Since D.C. summers are so hot and humid, I recommend walking around inside museums and taking pictures for the ‘gram. My favorite D.C. museums for Instagram (in no particular order): The National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden, The Hirshhorn Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Renwick Gallery, and of course The National Zoo.
The National Gallery of Art. Recently renovated, The National Gallery of Art added over 12,000 square feet to the East Wing. And there’s a lot to see in the updated East Wing. Here’s my favorite picture from my last visit.
The Renwick Gallery. Here, guests are encouraged to take pictures and share them on social media. I took the image below shortly after the museum reopened in November 2015. The museum was closed for two years for renovations. Inside, guests will discover contemporary craft and decorative art.
I talked about the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden in a previous post. Other museums I always enjoy visiting and photographing include the Portrait Gallery (open 11:30am to 7pm daily) and the National Zoo (open 9am to 6pm daily).
I recommend bringing your camera and/or phone to any of these museums, but leave your selfie sticks at home. The photography policy at the Smithsonian museums: “The Smithsonian permits still and video photography for noncommercial use only in its museums and exhibitions […] the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy […] We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences—and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.”