Washington DC Attractions &  Educational Resources


Four modules (Gettysburg, Government, Museums, Memorials), each consisting of a series of outstanding lesson plans will be provided to your school to use before, during and after your tour. This educational support material is so comprehensive and unique that you have to see it for yourself.   Offered exclusively for customers of Student Adventures - FREE !


Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum  maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world including the original Wright Brother's 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch.  Educator Resources

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History contains over 500 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. Educator Resources


Smithsonian National Museum of American History  collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history.  Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.  Educator Resources

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian  is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere.  Educator Resources

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum  provides a powerful lesson for all visitors regarding the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. Educator Resources


Arlington National Cemetery is a military cemetery located in Arlington County, Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and near The Pentagon. It is home to The Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Tomb of the Unknowns honors an unidentified American soldier from World War I, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.


National Archives  The National Archives is home to the original copies of the the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It also hosts a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I.


The U.S. Capitol  The U.S.Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. The Senate and the House of Representatives have met here for more than two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.


The White House The White House is the home of the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.  To arrange a public tour of the White House Trip Leaders should send a written request to their Member of Congress. Appointments are accepted up to six months in advance. These self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fridays, and 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturdays (excluding federal holidays).


George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens  Roughly 500 acres of this historic estate have been preserved 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the banks of the Potomac River. Visitors can see 20 structures and 50 acres of gardens as they existed in 1799. The estate also includes a museum, the tombs of George and Martha Washington, Washington's greenhouse, an outdoor exhibit devoted to American agriculture as practiced by Washington, the nation's most important memorial to the accomplishments of 18th-century slaves, and a collection which features numerous decorative and domestic artifacts.  Educator Resources

Ford’s Theatre Museum Ford's Theatre was the location of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on the night of April 14, 1865 while the President and Mrs. Lincoln were attending a performance of the play, "Our American Cousin."  Educator Resources

Peterson House Located across the street from Ford’s Theater, Peterson House is where President Abraham Lincoln died after he was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth.

Newseum is adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall and offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. It features seven levels of galleries, and offers a unique environment that takes museum goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.  Educator Resources

The National Gallery of Art  The museum houses an extensive collection of U.S. and European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and graphic arts from the 12th to 21st centuries.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment includes more than 700 artifacts related to the history of crime and the consequences of crime in America and in American popular culture. The museum features exhibits on colonial crime, pirates, Wild West outlaws, gangsters, the Mob, mass murderers, and white collar criminals. It also has twenty-eight interactive stations including the high-speed police chase simulators used in the training of law enforcement officers, and a Firearms Training Simulator similar to that utilized by the FBI. Educator Resources


International Spy Museum The museum has over 600 artifacts in over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space relating the history of espionage and spies in real-world practice and in popular culture.

U. S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a great place to learn all about U.S. paper currency.  You can see millions of dollars being printed as you walk along the gallery overlooking the production floor!  The free 40-minute experience includes an introductory film and gallery tour of the production process.  The visitor center includes exhibits and currency products for sale.

National Museum of Health and Medicine is located on the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Museum houses a collection of over 24 million items including archival materials, anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments and artifacts, and microscope slide-based medical research collections.


Smithsonian National Zoological Park The National Zoo, Washington DC's 163-acre zoological park set within the Rock Creek National Park, features more than 400 different species of animals. The National Zoo is a part of the Smithsonian Institution and admission is FREE!  Educator Resources


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts The Center, which opened on September 8, 1971, produces and presents theater, dance, ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. It is the nation’s busiest performing arts facility and annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling nearly two million.

Washington National Cathedral  The cathedral is neogothic design and the sixth largest cathedral in the world. It is also the second largest in the United States and location of the tomb of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.
St. Matthew’s Cathedral St. Matthew's Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. The structure is Romanesque with Byzantine elements and was designed by architect C. Grant La Farge. It is shaped like a Latin cross and seats about 950 persons

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception The Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the United States, the eighth largest religious structure in the world, and the tallest building in Washington, D.C. An estimated one million pilgrims from around the country and the world visit the basilica each year.


The Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.  Educator Resources

The U.S. Navy Museum – (www.history.navy.mil/branches/org8-1.htm) The U.S. Navy Museum is devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the museum chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to present conflicts. Educator Resources

The Pentagon 911 Memorial The Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 people whose lives were lost at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001.

Albert Einstein Memorial The Albert Einstein Memorial is a bronze statue depicting Albert Einstein seated with manuscript papers in hand and is located in a grove of trees at the southwest corner of the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue, near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

African American Civil War Memorial & Museum The African American Civil War Museum uses photographs and documents to help visitors understand the African American's heroic and largely unknown struggle for freedom for all.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 
Preserved by the National Park Service, this site was the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the nineteenth century. Douglass lived in this house, which he named Cedar Hill, from 1877 until his death in 1895.

Iwo Jima Memorial The United States Marine Corps War Memorial honors those Marine Corps members who have given their lives for our country. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775.  Educator Resources

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial  honors the 32nd President of the United States. The memorial traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms, each one devoted to one of FDR's terms of office.
Washington Monument  The monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution.
Jefferson Memorial The memorial is dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and the third president of the United States.   

Vietnam Veterans Memorial The memorial honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in Vietnam/South East Asia, and those service members who were unaccounted for (Missing In Action) during the War.
Korean War Veterans Memorial The memorial commemorates those who served in the Korean War.
Lincoln Memorial  The memorial was built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

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