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Historic Sites, Monuments & Memorials in Metro DC

DC is rich in historic sites, monuments & memorials. Let CultureCapital guide you to the monuments you know and those that are off the beaten track, as you discover the history of our nation.

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Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Film)
National Archives
Tue, July 29
A landmark in American documentary films, Robert Drew’s cinéma vérité work Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment chronicles how President John F. Kennedy, along with his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, clashed with Alabama Governor George Wallace over racial integration at the University of Alabama in 1963.
K@20 Kreeger Museum 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Kreeger Museum
Thru Thu, July 31
From installations, paintings, sculptures and works on paper to video, the selection offers a fresh perspective,not only on individual practices, but also on the collective strength of Washington’s art community - and honors Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger’s legacy and the Museum’s future.
Melissa Burley
Montpelier Arts Center
Thru Sun, August 3
Melissa Burley exhibits new sculpture, recycled from found objects, and transformed into an exciting, new experience in sculpture.
Jane Austen Film Fest: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Dumbarton House
Wed, August 6
The story is about five sisters - Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia Bennet - in Georgian England whose lives are turned upside down when a wealthy young man (Mr. Bingley) and his best friend (Mr. Darcy) arrive in their neighborhood.
House + Walking Tours: Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Sat, August 9
See in person relics of the war’s turmoil including a Union hospital, grave sites of Confederate spies, and a mansion at the heart of the tragic slave escape ship, The Pearl.
Handwriting Analysis Workshop
National Archives
Wed, August 13
Join us for a special evening viewing of the "Making Their Mark" exhibit and learn the basics of Handwriting Analysis from Edda Manley. Come see what you can discover about a person from the mark they make!
Pina (Film)
National Archives
Thu, August 14
A ground-breaking visionary whose cogent and compelling work with Tanztheater Wuppertal transformed the history of dance, Bausch believed in blending the formal vocabularies of theater, dance, sound, and design.
War of 1812 Walking Tour
Dumbarton House
Sat, August 23 thru Sun, August 24
Visit and view the areas of Georgetown that were part of the conflict, which finally established the United States as a country and not just a former British Colony. The tour ends at the Francis Scott Key
Dolley Day at Dumbarton House: War of 1812 Commemoration
Dumbarton House
Sun, August 24
Celebrate this special day at Dumbarton House with an afternoon of fun and festivities! Make your own ice cream, sample "Dolley" cake and learn period games with Dolley herself!
Women’s History on the Horizon: the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in 2020
National Archives
Tue, August 26
In commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, a discussion on the preparations for upcoming centennial programs and how one hundred years of voting rights has impacted the present-day political, social and economic roles for women.
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil LeClercq (Film)
National Archives
Thu, August 28
The story of prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq is an epic tale of genius, grace, uncertainty, and disaster. Arguably the greatest American dancer of the twentieth century (and a muse to both Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine), she became a polio victim in her late twenties.
Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tue, July 29 thru Tue, October 28
This lively guided walk traces the history and horticulture of centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood across the five-and-a-half-acre landscape.
Homefront 1812: Friends, Family & Foe
Dumbarton House
Thru Sun, November 2
Throughout this exhibition, Dumbarton House aims to present what life on the home front was like during the War of 1812—the suspense, the fear and excitement, the concerns, beliefs and hopes, the highs and lows that the citizens of this country endured for two and a half years of war on their soil.
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
National Archives
Thru Monday, January 5, 2015
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures features original signatures from our nationwide holdings. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, they illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.
John L. Dreyfuss' Inventions
Kreeger Museum
Thru Saturday, April 1, 2017
Rendered for the first time at monumental scale in composite materials, these extraordinary works simultaneously draw on ancient and primal references, while being distinctly contemporary in their conception.
Dumbarton House
District of Columbia
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Fairfax County, Virginia
Kreeger Museum
District of Columbia
Montpelier Mansion
Prince George's County, Maryland
National Archives
District of Columbia
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
District of Columbia