The Museums Beyond the Smithsonian
From Dupont Circle, The Darcy hotel’s unofficial backyard, you can embark on a guided tour of a lesser-known local gem: Heurich House Museum
, the preserved residence of a turn-of-the-century beer magnate (once the area’s largest private employer). Farther afield, The National Arboretum
is a picturesque, azalea-filled oasis where highlights include the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, the site of hundreds of miniature mossy marvels. The National Museum of Women in the Arts
, a Renaissance Revival manse, spotlights world-renowned painters, like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, in addition to philosophical trailblazers like Simone de Beauvoir—a recent installation reimagined the writer’s studio alcove in Paris. For a glimpse at emerging art, make your way to Hamiltonian Gallery
, which was recently dubbed one of the most important art spaces in the District for its commitment to supporting local creators.