District Of Columbia National Mall

Washington, D.C. - National Mall

The Washington, D.C., National Mall is visited by about 24 million visitors each year. Truly, this spot is one of the most popular and places in all of the District of Columbia. It’s considered by many to be the front lawn of America. It stretches a grand two miles and offers amazing views. The National Mall is flanked by some of the most popular and well known buildings in the nation - from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Capitol Building.

The original plan for the mall was developed by Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant in 1791. The plan was greatly modified in 1901 under the Senate Park Improvement Commission of the District of Columbia. The mall is operated by the National Park Service. Many of the elm trees on the mall date from the 1930s.

The National Mall Washington, D.C., is home to a variety of museums operated by the Smithsonian Institute. Admission to each of the museums is free. Visitors will be amazed at the varied collection of history housed in the museums at the mall including at The Museum of Natural History, originally opening in 1910. It is being remodeled to better showcase its 10,000 bones and specimens.

The space shuttle Discovery has recently been added to the collection at the National Air and Space Museum. The mall is also home to the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Museum of African Art. The mall is also home to the National Gallery of Art and admission here is also free. Most of the museums are open from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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