DC is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, if not the world. The city boasts a diverse array of museums that focus on history, pop culture, science, and more. Here’s a short list outlining some of the most interesting museums the city has to offer.

The American History Museum

This museum offers a diverse collection of items that span the course of American history, from its colonial times to present. American History Buffs will be in awe here, as the venue boasts a plethora a of interesting items raining from s gowns worn at presidential inaugurations, to R2D2 and C3P0 from the Star Wars movies.

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Even if you are not a space or plane enthusiast, you should check this museum out if you are in the D.C. area. It offers perhaps the most extensive, unique, and interesting collection centered around air and space in the world. You can learn about the early stages of flight all the way to the cutting edge technology currently being used by NASA and other space agencies across the world. The replica of the Starship Enterprise is amongst the most neat pieces the museum has on display. Also, be sure to visit the IMAX theater where you can watch a film about centered around the construction of the Hubble Telescope.

National Pinball Museum

Chances are you have not visited another pinball museum. So take the opportunity and visit the National Pinball Museum in Washington D.C. to learn more about this American arcade staple, and how it affected the nation’s pop culture. The museum contains more than two-hundred pin ball machines on the floor (and nearly one thousand in storage). You can even test your pinball skills on some of the devices to see how you stack up against your friends and family.

National Building Museum

This museum was was established more than three decdes ago by Congress, and serves as an unparalleled stop to learn about the design and architecture of the United States of America. It is still quite interesting for those of you who are not architects or building enthusiasts, and even contains an exhibit with a number of LEGO constructions.

National Portrait Gallery

This museum differs from your typical art museum in the fact that it primarily features, portraits. These portraits span a vast number of epochs and give visitors insight into the history and popular artistic styles across the centuries. These paintings feature prominent Americans such as Ronald Reagan and other presidents, the founding fathers, and the pioneering colonialists who first came to America from Europe four hundred years ago.

Natural History Museum

While not as famous as its counterpart in New York, the Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. is equally as impressive. It takes you through the different stages of our planet’s history in one place. There, you can learn about the beginning of life, dinosaurs, cavemen, and more. It’s a must visit if you have children, as it will spark their curiosity in the natural world.