Famous People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Famous People Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of many American heroes and significant figures from throughout the history of the United States. 

This list will compile a number of important burial sites you may want to visit while you’re at Arlington.

Many of the people listed here are included on both our Arlington National Cemetery walking tour.

 


Joe Louis

From 1937-1949, Louis was Heavyweight Champion of the World, which means he held the title longer than any other boxer in history. 

 

Joe Louis Grave at Arlington Cemetery

 

He also defended it more often than any other boxer, including in a match with Max Schmeling, who at the time was representative of Nazi Germany.

 

 

In front of 70,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium, Joe Louis defeated Schmeling in just a little over 2 minutes.

It should be no surprise he also enlisted in the Army and served during WWII.


Thurgood Marshall

Marshall was the first Black man to become a Supreme Court Justice, and he was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967.

 

 Thurgood Marshall Grave at Arlington Cemetery

 

Thurgood Marshall served this role for 24 years, and he was the only Black justice during that time. 

Before becoming a Supreme Court justice, Marshall argued multiple cases before the Supreme Court including Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.

 

 

This landmark case would help to overturn legalized segregation in the United States, previously established during the Plessy v Ferguson case (1896) in which the Supreme Court found that black Americans were “separate but equal.” 


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, often affectionately referred to as “RBG”, was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

She was a trailblazer for women, both generally through her legal advocacy and specifically within the legal profession itself.

She attended Cornell University, where she met her husband Martin Ginsburg, whose status as an Army reservist called to active duty early in their marriage qualified him for burial at Arlington when he passed in 2010. 

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg at Arlington Cemetery

 

Early in her career, she faced constant gender discrimination, even to the point of being denied a Supreme Court clerkship for Associate Justice Frankfurter solely due to her gender, despite graduating tied first in her class from Columbia Law School and having glowing recommendations from her professors.

She eventually attained a clerkship for a federal District Court, but only after the Dean of Columbia Law School threatened to never recommend another graduate if she was not accepted. 

In 1972, she co-founded the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, and from that position she argued hundreds and hundreds of gender-discrimination cases, including six before the Supreme Court, winning five. She became the leading litigator in the entire nation for cases around the cause of rights for women, and in 1980 President Carter nominated her to the DC Circuit Court. 

Though seen as a centrist and moderate when she was on the DC court, after her elevation to the Supreme Court in 1993 she became known as the heart of the liberal wing of the court. Despite this, one of her closest and dearest friends in life was her colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia, who was often seen as the heart of the court’s conservative wing. The two bonded over many things, most especially their love of opera, and indeed, in 2015, an opera was composed about their friendship, simply called Scalia/Ginsburg.


Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers was an activist from Mississippi who was an important part of the early Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and early 1960s before he was brutally assassinated by a white supremacist outside his own home in 1963. 

 

Megar Evers at Arlington Cemetery

 

Evers served in the Army during World War II, between 1943 and 1945.

He served in the European theater and fought in the Battle of Normandy and was later honorably discharged after having achieved the rank of sergeant.

Like many Black veterans returning from fighting for liberty overseas, Evers was struck by the racist inequality and oppression of his home state and joined local Black citizens’ councils to protest the unfair treatment.

This led to his involvement with the NAACP which, after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that eliminated segregation in schooling, used Evers as a test case when he applied for admission to the University of Mississippi Law School and was rejected on account of his race.

Though he never attended the school, his work was instrumental in its eventual desegregation in 1962. 

His shocking assassination would become a crucial turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, causing President Kennedy to ask Congress for sweeping civil rights legislation.

More than 3000 people attended his funeral at Arlington.


John F. Kennedy & Jacqueline Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was one of the most popular presidents in the United States, and he served in the role from 1961 – 1963. 

 

Kennedy Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

 

Kennedy accomplished many great things in his short time as president, but arguably his most important contribution was the expansion of the space program and the call for Americans to reach the moon “before this decade is out.”

Sure enough, Neil Armstrong would be the first human being to set foot on the moon on July 20th, 1969, before the end of the decade.

John F. Kennedy is one of only two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

JFK and Jackie

 

Also known as Jackie, Jacqueline Kennedy was the First Lady and wife of John F. Kennedy. Despite her short time in the spotlight, she managed to become a cultural icon.

One of her most lasting contributions was a massive restoration of the White House, which at the time she had become First Lady, had been filled with pieces that had little or no historical significance.

After her restoration efforts, many historic pieces of furniture and other items were added to the White House, and it has since become quite popular to focus on historical significance when planning designs in this famous building.


Robert F. Kennedy

Robert was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and he would also run for president in 1968.

Robert F. Kennedy served in the United States Navy in WWII, and he would later serve as the US  Attorney General and a US senator from New York.

 

Robert Kennedy Grave at Arlington Cemetery

 

In addition to serving important roles in the military and in government, RFK, or Bobby as he was often called, was also an important figure in the Civil Rights movement, raising awareness about poverty in Black communities and working with Black leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.


Edward M. Kennedy

In addition to being the youngest sibling of John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy was probably best known for his service in the Senate, as he was the third longest-serving senator in United States history.

 

 

Having represented the state of Massachusetts for 43 years, Sen. Kennedy was a well-respected and beloved politician who managed to write more than 300 bills that would be enacted into law.

 

 

Ted Kennedy also served in the United States Army from 1951-1953, which made him eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

He is buried just 100 feet south of his brother Robert F. Kennedy.


William Howard Taft & Helen Herron Taft

Taft was the 27th president of the United States, and he was the first president ever to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Headstone of William H Taft at Arlington Cemetery

 

In addition to serving as president from 1909-1913, he was also the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1921-1930.

His headstone was designed by sculptor James Earle Fraser, and it is designed to resemble classical Greek sculptures with some notable differences including the use of mahogany granite and gold leaf inscriptions.

Helen Taft was the First Lady and wife of William Howard Taft, president of the United States from 1909-1913. According to historical record, she was said to have had as much influence on the president as a cabinet member.

Thanks to her efforts, new safety and sanitary standards were set for federal workplaces. She also played a role in having the White House opened to more visitors.

Also known as Nellie, she planted the first saplings of what would become more than 3,000 Cherry Blossom trees along Washington DC’s Tidal Basin, which have become famous throughout the world and the center of the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

After her death in 1943, she was buried alongside her husband in.


Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert was the first son of Abraham Lincoln, and he was the only son of Lincoln to survive into adulthood.

He served General Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War as an Army captain. After his role in the war, he became a successful lawyer in Chicago.

While he was never interested in becoming president like his father, Robert would accept an appointment as the Secretary of War from 1881 – 1885 and later as US Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1889 – 1893.

Robert Todd Lincoln’s memorial was designed by James Earle Fraser, who also worked on the Taft headstone.


Abner Doubleday

Many may recognize the name Abner Doubleday as “the man who invented baseball” but historians have proven conclusively that this story was a complete fabrication pushed by a friend of his 15 years after his death. Regardless, Doubleday was a distinguished military hero who is certainly worthy of celebration.

Abner Double Day in Arlington National Cemetery

After graduating from West Point, he fought in the Mexican-American War, served as second-in-command at Fort Sumter where he fired the first cannon shot of the Civil War, and held the patent for the first cable car in San Francisco when he was stationed there after the war.


John Herschel Glenn Jr.

Also known simply as John Glenn, he was one of the seven original astronauts in NASA’s Project Mercury, and he was the first American to orbit the earth on February 10th, 1962.

John Glenn Grave at Arlington Cemetery

Before these accomplishments, Glenn was an incredible fighter pilot with a long resume including 59 combat missions in WWII and 90 combat missions in Korea.

Following the Korean War, John Glenn became a test pilot, where he would become the first person to perform a transcontinental supersonic flight in 1957.

John Glenn

Glenn also served as a US senator from Ohio for four consecutive terms, and he was welcomed back to the space program in 1988 for the Space Shuttle Discovery mission, where he became the oldest person to go to space at the age of 77. 


Lee Marvin

Although he’s probably best known as an American actor, Lee Marvin served as a scout sniper in WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart during his service for being shot in the spine during the Battle of Saipan.

 

Lee Marvin at Arlington Cemetery

 

He spent a year rehabilitating and would eventually make a full recovery and became a major star in Hollywood.

Lee starred in over 100 different films, including many notable westerns and action films such as The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Dirty Dozen, The Killers, and Cat Baillou.

 

Lee Marvin

 

Lee Marvin won several awards during his time as an actor, including the Golden Globe, an Oscar, a BAFTA award and many others.


Maureen O’Hara

As an actress, many fans will be familiar with her roles in Miracle on 34th Street, The Parent Trap, McLintock, Rio Grande, How Green Was My Valley and many other popular movies. While most film buffs know her from her many important roles, you might not know that she was buried at Arlington with her third husband, Brigadier General Charles F. Blair Jr.

 

Maureen O'Hara

 

Blair Jr. initially served in the US Air Force, and after his service he would eventually become the chief pilot of Pan Am.

Blair Jr. started his own airline, Antilles Air Boats in the US Virgin Islands. He wanted O’Hara to quit acting and help him run the business. In 1978, he died while piloting one of his planes. After he passed away, O’Hara took over the business and became the first woman president of a United States airline. 


Charles Durning

Durning was yet another actor who initially served as a soldier in WWII, and he was actually part of the first wave of troops to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

 

Charles Burning Arlington National Cemetery

 

He was the sole survivor of his original unit, but he would go on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. After being captured by Germans, he was one of the only American soldiers to escape the “Malmedy Massacre” during which German troops opened fire on their prisoners.

Durning was awarded 3 Purple Hearts, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the French Legion of Honor. After returning home, Charles became an actor, and he said that it helped him to process psychological trauma from his experiences in the war.

Charles Durning starred in several notable films including The Muppet Movie, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Dog Day Afternoon, Tootsie and The Sting.


Glenn Miller

Known as one of the most popular big-band and swing performers of his time, Glenn Miller recorded several notable songs as a civilian including Pennsylvania 6-5000, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo and more.

 

Glenn Miller Grave at Arlington Cemetery

 

After making an impression in the musical world as a best-selling artist from 1939-1942, he decided to join the war effort and persuaded the Army to accept him so he could modernize the Army band.

Miller was somewhat successful in changing the way that Army bands played music, but he was probably most successful in boosting morale during WWII.

 

Glenn Miller

 

Sadly, Glenn Miller would go missing in December of 1944 when his plane did not arrive in Paris and disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. Miller was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.


Audie Murphy

Audie Murphy was an American soldier during World War II, and later became an actor, songwriter, and rancher. As anyone from Texas, his home state, should know, he is one of the most decorated soldiers in our nation’s history, and indeed earned every combat award for valor that the Army had, as well as additional decorations from the grateful nations of France and Belgium.

 

Audie Murphy Gravesites

 

This is even more impressive when you learn that his sister had to falsify his birth certificate so he could enlist after the attack on Pearl Harbor, because he was otherwise too young to serve.

 

Audie Murphy at Arlington Cemetery

 

Murphy wrote his memoirs of his incredible deeds in WWII in 1949, and in 1955 those memoirs were turned into a movie, To Hell and Back, in which he also starred as himself. He went on to act in several other rolls, mostly Westerns. His life was cut tragically short and he died in a plane accident in 1971 at the age of 46.


George C. Marshall

While some of the other people on this list might be more recognizable, George C. Marshall is arguably one of the most important men buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Gravesite of George Marshall at Arlington Cemetery

 

Marshall was the Chief of Staff of the US Army during WWII, directing the largest expansion of Army forces in the history of the United States from less than 200,000 to more than 8 million soldiers.

In 1944, Marshall was made a 5-Star General of the Army, the highest possible rank in the United States. After the war, he would be appointed Secretary of State (1947-1949) and Secretary of Defense (1950-1951).

 

George C Marshall

 

In addition to his military role, he also conceived the economic recovery plan for postwar in Western Europe, often called “The Marshall Plan”,  and for this he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.


John Foster Dulles

Dulles was a fairly important figure in American history, serving in many different roles throughout his life.

 

John Dulles at Arlington Cemetery

 

After graduating from Princeton and the George Washington University Law School, he received an Army commission during WWI and became a major on the War Industries Board.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Dulles as legal counsel to the United States Delegation attending the Paris Peace Conference.

From 1953-1959, Dulles served as Dwight Eisenhower’s Secretary of State. In that capacity, he helped craft the United States’ response to communism and the Cold War by focusing on alliances like NATO to contain what he saw as Soviet aggression. He also notably helped to instigate the 1953 Iranian coup and began America’s involvement in South Vietnam. 

 

John Foster Dulles

 

The main international airport for the Washington DC area is named for him.


Tuskegee Airmen

After decades of a discriminatory practice keeping black soldiers out of aviation programs, the United States Army Air Corps would finally launch a training program for African Americans in 1941.

 

Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

 

This program was located at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama, near a HBC (Historic Black College) called the Tuskegee Institute.

The 966 fighter pilots that would be trained here came to be known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and they fought in more than 1,800 missions during WWII.

In honor of their contribution to the Army, the entire group have been honored with this plaque and a memorial tree in Arlington National Cemetery.


Space Shuttle Challenger

Although the NASA space program has seen some of the most significant and important success in the history of our species’ experience in space, not every mission was successful.

 

Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

 

In 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger took off for space, but only 78 seconds after takeoff, the shuttle exploded. Everyone on board was killed in the explosion.

This was a particular tragedy for the nation’s school children, as one of the astronauts, Christa McAuliffe, was to be the first civilian in space. She was chosen from over 11,000 applicants to NASA’s “Teacher in Space” program, and due to this many classrooms across the country were watching live as the tragedy unfolded.

In honor of the crew’s sacrifice for the advancement of science, the cremated remains of each astronaut have been buried at the Challenger Memorial here.


Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

This may be the most well known memorial in all of Arlington National Cemetery, and that is because it honors not just a person, but an idea.

 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery

 

Initially built as the final resting place for an unidentified soldier during WWI, the tomb has since been expanded to honor unidentified soldiers who died in later wars: WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The unknown soldier from the Vietnam War has been identified as Michael Joseph Blassie, Jr. 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been a place where presidents, politicians, public figures, and service members have come to honor the veterans of the United States of America.

Today, the memorial continues to serve as a symbol of the sacrifice given by members of the military and the idea that no soldier who fights for their country should be forgotten.

You can read more about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in detail on our post.


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Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Guide

This post is a guide to the Martin Luther King, Jr (MLK) Memorial in Washington, DC.

We provide tips on planning your visit as well as a self-guided and video walkthrough of the memorial to help explain its design concepts.

Let’s get started!

 

 


INTRODUCTION

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is Washington D.C.’s newest monument and the nation’s first to honor an African- American man.

It is located at 1964 Independence Ave SW, an address that represents the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sits along the Tidal Basin.

 

MLK Memorial DC

 

It features a 30-foot (9m) tall granite relief of Dr. King carved into a large stone along with walls of some of his famous quotes.

The statue was carved by Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin and the memorial as a whole was designed by Marshall Purnell. It was built between 2009 and 2011.

There is also a memorial gift shop and book store with a small visitor center + restrooms and water fountains.

TIP: Free Tours by Foot visits the MLK Memorial on our Tidal Basin and All-in-One DC Tours.




PLAN YOUR VISIT

Operating Hours

The MLK Memorial is open 24 hours a day and National Park Service Rangers are on duty every day from 9:30 am until 11:30 pm (23:50) (except for Christmas Day) to answer questions.

This is a stunning memorial to visit at night and is a stop on our Memorials and Moonlight tour. It is beautifully lit and a safe area to visit at night. 

The memorial book shop and gift store is open daily from 9:00 am until 6 pm (18:00).

The bookshop is located across the street in the same building as the bathrooms and the Ranger Station.

Rangers also provide interpretive programs every hour on the hour from 10:00 am to 11 pm (23:00).


How to Get Here

The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial is located on the west shore of the Tidal Basin, at 1964 Independence Ave SW, between the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the National Mall (map).  

 

How to Get to MLK Memorial

 

Due to its location, you might find it beneficial to also plan to visit other memorials that are adjacent or nearby, such as:

Be sure to read our guide to all memorials and monuments in Washington, DC.


Public Transit 

The nearest Metro subway station is the Smithsonian Metro Station and can be accessed by the BLUE, ORANGE, OR SILVER Metro lines.

You will need to walk for approximately 20 minutes, or 1 mile, to reach the memorial.

 

DC Circulator Bus

 

We recommend taking advantage of the Circulator Bus’s National Mall route, which you can hop onto at the Smithsonian Station.

The Circulator is a free bus option that makes a stop right in front of the MLK Memorial.

Alternatively, if you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, keep in mind that all tours make a stop at the memorial. 


Parking 

Parking can be found along Ohio Drive, just to the west of the MLK Memorial and south of the Lincoln Memorial. 

Additional parking is located behind the Jefferson Memorial along Ohio Drive, in parking lots A, B, and C.

 

Parking at the Lincoln Memorial

 

During peak tourism seasons, parking is very limited, but if you are patient, you will find spots here.

There are a few commercial parking facilities in the area. You can pay online ahead of time for a guaranteed space with SpotHero.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the National Mall SpotHero Parking Page, and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Click here to download the SpotHero app.


Accessibility/Bathrooms

The Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial is fully handicap accessible.

There is a vehicular drop-off point on West Basin Drive and wheelchairs can be borrowed from the visitor’s center/bookstore near the entrance.

Bathrooms are located across West Basin Drive in the same building as the bookstore and Ranger Station.

 


MLK Memorial Design

There are many overt as well as hidden symbolism contained within the memorial as a whole.  

MLK Statue

Technically speaking, there is no statue at the MLK Memorial.

Rather, the centerpiece of the memorial is a 30′ (9 m) tall stone block with an unfinished likeness of Martin Luther King, Jr emerging from its southern side.

 
MLK Memorial
Although there are no quotes from Dr. King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, this centerpiece alludes to a powerful analogy that he used in the speech to describe the importance of faith in the struggle for civil rights, that

“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.”  


NOTE: There is an inscribed stone at the Lincoln Memorial with the words “I Have a Dream”


The memorial’s designers intended that the visitor would walk through the mountain of despair to the stone of hope.  
 

Stone of Hope MLK

 

The memorial’s stone of hope appears to be quarried (hewed) from a larger stone, a slow a laborious process, much like the process to end racial segregation and discrimination in the U.S. 

The stone has been pushed forward, symbolizing the forward progress in the achievement of civil rights in America.  

The likeness of MLK is unfinished, just as his life was tragically cut short at just 39 years of age, and just as the movement for civil rights he helped lead is unfinished today.  

King is looking south toward the horizon, paper, possibly a speech or sermon in hand, in a defiant pose, symbolizing his defiance of injustice.


Memorial Walls

The other major element of the memorial is the long arched wall filled with quotations from King’s speeches and sermons.  

 

MLK Quote Wall

 

The arched wall alludes to a sermon he delivered at the Sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood on February 25, 1965. 

In this speech, he described his confidence in the ultimate triumph of the civil rights movement in the struggle for human dignity.

And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

The wall contains quotes from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to King’s final Sunday sermon, which took place at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on March 31, 1968, just days before his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.  

The quotes are not listed in chronological order, designed so that the visitor can explore the memorial at his or her own pace and direction.

Other Interesting Facts About the MLK Memorial’s Symbolism

The 30′ height of the Stone of Hope far exceeds the customary limit of 19.5′ for statues in Washington, DC. 

However, the figure of MLK is a relief (similar to the presidential images on Mt. Rushmore), and thus not considered a statue.

Both the stone and the sculptor, Lei Yixin, were ‘imported’ from China.  There were prominent voices that felt the sculptor should have been an American.  

The Memorial’s board, comprised mainly of African American architects, sculptors and drafters, stated that they based their decision on the content of the sculptor’s talent and not on his skin color or nationality, something they felt the Dr. King would have sanctioned.


GUIDED TOURS AND RANGER TALKS

Just about every sightseeing tour in Washington, DC makes a stop at the MLK Memorial, including us, DC by Foot.  

 

 

The memorial is a stop on 2 of our most popular walking tours. 

  • Daily National Mall Tours
  • National Mall and Tidal Basin Tours

Browse our live schedule.

There are also several sightseeing bus tours, bike tours, and Segway tours that offer guided walks as part of their tours, including walks of the memorial.


National Park Ranger Talks

Park Rangers, as well as volunteers, provide daily “interpretive programs” on the hour every hour from 10 a.m. until 11:00 pm (23:00). These talks are free.

 


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Washington DC Monuments

25 Washington DC Monuments

This post is an overview with links to further resources of our list of the 25 top monuments and memorials you must see in Washington DC.

 


TOP 25 MONUMENTS TO SEE IN DC

DC is full of memorials and monuments to presidents, wars, servicemen, and individuals.

We’ve comprised a list of the top 25 you should see on your visit to Washington, DC, with sections below if you have time for more.

Unless otherwise noted, every memorial listed on this page is open 24 hours a day. 




MEMORIALS TO U.S. PRESIDENTS

There are roughly a dozen memorials and monuments to U.S. presidents.

Some of them are part of larger sights, such as JFK’s gravesite inside of Arlington Cemetery.

 

Presidential Memorials Washington DC

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Most of the presidential monuments and memorials listed below are visited or covered on our National Mall walking tours


Washington Monument

The Washington Monument is one of the most iconic monuments in Washington, DC.

This 555′ (170 m) obelisk honors George Washington, the commanding general for the Colonies during the American Revolution and our very first president.

 

 

It is usually open to the public and free to go into and boasts the best view of Washington, DC. We have a post that explains how to get tickets and how to plan your visit.

However, it is currently under construction, but the elevators should be repaired and the monument open to the public Fall 2019.


Lincoln Memorial

Arguably the most well-known of all DC memorials, the Lincoln Memorial honors Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president and probably the country’s most beloved.

It is located on the western end of the National Mall.

 

 

This memorial, made of white marble and designed in part to resemble a Greek Doric temple, is instantly recognizable to most visitors to the city.

You could learn all about his last days on our Lincoln Assassination Tour.


Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson was our 3rd president and was perhaps best known for writing the American Declaration of Independence, which today is on display at the National Archives.

 

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

 

The Jefferson Memorial sits on the Tidal Basin, on the southwestern side of the National Mall.

Modeled after the Parthenon in Rome as well as Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, it is also instantly recognizable.  


Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

The longest memorial is for our 32nd and longest-serving president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Located adjacent to the Jefferson Memorial, this memorial is often overlooked.

 

FDR and Fala Statue

 

The FDR Memorial has 5 rooms that stretch along the western edge of the Tidal Basin, that includes one room for each of his presidential terms as well as a prologue room.

Each room tells the story of each term through sculpture, inscriptions, and waterfalls.

This memorial is a standout because it is one of the few major memorials in Washington, DC to be designed by a landscape architect.

There is also a small monument to FDR on the grounds of the National Archives.


John F. Kennedy Memorial Flame

This simple but powerful memorial to President Kennedy is also his memorial gravesite. He is buried alongside his wife and 2 children.

 

John F Kennedy Grave Arlington Cemetery

 

It is located in the heart of Arlington National Cemetery and is a stop on both our tour guide led walk as well as our GPS-led audio tour.

It is only accessible when the cemetery is open, so read our guide by clicking the link just above.

In addition to this memorial gravesite, there is also the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, which is a national memorial to President Kennedy.


Ulysses S. Grant

A quick stop from the United States Capitol is the General Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, the largest equestrian monument in the United States.

The memorial honors both Grant as president but also, and even more so, as a general in the American Civil War.

Interested in knowing more about this memorial? Listen to our podcast (Tour Guide Tell All) all about it:

 

The memorial includes an equestrian statue of Grant with depictions of Union cavalry and artillery on both his flanks.

 

Ulysses S Grant Memorial DC

 

It is located just below the Capitol Building in Union Square and is a great spot for photos after your Capitol Hill Tour.


Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

This somewhat remote memorial is located on a small island in the Potomac River just across from the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and south of the Georgetown Waterfront.

 

 

The memorial consists of 4 massive granite tablets placed on a plaza in the middle of a naturally landscaped park.

The memorial’s design was influenced by Roosevelt’s dedication to the preservation of America’s natural environment and the island consists of 3 ecosystems.


Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial was dedicated on September 17th, 2020 on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. 

 

 

This is one of the newest memorials in Washington DC, and it’s located on the south end of the National Mall. Check out our Virtual Tour for more details.


Other Presidential Memorials in DC

There are a few more monuments and memorials of U.S. presidents that deserve a visit. 

NOTE: None of these is officially a national presidential memorial as are the memorials mentioned above.


Woodrow Wilson House

This national historic landmark is located in a pleasant neighborhood just off of Embassy Row is where President Wilson lived after office until the day he died.

 

Woodrow Wilson House

 

The house is a museum to Wilson the man and open for tours daily with the exception of Mondays. The house is located near the end of our Embassy Row Tours.

Wilson is also the only former president to be buried in Washington, DC. You can pay your respects at the Washington National Cathedral.


Garfield Monument

A monument to James A. Garfield on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol grounds. Garfield was the 2nd U.S. President to be assassinated in office.

Our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All, talks about this memorial:

 


Andrew Jackson

The Andrew Jackson Statue is located in the middle of Lafayette Square Park, which itself is located on the North Front of the White House.

This equestrian statue honors Jackson as a great general in the War of 1812 rather than as a U.S. president. It’s identical to the one found in Jackson Square in New Orleans.

It is from this statue that we begin our Lincoln Assassination Tour


Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove

The LBJ Grove on the Potomac is the place the president often escaped to when he needed a moment of peace.

This is why his wife chose the spot on the river to dedicate to her late husband, a place to be enjoyed by visitors today.


James Buchanan

The 15th President of the United States James Buchanan has a statue in Meridian Hill Park.

Listen to our podcast (Tour Guide Tell All) talk all about it:

 


WAR AND MILITARY SERVICE MEMORIALS 

Below we have listed the Top 5 war and service memorials to see in Washington, DC.

We also have a secondary list of other war and service memorials to see should you have time.

 

US War Memorials in Washington DC

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Most of the presidential monuments and memorials listed below are visited or covered on our National Mall walking tours


WW2 Memorial

The WW2 Memorial is a triumphant display of victory in the heart of the National Mall.

This 7 acre (3 hectares) memorial is made of granite and is replete with symbols of victory and peace.

 

 

The memorial is located on the National Mall directly between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Check out our guide to the World War 2 Memorial.


Vietnam Memorial

Controversial and the recipient of mixed reviews at the time of its dedication in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has since become one of the country’s most visited and well-respected memorials. 

 

Washington DC Vietnam Memorial Day

 

The memorial features the names of more than 58,000 Americans who sacrificed their lives in service to their country. bit also has additional statues added after the original dedication.

It is located at the west end of the National Mall adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial and nearby to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. 


Korean War Veterans Memorial

Located in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, this often overlooked memorial is to the surprise of many visitors their favorite memorial in all of Washington, DC.

 

Memorial Wall Korean War Memorial

 

It is dedicated to the millions of Americans who served in uniform during the Korean War and is rich in symbolism, which we explain in fuller detail.

Like all memorials in DC, it is open 24 hours each day and is certainly a memorial worth visiting both during the day and at night.


Iwo Jima Memorial

The moment that six figures raised a flag on top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific was captured by AP journalist Jason Rosenthal and became the symbol of victory in the Pacific during WW2.

 

US Marine Corp Memorial Iwo Jima

 

This image was recreated and cast in bronze, the figures 32 feet (9 m) tall and honoring the Marines that have served our nation since its beginning in 1776.

This memorial is located a short walk outside of Arlington National Cemetery and is a great thing to after your visit. 


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is our nation’s most sacred burial ground for America’s fallen military members.

It is an active cemetery with roughly 2 dozen funerals taking place on most days of the week.

 

 

It is also home to many memorials that visitors can see on a guided tour, including the final resting spot of two of our presidents, President Howard Taft, and President John F Kennedy


Other War and Service Memorials:

There are a number of other war and service memorials located all around Washington, DC:


MEMORIALS TO INDIVIDUAL (NON-PRESIDENTS)

There are a number of memorials around Washington, DC to commemorate great individuals who helped shape our nation.

 

DC Memorials to Non Presidents

Click the map for a larger map.

Below is a list of our Top 5 Individual Memorials to see, and then a few more if you have the time.


MLK Memorial

The newest memorial on the National Mall honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr for his work in the Civil Rights movement.

 

MLK Memorial

 

The highlights of the memorial are the Mountain of Despair and the Stone of Hope, both of which he speaks of in his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

His image is incomplete to symbolize his incomplete life, as he was assassinated in 1968.

Spreading from the Mountain of Despair is a wall (length) with quotes, encasing the memorial with our famous cherry blossom trees, making it a beautiful sight especially in the spring.

Be sure to read our guide to visiting the MLK Memorial.


George Mason Memorial

If you’re making your way around the Tidal Basin, be sure to check out the often overlooked George Mason Memorial located just behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

 

George Mason Memorial DC

 

George Mason was an important Founding Father whose Virginia Declaration of Rights served as a blueprint for Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (located in the National Archives).

We talk about this memorial on our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All:

 

This often bypassed memorial is set in the beautiful “Pansy Garden” and is lovely especially in the spring and is a pleasant surprise any time of year. 


Albert Einstein Memorial

The 12 ft (3.5 m) tall statue of Albert Einstein sits in front of the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue, just across the street from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 

Albert Einstein Memorial DC

 

At the base of the statue is a star map embedded with over 2,700 metal studs representing the accurate position of the planets, sun, moon, stars, and other celestial objects on the day of the dedication, April 22, 1979.

You are encouraged to climb old Albert.


John J. Pershing Memorial

John J. Pershing held the rank of General of the Armies, a rank he shares only with George Washington, thanks to his leadership during World War I.

His statue now sits in front of the Willard Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, a short walk from the White House, and overlooks the site that will soon become the site of the National World War I Memorial.


William Tecumseh Sherman Memorial

William Tecumseh Sherman was a Union Army general during the American Civil War from 1861-1865.

His equestrian statue sits in Sherman Plaza, a part of Presidents Park near the White House.

Close by in front of the Treasury you can also get a glimpse of the statue of Hamilton


Other Individual Memorials:

There are a number of other memorials to individuals around Washington, DC:

  • John Paul Jones, known as the Father of the United States Navy. 
  • John Ericsson, Swedish-born engineer-inventor best known for transforming naval warfare during the Civil War. 
  • Robert A. Taft, former United States Senator  
  • John Marshall, fourth Chief Justice of the United States from 1801-1835
  • Robert F Kennedy (Memorial Stadium), former United States Attorney General

 


EMBASSY ROW STATUES

While DC has a number of memorials to individuals sprinkled throughout the city, we also have a number of statues on Embassy Row.

Below are a few worth visiting, some of which are featured on our Embassy Row walking tour

 

Embassy Row Tour Video

 


Winston Churchill

In front of the British embassy is a statue of Winston Churchill put there in 1966.

If you look closely, he is standing on the edge of the property. One foot is on British soil (the embassy) and the other on American.

 

Winston Churchill Statue DC

 

His mother was American, so the idea was to represent his dual-nationality and his efforts to promote the relationship between the two countries.

He has a cigar in one hand and the other raised with V for Victory.


Nelson Mandela 

In front of the South African embassy is a statue of Nelson Mandela dedicated in 2013.

Mandela stands with his fist raised, reminiscent of when he was released from prison after 27 years on Feb. 11, 1990.


Mahatma Gandhi 

The Indian Embassy gave this statue of Mahatma Gandhi in 2000. It depicts Gandhi on his famous 1930 Salt March to the sea.

Made of red granite from India, both the aesthetic of the stone and his clothing remind us of his dedication to a simple, grounded life.

His peaceful non-violent resistance would be the heart of Indian independence from the British Empire.


St. Jerome 

In front of the Croatian Embassy is the statue of St. Jerome, born in the 300s in what is today Croatia.

He’s most known for translating the Bible into Latin, the Vulgate version still used heavily in Roman Catholic churches.

He was known for criticism of his intellectual rivals and thus is the patron saint of people with difficult personalities.


Robert Emmet

This statue of Robert Emmet is one of four, the others are in San Francisco, Dublin, and Emmetsburg, Iowa. The DC version was dedicated in 1917.

Robert Emmet was an Irish nationalist who tried to lead a rebellion against British rule in 1803. It failed and he was hanged for crimes against the Crown.

While you wouldn’t expect a statue to a failed patriot, his Speech from the Dock that he gave before his hanging inspired other Irish nationalists.


More Statues 

Below are some other statues worth visiting on Embassy Row:


GENERAL/NATIONAL MEMORIALS

Below we have a list of other general and national memorials we believe should be visited on your trip to DC. 


Pentagon Memorial

Outside of the Pentagon, our nation’s Department of Defense, is the Pentagon Memorial, a subtle tribute to those who lost their lives on the morning of 9/11 when American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. 

184 benches mark each life that was lost, a permanent tribute to each victim. Each bench is sorted by age lines of stainless steel strips by the year the victim was born.

It is a lovely, peaceful place to visit and reflect. 


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was built in 1980 for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history.

Visitors from all over the world come to remember and learn about the Holocaust.

Admission is free but lines can get long, and during busy season (March-July) we recommend reserving tickets online to guarantee entrance.


Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Judiciary square honors over 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout American history.

Visitors can etch a name from the wall, taking a piece of that wall home with them. Each year during Police Week new names are added for all those who fell the year before. 


Signers Memorial

Near the Vietnam Memorial is a hidden little place called Constitution Gardens, home to the Signers Memorial honoring the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

To get to it, you must walk across a footbridge to Signers Island. It is a quiet, relaxing place to explore while you are on the National Mall.  

We talk more about this memorial on our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All:

 


Emancipation Memorial

This memorial was funded nearly entirely by former slaves and was their way of paying homage to President Abraham Lincoln for his issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The memorial was dedicated in 1876, not long after the 16th president was assassinated

It is located in Lincoln Park near Eastern Market, a great place to go on a food tour while you’re in DC. 

Listen to our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All, episode about it:

 


Other Memorials

Here are a few other memorials to see in Washington, DC:

Listen to our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All, episode to learn more:

We have an episode about this on Tour Guide Tell All:

 


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Holiday Gift Guide for Travel

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Travelers

Did you forget to get a gift for your #1 travel buddy? Don’t worry – we got you.

Holiday Gift Guide for Travel

 

Our picks for Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Travel Lovers, quick & simple.

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

1. Anything from Scoutberry Shop

You have until December 17th to get in those orders for these adorable handmade travel themed gifts!

Visit Lauren (a former DC tour guide!) shop https://www.scoutberryshop.com/


2. A Free Tours by Foot Private Tour

This has been a hard/non existent year for travel, so why not bring a little travel to them. Free Tours by Foot offers private virtual tours and guided private tours!

They can save it for a future trip or cash it in for a custom virtual tour in cities across the world.

 

Email us at info@freetoursbyfoot.com for options and we’ll email you a gift card to print out or send to them!


3. Custom Camino de Santiago Map

If you know someone who has been or is planning a walk along the Camino, you can order custom maps (or puzzles!) based on their route from A Road to Santiago

Between customizing the design, printing and shipping, this takes about 5 days to get to your traveler.

 


4. Scratch Off Map

Reveal the places you’ve been with vibrant colors and see where there is left to go! This simple quick gift is always a hit with travel lovers.

There are a few options to choose from on Amazon.

      


5. Dopp Kit (Toiletry Bag)

A timeless piece for every traveller, the dopp kit provides a place to store your toiletries. We like the waterproof interior and leather exterior for an option that can last for years and many trips. But Herschel makes a great non-leather bag, too.

  

If you want something more high-end, check out Hunker Bag’s Baxter Travel Kit


6. Collapsible Water Bottle

Our most common recommendation for what to pack is as travel water bottle! This one collapses to fit snugly in your bag between refills.

Uber | The Best Way to Get Around DC

Washington, DC is fortunate to have a great public transportation system, making it quite easy to get around the city.

Between the DC Metro, bus system, and Capital Bikeshare, traveling throughout DC, and to neighboring Virginia and Maryland, can be fairly simple.

However, metro track work and traffic can cause major delays.



Uber is a car-sharing service that operates like a taxi but is safer, cheaper, and more reliable.  

With just one click, guests can request an Uber driver to arrive at a specific location and with a specific type of vehicle.

The cost of sharing an Uber for a family or group of friends is often less than the combined cost of individual metro or bus fares. In addition, Uber is usually cheaper than a taxi ride.

We understand that using an unfamiliar car-sharing service can be intimidating, so we’ve provided some details about how Uber works.

What are the benefits of using Uber? 

  • It’s easy! Simply download the app, create an account, and then order your order driver with just one click!
  • It’s cashless! Never again will you need to worry about carrying enough cash to pay for a cab. Uber users request drivers through the mobile app, and once their ride arrives, the meter starts. Fares are then automatically charged to the card on file and a receipt is sent via email and will appear on your app.uber dc
  • It’s safe! Uber really prioritizes customer safety above anything else. All Uber drivers are required to submit to an extensive background check, including a three-step criminal background screening. Plus, because it’s cashless, you never have to worry about any risk or hassle.
  • It’s friendly! In our experience, Uber drivers tend to be much friendlier and more accommodating than other services. Every now and then you’ll even get a driver who’ll offer you a free bottle of water or some candy, just for riding!
  • It’s everywhere! Well, almost 😉 Registering for an Uber account in Washington, DC doesn’t mean you’re limited to using it here. Uber operates in over 70 cities, all locations of which are available to registered users. Also, our exclusive promotional code “DCbyFoot” enables you to use that $20 in any of Uber’s many cities.
  • It’s family friendly! Uber in Washington, DC recently introduced uberFAMILY, which ensures that, for a $10 surcharge,  your driver will have a car seat so that parents can safely buckle up their little ones. Uber also offers uberSUV, which is ideal for those traveling as a larger group.
  • It’s got a lot of variety! Besides just uberFAMILY and uberSUV, Uber also offers uberX (the economy option), uberBLACK (a high-end sedan), uberTAXI (a regular taxi, without the hassle), and uberLUX (a luxury vehicle).

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The Newseum | A Guide to Online Exhibits

This post is an overview of the Newseum in Washington DC, which closed in 2019 and is now solely online. The museum hopes to reopen at a future date.  

 

 


Before Visiting

It’s not currently possible to visit the Newseum, as they have closed their previous location and are currently in search of a new home.

As of 2020, this is only a temporary setback, but the process will take time, and it’s very likely that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the length of time the moving process will take.

Although they aren’t currently open for business, you can see some of their exhibits online and they also have traveling exhibits you may want to check out.

 

View from the Newseum

 

For the time being, this post will provide details about some of the best online, pop-up, and traveling exhibits available from the Newseum, as well as information about other things to see.

Whenever the Newseum makes any significant changes or finally moves into a new location, we’ll be sure to update you with the most current information about ticket prices and how to get there.

The Newseum is an interactive news and media museum.

It chronicles the history of journalism, explores how new forms of media (such as social media) have changed how the public understands and spreads news.



And it offers a great exhibit on photojournalism, which features a room full of Pulitzer Prize-winning photos.

There are many fun and interactive exhibits for kids of all ages to enjoy. Finally, there are also a number of permanent and temporary exhibits that focus on the news coverage of specific moments in history.


Online Exhibits

This section will detail all of the Newseum exhibits you can currently enjoy online through their website. These offerings may change every few months.


Journalist Memorial

This exhibit was originally placed on a two-story glass structure bearing the names of those in media who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
 

 

The list includes reporters, photographers, editors, and broadcasters.

Remembered here are over 2,200 journalists. The names are updated each here to remember those lost.


“Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus”

This exhibit chronicles the story of a young woman who sent a letter to the New York Sun in 1897 asking whether or not Santa Claus was real.

 

 

The response, which has since gone down in history, was quickly printed as an editorial on Sept. 21st, 1897, and it has since become the most reprinted editorial in the history of journalism.

You can learn all about this and experience the exhibit online for free!


Traveling Exhibits

This section will cover exhibits that were once at the Newseum but are currently available to enjoy at other museums as traveling exhibits.


Pulitzer Prize Photographs.

Showcasing every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942, this exhibit is a highlight of the Newseum.

It has a range of human experiences from all over the world, from war and hunger to dancing and celebration.

Some of the most famous images include the flag-raising over Iwo Jima, Babe Ruth bows out, and the Vulture and the Baby.
 

 

Also, there is a video of interviews with some of the photojournalists whose work is featured, which truly shows how much our memories and our history is shaped by photographs and journalism.  

This exhibit was last on display at the Durham Museum in Omaha, NE until September 20th, 2020. Chances are it will return to a new museum in 2021.

Please note that this exhibit has graphic images and stories and maybe too intense, especially for younger visitors.


Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics

A special look at the intersection of culture, politics, and the news, this temporary exhibition was created in concert with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Music has often pushed the boundaries of social norms, calling for peace during the Vietnam War, gender equality, Civil Rights.

 

 

The exhibit is complete with multimedia experiences, and objects such as Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock Stratocaster, President Bill Clinton’s saxophone, and Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” jewelry. 

This exhibit is currently scheduled to be available for viewing at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, TX from March 2nd, 2020 – January 4th, 2021.


Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

This exhibit features some of the most iconic photography of John F. Kennedy and his family. 

There are more than 70 different photographs in this exhibit, and many of them are credited with helping to make him such a popular president.

 

 

While this attraction was once available at the Newseum, it has been available at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum since May 15th, 2018.

The exhibit is scheduled to remain at the Hyannis Museum until December 12th, 2021.


Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

Learn about the history of the LGBTQ rights movement with this incredible exhibit which will be traveling to a number of different museums in the next few years.

Find out the role that the Stonewall Uprising played in advancing the rights of the LGBTQ community in the United States.

 

 

Starting on June 26th, 2021, this exhibit will be available at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, WA until September 19th.

For more dates and locations, make sure to check the Newseum calendar to find out when and where you can experience this attraction.


40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World

See the incredible photographs of Howard G. Buffett which chronicle the world hunger crisis in an attempt to raise awareness about the issue.

Buffett traveled to more than 137 countries to capture photos of impoverished areas and reveal what life is like in places that most of us will never get to see.

 

 

This exhibit will be at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma, KS from December 15th, 2020 – March 6th, 2021.

In the next two years, it is also scheduled to appear at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, Discovery Park of America and The Durham Museum.


Past Exhibits

This section includes all of the exhibits that are no longer available at the Newseum, but they may return at some point, especially if and when they finally move to a new location.


Front Pages

Each morning, before many of us are awake, more or less outside the museum, the newspapers along Pennsylvania Ave NW are updated.

A front-page from a local newspaper in each state and some major international papers shows you what is important enough to be front-page news around the world.

Sometimes when the story is important enough, you can see over 60 takes on the same story, and others you can see what is big news in Alaska is not covered in Vermont at all.


I-Witness: A 4-D Time Travel Adventure.

An excellent way to begin your visit to the Newseum, the 4-D Time Travel Adventure film chronicles the progress of journalism in 15 minutes.

It tells many of the smaller, sometimes forgotten stories along the way.

In addition, you can expect the room to fill with bubbles, your chair to shake, and perhaps to even feel as if something’s reached out for your leg! 

This is particularly fun for kids and a great way for them to get context before exploring the rest of the museum.

It can be found on the bottom floor of the museum, and usually runs every 30 minutes.


The Berlin Wall Gallery.

The Newseum is home to the largest section of the Berlin Wall anywhere outside of Germany. There are 8 sections of the Wall, each 12 feet high.
 

 

With colorful graffiti on the western side, and whitewashed on the eastern side, it is a stark reminder of a city, and a world divided between the east and west.

As well as the wall, there is a guard tower which used to stand near Checkpoint Charlie, where guards had the orders to shoot to kill.

Especially important in today’s world, are these physical reminders of limitations on free speech.


Inside Today’s FBI.

This is one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibitions, exploring the FBI.

It looks at some of the most shocking cases in recent history, and how their techniques have evolved as technology and crime changed.
 

 

Furthermore, there are objects seized by the FBI like machine guns and bomb parts and discusses terrorist plots like the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Unabomber.

A really interesting look at how the FBI fights crime and the role the media plays in portraying these events.


New Media Gallery

Part of the fun of the Newseum, especially for kids, are the interactive exhibits.

The New Media Gallery features videos and interactive galleries where you can discover about the evolution of media around the world.
 

 

Here you can create your own front page, including your name or photo in the byline to be seen on other platforms across the museum.

You can scroll through updates on breaking news and see how social media has played a role in some of the biggest stories of the past decade.


9/11 Gallery.

This moving exhibit shows the events of September 11, 2001, that shook and forever changed this country.

It includes eye-witness accounts, moving films, stories from journalists, and objects from Ground Zero.
 

 

One of the most visceral pieces in the entire museum is the twisted metal remains of a 360-foot antenna, which used to sit atop the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

Many guests noted that this is the best part of the museum, and worth the visit alone.

The exhibit will bring the events of that day back for those who remember and bring home the importance of it for those who don’t. 

Please note that this exhibit has graphic images and stories and maybe too intense, especially for younger visitors.


Historic Front Pages Collection

The News Corporation News History Gallery is the largest exhibit on the Newseum.

It displays over 300 historic front pages covering wars, assassinations, elections, and other major world events.

 

 
The center of the room features these front pages in drawers that you can pull out to read and the outer edges of the exhibit display artifacts from war reporting, women in the media, and more.

The room is dark to preserve the historic newspapers but the staff is on hand if you need any help.


“PICTURES OF THE YEAR: 75 YEARS OF THE WORLD’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY”

On display through January 2019

Celebrating the renowned photojournalism competition, Picture of the Year International, in its 75th year, this newest exhibit opening in April 2018 displays some of the best of the best.

Ranging from WWII to the present day, you’ll see images tracing the evolution of photojournalism worldwide.


Anchorman.

One of the most popular exhibits ever in the Newseum, based around the hit 2004 film Anchorman a comedy about a news team in the 1970s.

 

 

It included props, behind-the-scenes looks, and an interactive news desk.

While many exhibits in the Newseum can be on the heavy side, this one provided comic relief.


1966: Civil Rights at 50.

This exhibit chronicles the tumultuous events of the Civil Rights movement in 1966.

From the origins of the Black Power movement to more drives for voter registration to riots in major cities, it was a pivotal year.

In addition, this exhibit looks at how the media shaped the movement and people’s perception of it.

 

February Weather in Washington DC

What is the Washington DC Weather like in February?

This post is an overview of the DC weather in February, with tips on how to dress and things to do to help make the most of your trip.

If you’re visiting at the beginning or end of the month, look into the weather in January or March.



HOW COLD IS DC IN FEBRUARY

The month of February in the nation’s capital tends to be cold, however, some warming is normally noted towards the end of this month.

Overnight low temperatures tend to be in the mid to upper 20s F (-2C) early in the month but more likely to be in the mid-30s F (+2C) towards the end of the month.

A couple of the colder mornings, however, can dip down into the upper teens (-8C).

During a typical February, about 17 days see lows at 32F (0C) or less.

The record low temperature recorded in DC during February is 4F (-15.6C).

 

Average February Temps in DC

 

Afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F (7-8C) early in the month but will warm into the lower 50s F (10-11C) later in the month.

1-2 of the warmer afternoons could reach 65F (18C) or more.

The record high temperature in DC during February is 82F (27.8C).

 


DOES IT SNOW IN FEBRUARY IN DC?

Overall, about 14 days will be either clear or at least partly sunny.

Measurable precipitation falls on about 8-10 days, however, significant precipitation of 0.5 inches (about 13 mm) or more occurs only on about 2 days this month.

 DC in Feb Weather Calendar 

Snow can be expected on average, about 2 days this month with 1 day getting at least 1-inch accumulation.

Snowfalls of 3 inches or more occur about once every other year.


WHAT TO WEAR IN FEBRUARY?

Be sure to read out post on What to Wear and Pack in DC for advice all year round on DC weather and how to prepare for it.

February is one of the coldest months of the year, so you are going to want to bundle up. We’ve made a list below of essential clothes to pack when visiting DC in February:

1. Heavy Coat

A heavy coat is recommended for all the walking you’ll be doing in DC. This one from Beyove is stylish and practical.

2. Accessories: Gloves, Scarves, Hats, Umbrella!

We recommend accessorizing with warm hats, gloves, and scarves.

We also suggest packing a mini compact umbrella like this one from Fidus, which is easy to store in your luggage and can fit in your pocket as you explore DC in February.

3. Waterproof Shoes

There will be a number of wet days with rain and snow, so make sure to pack shoes appropriate for the weather.

These waterproof boots from Merrell will keep you warm and dry while on a walking tour

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WHAT TO DO IN DC IN FEBRUARY?

Below are 10 top things to do in DC in February.

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in DC in February, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in DC.

And if you are planning on visiting many of DC’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants

 

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  1. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Dumbarton Oaks
  2. Attend a Birthnight Banquet & Ball
  3. Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday at Mount Vernon
  4. Take a self-guided tour that focuses on the black history of DC
  5. Attend Lunar New Year Celebrations in Chinatown
  6. Visit Tudor Place
  7. Take a Walking Tour
  8. Warm-up with some hot chocolate
  9. Go Ice Skating
  10. Take in a Game

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in February in our main post.


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