Best Museums for Dates in Washington, D.C.

May 26, 2014 8:00 AM

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As the nation’s capital, Washington DC is a hub of history; nearly every block and neighborhood has important historical significance. So of course, the city is packed with museums big and small. From science museums to spy museums, you can spend months trying to visit them all. But not all are good date locations. These museums make for creative and fun dates.

National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-2214

Regardless of what that tough kid in your elementary school said, science is cool. One of the highlights of going to school in the DMV, and for some schools around the country, was the class field trip to the National Air and Space Museum. Everything amazed and astonished you as soon as you walked through the doors: the planes, the simulators and especially the planetarium. You and your date can cozy up under the stars without worrying about the weather or bugs. Now that you are an adult, it’s even more okay to admit you love science, especially when your date is as nerdy as you are.

Hirshhorn Museum And Sculpture Garden
700 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-4674

The Hirshhorn Museum is a standout among the many art museums in the city in its design, collections and programs. Showcasing paintings, sculptures, film and more that provokes discussion, this museum is great for keeping the conversation going on a date. You will talk about what you think a certain sculpture is or meant to symbolize, be inspired by a film screening and be in awe at how people can be so talented. With artist talks, exhibit tours lead by curators and other special events, the Hirshhorn is a great date place for art lovers. And its special After Hours and Sculpture Garden events, sometimes with live music and DJs, have been a big hit. Show your date there is more to DC museums than meets the eye.

555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 292-6100

Print news, radio news, broadcast news and now even social media news reporting has had major impacts on the way we view and learn about major events in history. There are several iconic images, recordings and reporters themselves that are synonymous with historical events. The Newseum puts these and other historical and journalistic news items on display. With exhibits on Tim Russert, discussions with award-winning photographers and journalists and so much more, the museum continues to be one of DC’s most loved museums. News buffs and history lovers will see this as the ultimate date.

Related: Best Date Ideas For Art Lovers In Washington DC

International Spy Museum
800 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798

The International Spy Museum is one of the most touristy things you can do in DC; flocks of school children are lined up every day during tourist season. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun. Let your inner tourist out and completely enjoy pretending to be a spy, learning the risks spies took and strolling through exhibits like “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains.” You’ll have fun, and at the very least you’ll have a story to tell your friends.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-4600

Although “Romeo and Juliet” has a tragic ending, it is still considered one of the most romantic stories ever written. William Shakespeare is such an important figure in literature that there is a whole library devoted to his works. There is probably never a period where one of his works is not being staged, read or recited. Taking your date to the Folger Shakespeare Library to peruse the collections and watch one of his works on stage in the theater would score you major romance points. Whether your relationship is serious or heading in that direction, this date will show you care.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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