There is no shortage of things to do in DC. Whether it’s visiting museums, monuments or art galleries, the options are nearly limitless. DC is home to photography galleries as well. Whether you enjoy modern, historical or artful photos, DC has got you covered.


Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 639-1700

Hours: Mon and Tues – closed, Wed – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri to Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $10, seniors 62+ and students with a valid school ID – $8, children under 12 – free, military active duty and immediate family members – free

Established in 1874, the Corcoran Gallery of Art was one of the first museums in the country to acquire photographs. Today, the gallery is home to more than 6,500 photographs and other forms of media arts including videos and digital works. The gallery also features expansive art collections and exhibitions including sculptures, contemporary and decorative art as well as 19th and 20th century American and European art. Explore the beautiful galleries on your own or sign up for a gallery tour. The gallery also provides lectures and workshops as well offers a cafe and shop.


555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 639-7386

Hours: Daily – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults ages 19 to 64 – $21.95 plus tax, students and seniors 65+ – $17.95 plus tax, youth ages 7 to 18 – $12.95 plus tax, children under 6 – free

View Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, images of presidential pooches, iconic sports images and much, much more at the Newseum. The Newseum consists of six levels devoted to the world’s most memorable news stories in many different forms of art including photos, films, educational programs, larger-than-life replicas and more. Visit the 9/11 gallery, learn about the first amendment or step inside famed journalist Tim Russert’s NBC bureau office. The Newseum also features front-page covers from newspapers across the country and the world as well as an interactive news rooms, sections of the Berlin Wall and a sports theater. Refuel in the food court and don’t forget to check out the shop.

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Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished 2011 is on view through May 28, 2012. (Photograph by Gerd Ludwig)

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 857-7588

Hours: Daily – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $8; students, members of the military and seniors 62+ – $6, children ages 5 to 12 – $4, school and youth groups under age 18 – free

National Geographic Magazine is well-known for its stunning photographs from around the world. Explore these photographs and more at the National Geographic Museum. The museum is home to many cultural events including feature films, lectures, speaker series, concerts and photographic exhibits. Take a peek behind the scenes and explore unpublished National Geographic magazine photographs, admire stunning photographs of lions, cheetahs and other endangered big cat species or see the Titanic like you’ve never seen it before. Exhibits run on a rotating schedule. The museum also features a gift shop.


Gary Edwards Gallery
1711 Connecticut Ave NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-5926

Hours: Mon to Fri – open, Sat and Sun – closed, call ahead for hours as they vary
Admission: Free

Come see vintage and travel photographs from the 19th and 20th century. The gallery director, Gary Edwards, is a member of the Association of International Photographic Art Dealers and author of the book “International Guide to Photographers and their Works.” as well as various articles on early photography in various publications. Other images found at the gallery include hand-colored portraits, space exploration photos, Russian historical and art images and more. Call ahead prior to visiting the gallery to ensure the director is not away at an art show.

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(credit: Conner Contemporary Art Gallery)

Conner Contemporary Art Gallery
1358 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 588-8750

Hours: Sun and Mon – closed, Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free

Consisting of locally-crafted sculptures, paintings, abstract sketches and more, the Conner Contemporary Art Gallery features both contemporary and controversial works of art. Among the exhibits, you will find figural drawings by Baltimore artist Zoe Charlton, endurance performances by DC artist Mary Coble and photographs by Swedish artist Maria Friberg. Together these exhibits raise questions about gender and race among other controversial issues. The gallery also features two indoor galleries, a media room and an open courtyard.

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