Arts and Entertainment
Anchored by the Smithsonian Institutes, Arena Stage and The Wharf, Southwest DC is a hub for creative and culturally-minded individuals to pursue their passions and partake in the arts.
Anthem - A Rock and Roll concert hall located right on on the water created by the team from 9:30 Club. The 57,000 sq ft venue, has a movable stage and backdrop that allows capacity to vary from 2,500 to 6,000.
Pearl Street Warehouse - From the folks of beloved Cantina Marina, this Americana music venue features a bar and diner which stays open from breakfast to late night.
Union Stage - This 450 capacity music venue boasts shows for all ages. The team of brothers from Northern VA's Jammin Java, built this venue to showcase rock and acoustic musicians.
Westminster Church - Affectionately known as the "Jazz Church," Westminster hosts Jazz on Friday nights and Blues Monday nights. For over twenty years musicians have been stopping by Westminster for jam sessions before their other gigs. A soul food dinner is included with the price of admission.
Museums and Galleries
Artechouse - DC's first interactive art gallery, Artechouse hosts experimental, technology focused art exhibits from all over the world. The installations are large scale, immersive works that patrons can engage with through virtual reality, movement, and their mobile devices.
Blind Whino (SW Arts Club) - The exterior of Blind Whino itself is a work of art, once you enter there is an art annex and two stages. The art annex is open to the public three days a week and there are often installations throughout the entire building.
Freer Sackler Galleries- Smithsonian Institute's Freer Sackler houses the largest Asian art research library in the country. This museum showcases East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Islamic world, ancient Near East, and Egypt, as well as a American art.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden- The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden are a modern art museum and garden that hosts installations from world renowned artists from such Yayoi Kusama, Ron Mueck, and Ai Wei Wei.
Museum of the Bible - A 430,000 sq ft museum space dedicated to the history and teachings of the Bible. With the use of cutting-edge technology, a research labs, and five floors of exhibit space, MOTB brings the Bible to life.
National Air and Space Museum - One of the most visited museums in the world, the National Air and Space Museum houses thousands of artifacts, a planetarium, IMAX Theater, and a public observatory.
National Museum of African Art - The National Museum of African Art opened on the National Mall in 1987. The museum focuses on modern and traditional arts of sun-Saharan Africa. It is the first museum in the U.S. with a continued focus on contemporary African art.
National Museum of the American Indian - This museum has one of the world's largest collections of Native American art. In addition to the its diverse permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Mitsitam Cafe has one restaurant awards for it's seasonal, native American fare.