There is no way that you can come to DC and not visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. For one, they're free and conveniently located in the same building and two, they're a couple of the most important art museums in the world. Combine these facts and you have yourself a cultured and cost-effective DC day that will be a lot of fun if spent with other Trabblrs.
The AAM is the nation's first collection of American art, featuring over 7,000 artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe and John Singleton Copley. The museum is humongous with one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. You can see what's on here. The NPG is unsurprisingly a collection of portraits of individuals who have had a profound effect on America and its culture. From poets and presidents to visionaries and villains, famous Americans are immortalized via a variety of visual media. The America's Presidents exhibition is especially popular. Because the Smithsonian has so much to offer, we suggest Trabblrs to take their time and focus on collections that are especially intriguing.
When you need to replenish yourself, we recommend skipping museum food and instead making a bee line for El Rinconcito for some incredible Salvadorean and Tex-Mex. The restaurant is located on 11th St. NW and M St. NW. Other restaurants may try to lure you in but be strong - a meal here is unforgettable.
Meeting point: By the self-check coat room in the F Street lobby. To get to the museum, take the Green, Red, or Yellow Line to the Gallery Place - Chinatown station.
Leaders, there are free walk-in tours of the AAM and NPG led by docents. The AAM schedule can be found here and the NPG schedule can be found here. Tours meet in the F Street lobby. The museum is open from 11:30am to 7pm everyday.