Hotels Near Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
It’s only right the heart of the nation is home to curated collections of its vast achievements. What’s a trip to Washington DC without taking in the world’s largest educational, museum, and research complex? With over 154 million artifacts and exhibits, the Smithsonian Institution museums boast a wealth of facts, histories, and artwork that will enrich your cosmopolitan Washington DC experience and enhance your conception of the world as a whole.
When you stay at West End part of the Georgetown Collection, you'll enjoy boutique suite accommodations in one of the finest hotels near the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and unbridled access to the Smithsonian Institution's most fascinating, enlightening, and interactive exhibits. While museums are peppered throughout Washington DC, our unrivaled location is just a five-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station and puts you in a prime position to experience the best of the Smithsonian.
Smithsonian Travel Package
West End part of the Georgetown Collection supports the everlong pursuit of knowledge in the nation’s capital, and we invite you to curate your Washington DC adventure with our Smithsonian Package. During your stay, you'll enjoy the perfect blend of residential style, boutique amenities, and modern luxury to keep your body rested and your mind stimulated for your Smithsonian Institution excursion.
Book our Smithsonian Package and you'll enjoy:
- A Boutique Double Queen Bedroom Suite, Perfect for Traveling with Your Family
- Four Round-Trip Metro Passes to Speed You on Your Journey Towards Enlightenment
- Free WiFi to Learn More About America's Most Influential People and Events
Just Three Blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro
West End part of the Georgetown Collection is a quick, five-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. With access to the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines, the Metro will bring you to the National Mall and beyond to visit the Smithsonian Institution's world-class museums. Most museums are less than a ten-minute train ride from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station. Once you hop off the train, you'll be a quick walk from boundless opportunities to education, inspiration, and awe!
Uber & Lyft to the Smithsonian Museums
Don't feel like taking the train? Lyfts and Ubers are plentiful in West End and will get you to most museums in less than ten minutes. Rideshares to Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall typically cost $5.00 to $8.00 each way.
Introduction to the Smithsonian Institution Museums
With over a dozen museums and galleries to explore, navigating the Smithsonian Institute can be daunting. To help develop your educational itinerary, the local experts at West End part of the Georgetown Collection have compiled a list of our favorite Washington DC museums. Take a look at our team's favorites, but feel free to go off-script in your boundless quest for knowledge.
Most museums are open daily, and admission to all Smithsonian Institution locations is free.
National Museum of Natural History
Photo Credit: James Di Loreto / Smithsonian
Just to offer the scope of the National Museum of Natural History’s size: it covers more than 18 football fields. The overarching theme of the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum is less about “history” in the traditional sense and more about what it means to live on Earth. From the planet's long-ago beginnings to the research currently happening in both the lab and the field, The National Museum of Natural History will help you discover legends, uncover amazing facts, and find a new, appreciative sense for the world and your place in it.
What to See at the National Museum of Natural History
The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals is one of the National Museum of Natural History's most talked-about (and Instagrammed) exhibits. Not only does this expansive collection feature meteorites, a tectonic plate gallery, and an 11 pound topaz, it's also home to the Hope Diamond. Formed 1.1 billion years ago, the Hope Diamond has been one of the world's most beautiful and prized jewels since its discovery in India in 1666.
The Smithsonian Human Evolution exhibit is one of the most compelling collections on the National Mall. Walk through the history of humankind, glimpse into our collective past, and gain a deeper perspective of what it means to be human. During your visit, don't miss the evolutionary milestones, the snapshots of survival, or the changing the world studies.
Part of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, the Butterfly Pavilion provides detailed insights into how plants and nature's favorite insect coexist. While the exhibit requires paid admission ($7.50 for adults), the flurries of butterflies and beautiful flora are truly something to behold for museum visitors of all ages.
10th & Constitution Ave NW | 1.9 Miles from West End part of the Georgetown Collection
The National Museum of African-American History and Culture
The National Museum of African-American History and Culture opened in September 2016 as the 19th Smithsonian Institution museum and has hosted over 2.5 million guests since this time. A range of interactive exhibits share the powerful history of African-American culture, encourage visitors to explore what it means to be an American, and educates visitors on how global influences shape culture, history, and identity.
The NMAAHC does offer same-day walk-up passes, but due to high demand, it is highly recommended to reserve a timed pass in advance.
What to See at The National Museum of African-American History and Culture
See the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment at the museum's incredible Slavery and Freedom exhibit. In this exhibit, you'll also see items like Harriet Tubman’s shawl to help illustrate how freedom was achieved in a political and economic system dictated by slavery.
The impact black culture has had on American music is profound, and the Musical Crossroads exhibit tells the story of African American music from early traditions through the blues to rock and roll and hip hop. As you explore the exhibit, you'll see Chuck Berry's 1973 Cadillac, a Jimi Hendrix vest, Public Enemy's S1W Uniform, and more!
While the NMAAHC's detailed chronicles of slavery, emancipation, and reconstruction provide an enlightening historical backdrop, the A Changing America exhibit gives context for today's political and cultural landscape. The exhibition covers the last 50 years of American life, featuring everything from historic moments in time like the Yes We Can movement, the assassination of Dr. King, the evolution of hip hop, and the emergence of #BlackLivesMatter.
1400 Constitution Ave NW | 1.5 Miles from West End part of the Georgetown Collection
National Zoological Park
The National Zoo is home to over 1,500 animals and over 300 different species. Situated on 163 acres of DC’s Rock Creek Park, it’s an inviting place to immerse yourself in local fauna while seeing animals up close you’ve previously only seen on the screen or printed in a textbook. From giant pandas to Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers to sloths, the wealth of breathtaking creatures will astound you and all the people in your group. The majesty of a rare animal always elicits wonder, and you shouldn’t leave DC without seizing this opportunity.
3001 Connecticut Ave NW | 2.0 Miles from West End part of the Georgetown Collection
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Flight - one of the greatest achievements humankind can claim. At the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the history of flight is examined in-depth with twenty-three different galleries showcasing our species’ exploration of air and space. Put yourself in the shoes of those who have traveled before, learning about everything from missiles to spacecraft to distant countries and different planets. For the ultimate experience, visit the planetarium or book an IMAX showing on a five-story-high screen. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum a museum you should not miss.
600 Independence Ave SW | 2.4 Miles from West End part of the Georgetown Collection
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Exhibits at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will leave you breathless. As the featured museum location for art and artists of modern times, you’ll encounter emotion and expression that’s both closely identifiable yet unique in its articulation.
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW | 2.3 Miles from West End part of the Georgetown Collection
Boutique Accommodations, Just Minutes from Smithsonian Museums
When you stay at West End part of the Georgetown Collection, you'll feel at home in the Capital of the World. In addition to unrivaled access to the Smithsonian Institute museums, you'll enjoy:
- An Apartment-Style Suite
- Living Room with a Separate Bedroom
- Italian Marble Bathroom with Luxe Bath Products
- Free, Fast, and Reliable WiFi
- In-Suite Refrigerator and Microwave
- Breakfast Available Each Morning
- In-Suite Coffee and Tea Maker
- Fax, Copy, and Printing Services
- Safe-Deposit Box
- Spacious Work Desk with Ample Ports & Plugs