Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see.
You will enjoy visiting the following sites in the vicinity of this sign.
[Clockwise from top left:]
Old Post Office Pavilion
The Old Post Office Pavilion at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW features a ten-story glass enclosed atrium with specialty shops, a food court, and a pushcart marketplace. From the pavilion, you may access the 315-foot Clock Tower, the second highest vantage point in the city. The observation deck offers 360-degree views of the city.
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
Today's church at 1313 New York Avenue NW is a larger version of the structure that stood on this site during the Civil War and served as the place of worship for President Lincoln and his family. His pew is still here. The hitching post where the presidential horses and carriage were tied is located on the New York Avenue side of the church.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The museum, located at 1250 New York Avenue NW, is the only museum in the country dedicated to the artistic achievements of women. Mon-Sat 10 to 5 pm, Sun 12 to 5.
The Petersen House, where President Lincoln died,
is located across Tenth Street from Ford's Theatre. Preserved as a house museum, it is open to the public, with National Park Service rangers on hand to provide interpretation and answer questions.
Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, located at 511 Tenth Street NW, is the site of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Administered by the National Park Service, the site includes a Lincoln Museum and functions as an active theater.
Mon-Sun 9 to 5, except Christmas.
The Church of the Epiphany
The Church of the Epiphany, at 1317 G Street NW, is an active Episcopal parish and the site of Tuesday noontime concerts. Parishioners included Jefferson Davis and Edwin Stanton, President Lincoln's Secretary of War.
DC Visitor Information Center
The DC Visitor Information Center is located in the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just across the street from Freedom Plaza. Information is available on sightseeing tours, hotel, and restaurants; tickets to events; and maps and brochures.
Mon-Sat 8 to 6, Sun 12 to 5.
Discover DC is a program of the Downtown DC Business Improvement District and the DC Department of Public Works. Information provided by DC Heritage Tourism Coalition.
by Ron Engle (Ford's Theatre, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Old Post Office Pavilion); Liton Tonson (Epiphany Church, Petersen House).