A Boutique Hotel near the Smithsonian Museums
It’s only right the heart of the nation is home to curated collections of its vast achievements. What’s a trip to downtown 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 Georgetown Inn West End, you'll enjoy boutique suite accommodations and unbridled access to the Smithsonian Institution's most fascinating, enlightening, and interactive museums. 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
Georgetown Inn West End 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
- Complimentary Breakfast to Fuel Your Appetite for Knowledge
- Free WiFi to Learn More About America's Most Influential People and Events
Just Three Blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro
Georgetown Inn West End 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.
Introduction to the Smithsonian Institution Museums
With over a dozen museum and galleries to explore, navigating the Smithsonian Institute can be daunting. To help develop your educational itinerary, the local experts at Georgetown Inn West End 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.
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 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.
1400 Constitution Ave NW | 1.5 Miles from Georgetown Inn West End
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.
10th & Constitution Ave NW | 1.9 Miles from Georgetown Inn West End
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 Georgetown Inn West End
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 Georgetown Inn West End
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 Georgetown Inn West End