The National Mall in Washington DC houses a number of impressive museums and most of them are an absolute treat to the ones who love to learn more about the rich history and culture of the United States. The National Museum of Natural History, Freer|Sackler Galleries, and other Smithsonian museums in this city is an excellent way to explore art, science, history, and more.
The best thing about these museums is that they offer free admission to both tourists and natives at all times of the year. Moreover, most of the Smithsonian museums in the National Mall will remain open to the public on most days except on December 25. Some of the best free museums that you should visit while you are going on Washington DC bus tours with your friends or family are listed below.
National Museum of Natural History
It might come as a surprise to you when you hear the fact that the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is the most-visited natural museum in the entire globe. You can find over 126 million specimens of rocks, minerals, fossils, animals, plants, and human cultural artifacts inside this museum. If you are taking your kids with you while you are visiting this museum, then you should try not to miss the Insect Zoo and The Hall of Mammals.
National Museum of American Indian
National Museum of American Indian houses an excellent collection of Native artifacts, archives, photographs, and media that cover the entire Western Hemisphere of the country. The kid-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center will be an absolute delight for both kids and toddlers. In addition to that, you can also find a number of hands-on activities including basket weaving, which will keep both you and your kids busy for a very long time.
National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC is designated to commemorating or honoring the history of flight. The crown jewel of the National Air and Space Museum is its main hall, the Milestones of Flight gallery. This exceptional gallery features John Glenn’s Mercury capsule, the Spirit of St. Louis, Wright Flyer, and a piece of the moon, which is touchable. The family fests and fun story times organized at this museum are something you do not want to miss while you are going on DC bus tours with your family.