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Washington DC Attractions Near The White House

With so many museums, monuments, and things to do in Washington DC it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It’s best to divide the city into different corridors and try to see many of the Washington DC attractions in that corridor before your move on the next one. If you’re visiting the White House, we also suggest visiting these museums and attractions that are only a few blocks away.

Corcoran Gallery of Art- 500 17th Street NW
Showcasing more than 16,000 works of art and located just a few blocks from the White House South Lawn, this internationally recognized gallery displays a vast collection of historic and modern American art as well as rotating exhibitions. The main collection at the Corcoran stems from 5 categories: American Art to 1945, Decorative Arts, European Art, Contemporary Art Since 1945, and Photography/Media Arts.

The Renwick Gallery- 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

A branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick is a National Historic Landmark and boasts one of the finest collections of American crafts and decorative arts from the 19th century to present.

Lafayette Square- Connecticut Ave NW & H Street NW
Did you know that Lafayette Square has been used as a racetrack, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and the site of many political protests? Originally, this square was originally called the “President’s Park” meant as part of the pleasure grounds surrounding the Executive Mansion. However, the park was separated from the White House grounds in 1804 when Thomas Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through!

The Decatur House- Connecticut Ave NW & H Street NW
A historic home located northwest of Lafayette Square. Built in 1818, it is one of the oldest surviving homes in DC and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by neoclassical architect Benjamin Latrobe! Since the Decatur House was the unofficial residence of the Secretary of State from 1827 to 1833, it now serves as the National Center for White House History!