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ARTECHOUSE Immersive Art Experience

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This post is about how to visit ARTECHOUSE in Washington DC, including getting tickets, directions, what you will see at the experience and reviews.

TIP: The experience is an easy walk from the end of our National Mall & Tidal Basin tours

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Artechouse is an immersive art experience that brings art and technology together. The revolving exhibits showcase thematic digital arts with interactive elements and a futuristic bar.

The experience is located in Southwest DC.

It is tucked away in a nondescript building near the new Salamander luxury hotel and easily accessible.

You should plan to spend about 30-45 minutes here, longer if you plan to have a drink. There is a generous hour limit that is sometimes enforced on crowded days.

The Artechouse is a great thing to do with kids of any age.

Kids under 4 get in for free and the family pack is a great deal. There is no age restrictions to the experience and younger kids will love the interactive exhibits.


Getting There

Artechouse is located at 1238 Maryland Ave SW. (map)

By Metro

  • Smithsonian (Blue, Orange, Silver)
  • L'Enfant Plaza (Blue, Orange, Silver, Yellow, Green)

You can use this Google Map to get exact directions from your point of departure to the experience.

If you are new to DC, you may find the following posts regarding the metro helpful.

By Bus

M15 North and South Bound. There is a bus stop at the corner of Grand and Allen Streets. 

By Car: There is limited street parking in the area and much of it is taken by the area hotel valet parking. There is an affordable parking garage next to the Artechouse.

TIP: Many sightseeing bus tours have stops by L'Enfant Plaza within walking distance. 

If you are thinking of taking a bus tour, see our post about which DC bus tour is best? 


Artechouse Hours

The experience is open 7 days a week, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. While individual exhibits may differ, often the experience is open on holidays.


Choosing the Best Time for You

Tickets to Artechouse are valid for one hour. As space allows, you may be able to stay longer but in the event of private tours or overcrowding they reserve the right to enforce a one hour time limit.

Since tickets are sold for specific times and are limited to every hour, there is not much of a difference between any particular time.

The entire experience is indoors with no windows so time of day does not affect the viewing.

Evening time slots from 530 pm and later do sell out faster and are likely going to be more crowded.


TICKETS

This unique experience can sometimes sell out of tickets. We highly recommend that you buy your tickets in advance. 


Standard Tickets: 

  • Adults $25
  • DC Resident $20
  • Student/Senior/Military/First Responder $18
  • Child 4-15 $17
  • Children under 4 are free

TIP: There is a family pack option for 2 adults and 2 kids for $18 per person.

You can purchase tickets on their website or in-person.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Strollers, large bags, and even stiletto heels are not allows. Since the experience is immersive, the floor is a screen, too!
  • You must have a valid government ID that matches your tickets and the credit card used to purchase the tickets.
  • You will not be allowed in earlier than your ticketed time and there is only a very small waiting area (literally one bench!)
  • Re-entry is not allowed once you enter the space
  • The entire space is ADA accessible.

REVIEWS OF ARTECHOUSE

Artechouse has a very good 4 star Google Reviews rating. Overall, guests have been very pleased with their experiences.  

Many reviews point out that the visual experience is stunning.

Guests have been mostly pleased by the immersive experiences.

There are some, but not many, negative reviews. The most frequent complaint is that it is too expensive.


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About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: November 18th, 2022
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