We are excited to explore D.C. with you through District Connections starting in the fall! In the meantime, start browsing our catalogue of free and low-cost attractions that you can experience on your own.
District Connections links you with the cultural and intellectual diversity that Washington, D.C. has to offer. The program offers first-year undergraduate students at the George Washington University access to staff- and peer-led activities designed to connect new to each other and to this vibrant city.
"I think that simply providing opportunities like these is amazing because many times I want to explore but don't know where to start, or how to plan and go through with the events."
2019 District Connections Participant
Exploring the District
With new opportunities and events added all the time, you'll never have to look far to decide on your next D.C. adventure!
- 22 minute metro ride or 25 minute walk
- “About: The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives, and how it helped us shape this nation.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 20 minute metro ride or 35 minute walk
- “About: The National Museum of African Art is the only national museum in the United States dedicated to the collection, exhibition, conservation, and study of the arts of Africa. On exhibit are the finest examples of traditional and contemporary art from the entire continent of Africa.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 20 minute metro ride or 40 minute walk
- “About: Launch into the history of flight by surrounding yourself with icons of air and space travel. The flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, exhibits aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and other flight-related artifacts. The museum has an IMAX theater for out-of-this-world escapes.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 30 minute car drive via rideshare
- “The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the museum in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of historically significant air- and spacecraft, along with thousands of small artifacts, are on display in an open, hangar-like setting. Other features of the Center include the Donald D. Engen Observation Tower, the Airbus IMAX Theater, and the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where visitors can watch museum specialists at work restoring artifacts.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 17 minute metro ride or 30 minute walk
- “The nation’s first collection of American art offers an unparalleled record of the American experience, capturing the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The museum is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world, including works by such stylistically diverse luminaries as John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, and Georgia O’Keeffe, housed in one of the oldest public buildings constructed in early Washington.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 24 minute metro ride or 45 minute walk
- “The National Museum of the American Indian cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native objects, photographs, and media, covering the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America.” - Smithsonian Institution
- 17 minute metro ride or 32 minute walk
- “With over 16 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives of American Art is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.” - Smithsonian Institution
Art, Film, & Theater
- Short 20 minute metro ride from GW
- Theatre company that seeks to ignite a dialogue that connects the universality of classical works to our shared human experiences.
- Showcases hundreds of musicals and performances all throughout the year, perfect for students
Tickets vary from $48 to $112
- From December 14 - January 2, you’re invited to join Beautiful the Carole King Musical, showcasing the tony and grammy inspired story of Carole King's rise to fame
- Wall Street Journal says “Out of control amazing”
- Showcasing at The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center (Concert Hall)
- Join the National Symphony Orchestra on September 10 for a free commemorative program marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11
- Begins 7:30 pm on September 10
- Short 10 minute walk from the Foggy Bottom campus
- 45 minute metro ride from GW
- Explore major historic attractions and architectures such as the Barrett Branch Library, Black History Museum, and Spite House.
- Historic District on the Potomac River Waterfront, perfect for visits, and exploration
- Discover more than 250 years of history in addition to tasty restaurants, and vibrant shopping stores.
- Starting from the notorious Howard Theater, to the African American Civil War Museum this Black Broadway and Historic U St Tour highlights impactful locations vital in black history. Discover the musical heritage of Black Broadway and significant black history of U st
- Short 30 min metro ride