Highest-rated specialty museums in Washington, D.C., according to Tripadvisor

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January 9, 2022
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Highest-rated specialty museums in Washington D.C., according to Tripadvisor

The Ashmolean Museum, founded in 1683 at the University of Oxford, stands as the first public museum in the world. The gallery was started when its founder, Elias Ashmole, in 1677 donated his private collection to the university. Much of that original collection is still on display, including a crystal ball, several kidney stones, and preserved, exotic animals.

By creating the museum, Ashmole sought to do what all museum curators have worked for since: to create a space where people could be inspired and educated by artifacts and art from the world around them. Specialty museums are particularly focused, diving deep into highly specific subject matters, from seashells to ventriloquism.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest specialty museums in Washington D.C. on Tripadvisor. Keep reading to see what unique museums are in your own home state.

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#25. Gallaudet University Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (10 reviews)
- Address: 800 Florida Ave NE Chapel Hall, Washington DC, DC 20002-3600
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#24. Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (6 reviews)
- Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20559-0002
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#23. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Address: 1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007-2934
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#22. D.C. Fire and EMS Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Address: 439 New Jersey Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20005
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#21. World Bank Group Visitor Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (5 reviews)
- Address: 1776 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4503
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#20. Wilderness Society Ansel Adams Collection

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (14 reviews)
- Address: 1615 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-3209
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#19. Anacostia Community Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (19 reviews)
- Address: 1901 Fort Pl SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-3230
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#18. American Red Cross Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (20 reviews)
- Address: not available
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#17. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (61 reviews)
- Address: 701 21st Street, NW The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington DC, DC 20052
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#16. Octagon Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (33 reviews)
- Address: 1799 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-5207
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#15. National Bonsai & Penjing Museum

- Rating: 5.0 / 5 (18 reviews)
- Address: 3501 New York Ave NE U.S. National Arboretum, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
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#14. Petersen Boarding House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (183 reviews)
- Address: 516 10th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1401
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#13. Artechouse DC

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (152 reviews)
- Address: 1238 Maryland Ave SW Smithsonian Metro Station, Washington DC, DC 20024-2140
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#12. United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (194 reviews)
- Address: 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-2608
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#11. National Museum of African Art

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (243 reviews)
- Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20560-0007
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#10. National Museum of the American Indian

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (2,354 reviews)
- Address: 4th St SW Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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#9. Rock Creek Park

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (281 reviews)
- Address: 3545 Williamsburg Ln NW, Washington, DC 20008, Washington DC, DC 20015
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#8. National Museum of Women in the Arts

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (369 reviews)
- Address: 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20005-3970
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#7. President Lincoln's Cottage

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (546 reviews)
- Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
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#6. National Law Enforcement Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (153 reviews)
- Address: 444 E St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-2725
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#5. National Postal Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,115 reviews)
- Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-4945
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#4. International Spy Museum

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (5,387 reviews)
- Address: 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC, DC 20024
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#3. The National Archives Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (3,487 reviews)
- Address: 700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20408-0001
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#2. Museum of the Bible

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,052 reviews)
- Address: 400 4th St SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2798
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#1. National Air and Space Museum

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (23,303 reviews)
- Address: Independence Ave SW 600 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, DC 20560
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