Stand in awe as you read the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights, and 1297 Magna Carta, all of which are displayed at the National Archives. Be amazed by the history of air and space travel as you look up and see the 1903 Wright Brothers’ Flyer and then hold your breath while watching astronauts repair the International Space Station in a mesmerizing IMAX movie at the National Air and Space Museum. Behold the masterpieces of Monet and Botticelli at the National Gallery of Art. Imagine yourself as Thomas Jefferson composing documents at his "writing box," or as Judy Garland playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when she clicked her ruby slippers three times—both are on display at the National Museum of American History.

Thought-provoking modern art is on view at the constantly changing Hirshhorn Museum, where an Alexander Calder mobile might hover over a multimedia installation by one of today's hottest talents, or you can simply contemplate color or spend a few meditative moments in the Phillips Collection’s intimate Rothko Room or Laib Wax Room. At the National Building Museum you can design and build your own monument, city or structure, then delve into investigative reporting and the history of journalism at the captivating and high-tech Newseum.