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.
Clockwise from top:
"Lone Sailor" at the US Navy Memorial
The US Navy Memorial and the 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.
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.
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 on hand to provide interpretation and answer questions.
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 1883-87, it originally housed the Pension Bureau. Mon-Sat 10-5, 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 Jewish 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 life.
12 to 4.
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-Thur 10 to 9, Fri-Sat 10 to 5:30, Sun 1 to 5 (Closed Sun in summer)
The Courts on Judiciary Square
Judiciary Square is one of the original open spaces in the 1791 Pierre L'Enfant plan for Washington D.C. that survives today as an important civic and historic resource. The Square is occupied by a series of court buildings dating from the 1820's to the 1930's. The H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse, just to the south of the Square on Indiana Avenue, opened in 1978 and is now the main building for the DC Superior Court. Increasing growth by the courts has required that the DC Superior Court expand a number of its operations into court buildings A, B and C. The Old Courthouse, the former DC City Hall, is being restored to be the future home of the DC Court of Appeals. The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces is currently located at the corner of 5th and E Streets.
Immediately adjacent to Judiciary Square are two federal courthouses. To the east, occupying the block bounded by 2nd and 3rd Streets between E and D Streets, is the US Tax Court.
To the south, occupying the block between C Street and Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street and the John Marshall Plaza, is the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse.
Discover DC is a program of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the District Department of Transportation. Information provided by DC Heritage Tourism Coalition.
Photography by Ron Engle (Chinatown Arch, Ford's Theater, National Building Museum); Lito Tonson (Lone Sailor, Petersen House); Scott L. Saunders (Embassy of Canada, National Building Museum / National Law Enforcement Officers memorial, Small Jewish Museum)