Looking to get out of the house? Try exploring an off-the-beaten-path museum. TikToker Noelle Harada (@noellemargaret8) set out on a mission to visit every museum in town, going beyond the Smithsonian. She recommends five hidden gems.
716 Monroe St., NE
@noellemargaret8 Stop 73/83✅ American Poetry Museum #dctok #dmvtiktok #musuemtok #dcmuseum #americanpoetry ♬ Summer Background Jazz – Jazz Background Vibes
The Brookland museum doesn’t just showcase the works and personal histories of American poets—most of the exhibits have a visual-art component to highlight a given poem’s themes. There are also open mics, poetry readings, and jazz concerts on weekends.
801 K St., NW
@noellemargaret8 Stop 24/83✅ DC History Center #dctok #dmvtiktok #museum #dchistory ♬ Friends (Guitar Cover) – GuitarGheddu
In Mount Vernon Square, this extensive collection of artifacts details the history of DC the city. Harada recommends the “Big Picture” exhibit, featuring 74 panoramic images and a 40-foot timeline of 20th-century Washington.
2455 Sixth St., NW
@noellemargaret8 Stop 80/83✅ Howard University Gallery of Art #dctok #dmvtiktok #howarduniveristy #artgallery #museumtok ♬ Lo-fi hip hop – NAO-K
Housed in the school’s fine-arts building, this gallery displays artwork created by former and current students. You’ll also find exhibits on African American and African art—Harada suggests a stop at the collection of wooden sculptures and masks.
1500 13th St., NW
@noellemargaret8 Stop 39/83 ✅ Old Korean Legation Musuem #dctok #dmvtiktok #museum #koreanhistory ♬ Vlog BGM_03(953483) – Fujiwo
This Victorian-style mansion used to be the home of Korea’s foreign minister. The museum’s hidden-gem status means you can get intimate, one-on-one tours of the home, which includes a library, banquet hall, and small garden.
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
@noellemargaret8 Stop 62/82 ✅ Old Post Office Museum & Clock Tower #dctok #dmvtiktok #museum #clocktower ♬ Up Beat (Married Life) – Kenyi
From the top of the Waldorf Astoria, get a picturesque view of the Mall, Capitol, White House, Pentagon, and Supreme Court. Harada regards the vista from the clock tower—often reached without having to stand in a line—on a par with the Washington Monument’s.
This article appears in the December 2022 issue of Washingtonian.