The Chinese American Museum in Washington, DC, is a bold undertaking, currently underway, to establish a nationally recognized institution that preserves, exhibits, and leads a meaningful dialogue about the Chinese American experience. CAMDC’s mission is to advance the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the Chinese American experience, by highlighting the history, culture, spirit and contributions of Chinese Americans to our nation and beyond. The Museum’s vision is to be a forward-looking, nationally recognized cultural, arts and education center for everyone.
One of the premier art collector’s museums in the United States, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is dedicated to enlightening and engaging visitors with an experience inspired by founder Marjorie Merriweather Post’s passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, and intent to preserve and share the beauty and history of her collections, garden, and estate. Home to the foremost collection of Russian imperial art in the United States and impeccable French furnishings and objects, Hillwood is set upon 25 acres of gardens and surrounding woodlands in northwest Washington, D.C. Thirteen acres of enchanting formal gardens include a Japanese-style garden, a rose garden, a French parterre, and a greenhouse full of exotic orchids.
Located in a spectacular 1908 landmark building just a few blocks from the White House at the corner of New York Avenue and 13th Street, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the first museum dedicated solely to celebrating the diverse artistic achievements of women. Since opening its doors in 1987, the museum has presented more than 160 solo and thematic exhibitions. Its permanent collection contains works from the 16th century to the present, created by over 800 artists, including Judith Leyster, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Catlett, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, and Louise Bourgeois, along with special collections of 18th-century silver tableware and botanical prints. The museum’s education programs include tours, family festivals, and literary, music, and film series. The museum’s Library and Research Center (LRC) contains extensive resources about women artists of all periods and nationalities, as well as a collection of artists’ books, which are exhibited periodically.
The DC History Center is owned and operated by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation’s capital. Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications. Washington is known throughout the world as a monumental federal city. Less well-known are the stories of Washington’s many diverse and vibrant communities. The Society helps make this local history easily accessible to the public to promote a sense of identity, place, and pride in Washington and to preserve this heritage for future generations.
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment through exhibitions, public programs, and festivals. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.
The Phillips Collection is America’s first museum of modern art. Founded in 1921 by Duncan Phillips, the museum has a permanent collection of over 2,500 works of art including some of the finest by Renoir, Matisse, Van Gogh, Rothko, Cezanne, O’Keeffe, Eakins, Whistler, Degas and Monet. Special exhibitions, tours, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, and events are regularly scheduled.