Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see.
—You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. —
Chinatown, centered on Seventh and H Streets NW,
has the largest single-span Chinese arch in the world. It marks the entrance to Washington's Chinatown and nearby are clustered an array of colorful restaurants.
at the US Navy Memorial
The US Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center, at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
honors the men and women of the sea services who have served their country in war and peace. Tue-Sat 9:30 to 5, Sun 12 to 5. The film,
At Sea, is shown daily at 2.
Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, located at 511 Tenth Street NW,
is the site of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Administered by the National Park Service, the site includes a Lincoln Museum and functions as an active theater. Mon-Sun 9 to 5, except Christmas.
The Petersen House, where President Lincoln died, is located across Tenth Street
from Ford's Theatre. Preserved as a house museum, it is open to the public, with National Park Service rangers and answer questions.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Located at 901 G Street NW,
this modern glass, steel, and brick structure was designed
by noted architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late 1960s. Its main lobby contains a large mural dedicated to Dr. King. Mon-Thr 10 to 9, Fri-Sat 10 to 5:30, Sun 1 to 5 (Closed Sun in summer).
National Building Museum
and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
The National Building Museum, at 401 F Street NW,
is the nation's only museum dedicated to American achievements in architecture, urban planning, construction, engineering, and design. Designed by Major General Montgomery C. Meigs, and built under his supervision during 1882-87, it originally housed the Pension Bureau. Mon-Sat 10 to 5, Sun 12 to 5.
In the square across F Street
from the National Building Museum is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, dedicated to America's law enforcement professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Embassy of Canada
Located at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
the Embassy features an art gallery open to the public. Mon-Fri 10 to 5.
Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum
Located at Third and G Streets NW,
the Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum (also home of the Historical Society of Greater Washington) is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Washington. Built in 1876, the synagogue served a thriving community
of German-Jewish immigrant shopkeepers and was the center of neighborhood live. Sun-Thr 12 to 4.
Discover DC is a program of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the DC Department of Public Works. Information is provided by DC Heritage Tourism Coalition.
Photography by Ron Engle (Chinatown Arch, Embassy of Canada, Ford's Theatre, National Building Museum); Lito Tongson (Lone Sailor, Petersen House).
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