Earlier this week I mentioned that I was thankful for the chance to continually explore Washington, D.C. If you’re interested in burning off those extra slices of turkey (or pumpkin pie) and you don’t want to go Black Friday shopping, I recommend walking around some museums and taking pictures to share on Instagram. My favorite D.C. museums for Instagram (in no particular order): The National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden, The Hirshhorn Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Renwick Gallery, and of course The National Zoo.
The National Gallery of Art and National Sculpture Garden is open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm. On Sundays, the museum is open from 11:00 am to 6:00pm. Recently renovated, The National Gallery of Art added over 12,000 square feet to the East Wing. And there’s a lot to see in the updated East Wing. Here are some of my favorite pictures from a recent visit:
The Renwick Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm. Here, guests are encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media. I took the images below shortly after the museum reopened in November 2015. The museum was closed for two years for renovations. Inside, guests will discover contemporary craft and decorative art.
I talked about the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden in a pervious blog post. The Estate is open Tuesday through Sunday (10am to 5pm) and closed most national holidays. Some other museums I always enjoy visiting and photographing include the Hirshhorn Museum (open daily 10 am to 5:30 pm), the Portrait Gallery (open 11:30am to 7pm daily), and the National Zoo (open 9am to 6pm daily).
I recommend bringing your camera and/or phone to any of these museums, but leave your selfie sticks at home. The photography policy at the Smithsonian museums: “The Smithsonian permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions […] the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy […] We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences—and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.”