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This section includes local history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Washington, DC, USA

The African American Civil War Memorial commemorates the service of African-American soldiers and sailors in the Civil War. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

Alexandria Black History Museum is a museum complex focusing on African-American history and culture, particularly in Alexandria, Virginia. . .

Arlington, VA, USA

The society operates a local history museum and the 18th century Ball-Sellers House. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument is a historic house and museum of the US women's suffrage and equal rights movements. . .

Brunswick, MD, USA

The Brunswick Heritage Museum is a railroad and history museum in Brunswick, Maryland. . .

Prince Frederick, MD, USA

This regional historical society maintains a research library at its headquarters in the historic Linden house. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

Carlyle House is an historic mansion in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, built by Scottish merchant John Carlyle in 1751–53. . .

Falls Church, VA, USA

The Cherry Hill Farmhouse is a house museum in Falls Church, Virginia. . .

McLean, VA, USA

The Clara Barton National Historic Site interprets the life of Clara Barton , an American pioneer teacher, nurse, and humanitarian. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The DAR Museum is an art and history museum run by the Daughters of the American Revolution. . .

Washington, DC, USA

Dumbarton House is a Federal style house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. . .

Fairfax, VA, USA

Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center has exhibits about the history of Fairfax City and Fairfax County, Virginia. . .

Warrenton, VA, USA

Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail occupies the site of a former Fauquier County Jail built in Warrenton in 1808. . .

Washington, DC, USA

Ford's Theatre was the site of the assassination of US President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

Fort Ward is a former Union Army installation now located in Alexandria, Virginia. . .

Washington, DC, USA

This Historic Site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass. . .

Fredericksburg, VA, USA

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park encompasses four major Civil War battlefields. . .

Fredericksburg, VA, USA

This museum has exhibits and collections related to the history and culture of Fredericksburg, Virginia. . .

Staunton, VA, USA

A living history museum that tells the story of the people who migrated from the Old World to America. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

Gadsby's Tavern is a historic commercial building in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. . .

Gaithersburg, MD, USA

This local history museum occupies a restored 1884 railroad station. . .

Fredericksburg, VA, USA

The Gari Melchers Home, also known as Belmont, is a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum in Falmouth, Virginia. . .

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Alexandria, VA, USA

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic building and memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia. . .

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Harpers Ferry, WV, USA

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in and around Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. . .

Frederick, MD, USA

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is a geographical location recognized by the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. . .

Frederick, MD, USA

Heritage Frederick is a non-profit that operates the Museum of Frederick County History and the Frederick County Archives and Research Center. . .

Washington, DC, USA

Heurich House Museum is a Gilded Age mansion in Washington DC. . .

Fairfax, VA, USA

Historic Blenheim is an 1859 brick farm house designed in the Greek Revival style. . .

Shepherdstown, WV, USA

This local history museum occupies the former Entler Hotel. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The society is an educational foundation and museum dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of Washington, DC. . .

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Washington, DC, USA

The International Spy Museum is a privately owned museum dedicated to the tradecraft, history and contemporary role of espionage. . .

Fredericksburg, VA, USA

This facility describes itself as "the largest repository in the country for artifacts and documents related to the fifth president of the United States. . ."

Charles Town, WV, USA

This local history museum is co-located with the Charles Town Library. . .

Washington, DC, USA

Anderson House, also known as Larz Anderson House, is a Gilded Age mansion on Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. . .

Laurel, MD, USA

The Laurel Museum is a mill workers' home that was built by Horace Capron between 1836 and 1840. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

The Lee-Fendall House is a historic house museum and garden located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

The Lyceum is the official city history museum of Alexandria, Virginia. . .

Manassas, VA, USA

Manassas National Battlefield Park preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles. . .

Frederick, MD, USA

Monocacy National Battlefield is the site of the Battle of Monocacy in the American Civil War fought on July 9, 1864. . .

Rockville, MD, USA

The society manages three facilities in Rockville, Maryland: Beall-Dawson Museum, Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine and Jane C. Sween Research Library. . .

Culpeper, VA, USA

This local history museum occupies a historic train depot. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The National Building Museum is a museum of "architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning. . ."

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Washington, DC, USA

The National Museum of American History is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is located on the National Mall. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution. . .

Triangle, VA, USA

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is the historical museum of the United States Marine Corps. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The National Postal Museum was opened in 1993 through joint agreement between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The United States Daughters of 1812 is an association of female descendants of veterans of the War of 1812. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The Octagon House is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. . .

Alexandria, VA, USA

Historic district near Washington DC with locally owned eateries, antique stores, art galleries, vintage/consignment shops, etc. . .

Washington, DC, USA

President Lincoln's Cottage is a national monument on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home. . .

Washington, DC, USA

The Woodrow Wilson House was the residence of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, after he left office. . .

Fredericksburg, VA, USA

The Rising Sun Tavern is a historic building in Fredericksburg, Virginia. . .

Frederick, MD, USA

Schifferstadt is the oldest standing house in Frederick, Maryland. . .

Spotsylvania, VA, USA

This museum has exhibits about the history of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. . .

Chantilly, VA, USA

Sully Historic Site, more commonly known as Sully Plantation, is a national historic place and Virginia landmark in Chantilly, Virginia. . .

Clinton, MD, USA

The Surratt House is a historic house and house museum in Prince George's County, Maryland. . .

Washington, DC, USA

Tudor Place is a Federal-style mansion in Washington, DC. . .

Staunton, VA, USA

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library houses materials from during and immediately after his lifetime. . .

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