One of the perks of living in and around Washington, D.C., is the access to a ton of free museums. The Smithsonians offer something for everybody and have an impressive collection of pieces in all their buildings.
However, with the busy schedules and natural aversion to tourists that we as Washingtonians all seem to possess, we sometimes forget to get out there and actually visit our amazing museums! The best time to go is when family and friends come to town. They’re going to go anyway, so you may as well tag along. Here are four favorites that everyone in your party will appreciate.1903 Wright Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, and a lunar rock you can touch.” Check out the history of flight around the world and in the United States, as well as the role aerobatics played during both World Wars. The space exhibits will help you explore the American journey to the moon and the space politics of the 1970s. There are tons of interactive activities, and it’s definitely one of the more exciting museums that the Smithsonian has to offer. For the full list of exhibitions, please visit their site here. here. “Star-Spangled Banner, Washington’s uniform, Jefferson’s lap desk, and Dorothy’s ruby slippers.” You can see everything else the museum has to offer by visiting the website here. “introduces you to the people who have shaped the country -- poets, presidents, actors, activists, visionaries, villains ... and everyone in between.” The most famous permanent exhibit is National Presidents, which features an official portrait of every president from George Washington to Barack Obama. We should all take advantage of living in a city which offers such culturally rich museums with free admission. Friends and family coming to visit makes for the perfect opportunity to be a tourist at home. And once you’re done with all that sight-seeing, you can reclaim your "local status" and offer a delicious place for dinner. Which Smithsonian museum is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!