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National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC
National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC

Luxury Hotel near Smithsonian Museums

Soaking up our hospitality here at The Alexandrian, you have at your disposal some of the most celebrated museums on the globe: the outstanding and varied institutions under the mantle of the venerable Smithsonian Institution.

All but three of the 19 museums and galleries run by the Smithsonian reside in Washington, D.C., and each one of those is free to visit. They’re only a few miles north from our Autograph Collection hotel here in Alexandria, Virginia: some of the undisputed highlights of a whole passel of world-class attractions in our D.C.-area neighborhood!

Surveying the Smithsonian Museums

The Smithsonian’s roughly 154-million-strong collection makes it the largest museum on the planet: a stunning repository of knowledge and wonderment all the more remarkable for its lack of admission fees.

Many of the museums and galleries form iconic landmarks of the National Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum, which encompasses a fantastic collection of historic aircraft, spacecraft, and other artifacts: among them the 1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo Lunar Module LM-2, and a backup mirror for the Hubble Space Telescope.

The newest of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened in 2016 in a ceremony attended by then-President Barack Obama. It displays everything from some of Harriet Tubman’s personal possessions and Nat Turner’s bible to Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and Michael Jackson’s fedora.

One of the most comprehensive collections of artifacts and artwork from the Western Hemisphere’s indigenous peoples resides in the National Museum of the American Indian, with thousands of years of history—including some very vital present-day culture—on display.

Then there’s the National Museum of American History, which holds such treasures as the uniform George Washington wore in the last decade of his life (and in which he posed for many famous portraits) and the American flag raised over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem.

The Smithsonian’s National Mall landmarks also include the most popular natural-history museum anywhere, the National Museum of Natural History, home to such superlative exhibits as the Hall of Mammals, the Ocean Hall, and the Hall of Human Origins. (Currently you can view some of the museum’s famous dinosaur skeletons in The Last American Dinosaurs exhibit on the second floor; the new-and-improved National Fossil Hall is slated for a much-anticipated reopening in 2019.)

Art lovers, meanwhile, have the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Freer and Sackler galleries devoted to Asian works. And be sure to spare some time for the Smithsonian Visitor Center, housed in the astonishing 1855-built “Castle” close to the National Mall.

Delve Into the Wonderful Worlds of the Smithsonian Museums With a Getaway to The Alexandrian

Enjoying the lavish Autograph Collection-style accommodations of The Alexandrian with a daytrip (or three) to the singular Smithsonian museums of Washington, D.C.: an unbeatable combination we hope you’ll come experience with us!

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