oldest active post in the Marine Corps, the Washington Marine Barracks was established in 1801 and is a registered historic site. It is located on 8th and I streets.
The Dumbarton House was built in 1800 and is a fine example of Federal-period architecture. The museum houses 18th- and 19th-century furniture and decorative arts.
Located in Lincoln Park, the Mary McLeod Bethune Statue commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women. The Bethune Council House was Mary's last Washington, DC residence and the first headquarters of the organization.
This momument stands in appreciation of George Washington, the first president of the United States. It pays tribute to his role as a leader while the country struggled to gain independence from Great Britain more than 200 years ago.
The highest court in the United States, the Supreme Court is the head of the Judicial Branch of government. Open Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays, from 9am until 4:30pm, this court can be visited by the public. Lectures are given in the courtroom hourly on the half hour when it is not in session.
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a popular Washington DC historic site and free guided tours are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11am. Tours begin at the concierge desk. Self-guided walking tours are also available.
Located in the heart of Georgetown, the 200-year-old Tudor Place houses the largest public collection of George and Martha Washington objects outside of the Founder Father's home. The home also features a beautiful 5.5-acres (2.2-ha) garden. Tours led by docents are offered, as well as self-guided garden tours.
Old Stone House Washington DC
Built in 1765, The Old Stone House is the oldest house in Washington. Tours are offered by Park Rangers year-round every Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. The home is closed on all federal holidays.