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Learn about the best museums in Washington, D.C. so that you know what to visit on your next trip. Here is more information on the five best museums in Washington, D.C.See Transcript

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Transcript:5 Best Museums in Washington, D.C.

Hi, this is Heidi Dehncke-Fisher, a video journalist with About.com. With so many interesting museums in one place, Washington, D.C. is a font of history and knowledge.

Utilizing About.com's Washington, D.C. Guide's Top 5 list, we thought we'd explore the five museums that are Rachel Coopers favorites.

Best Museums in Washington, D.C.: Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Fifth on her list is the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. This was the home of George Washington for 40 years, until his death in 1799. Nestled on the Potomac and just 16 miles from Washington, D.C., the mansion and more than a dozen "out buildings" are preserved, as well as a four-acre working farm. Both the tombs of George and Martha Washington are located here.

The Estate and Gardens are open 365 days a year but, as Rachel recommends, it is best to give yourself four hours for a thorough tour and to arrive as early as possible. Visitor parking is free and convenient. Admission for adults is $15.00 and children ages 6-11 are $7.00, seniors get a dollar off and children under 6 are free.

Best Museums in Washington, D.C.: the Newseum

Number 4 is the Newseum, located at 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. This museum highlights and details news reporting from the 16th century until the present, with exhibits and galleries that explore every type of news media imaginable. Even today's front pages, from over 80 newspapers around the world, are updated and displayed daily.

The museum is open from 9 to 5 except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. The two-hour metered parking along the Mall is the cheapest parking option.

Best Museums in Washington, D.C.: U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum

Number 3 is the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum. Located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW in Washington, D.C., the museum serves as an historical memorial to those who died because of the Nazi regime during World War II. The museum houses artifacts, film footage, and displays. Because of their graphic nature it is not recommended for children under 11.

Best Museums in Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Number 2 is the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The most visited museum in the world, it is recommended to arrive earlier or later in the day to help avoid crowds. The museum houses an incredible collection of man's history in space, with everything from Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis," to moon and rocket missions, to exploration of new technology. The museum also has another facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Admission is free daily, except for Christmas, and the museum is open from 10AM until 5:30PM. We recommend using the two-hour metered parking on the mall.

Best Museums in Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The top museum choice in Washington, D.C. by About.com's Guide to Washington, Rachel Cooper, is the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, the museum houses more than 125 million artifacts and specimens.

From dinosaurs and early man to some of today's wonders, the museum inspires and educates daily from 10:00 to 5:30PM except on Christmas. Look for parking on the mall or take the Metro's Blue or Orange lines to either the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle stops. Admission is free.

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