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United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington, District of Columbia USA

Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Tue 8a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public
  • Outdoor
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Less than three miles east of the U.S. Capitol is the 412-acre U.S. National Arboretum. The highlight of the mostly-outdoor space is The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, home to more than a hundred miniature trees, including a Japanese white pine (in training since 1625) that survived the 1945 atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima. Don’t miss the twenty-two Corinthian columns, part of the United States Capitol from 1828 to 1958, that rise from the center of Ellipse Meadow across from the Bonsai Museum.

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“established in 1927”

"The US National Arboretum is home to more than just lush gardens... it's also where the original East Portico columns from the US Capitol Building reside. They're in pristine condition, because even though they were only around from the early 1800s until 1958, they were replaced with marble columns only because the larger-than-expected iron dome made the building look lopsided, and an addition to the east side of the building had to be constructed to make it look more even. The government was at a loss for what to do with them, until donors swooped in and had them installed at the US National Arboretum nearby. Think about how many Presidents those columns saw serve under them: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and tons more!" -Roadtrippers The US National Arboretum was established in 1927 by an Act of Congress. The Arboretum is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. With 446 acres and 9.5 miles of winding roadways, the Arboretum is committed to serve the public's need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase plants to enhance the environment. It provides Public education programs, including symposia, lectures, workshops, and demonstrations; plant, flower, and art exhibitions; interpretive brochures and signs; group tours; public relations. It also has a wide-ranging basic and developmental research on trees, shrubs, turf, and floral plants.

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December 30, 2019
Rated 5.0

Awesome place! I didn’t realize it had so much to offer. It’s a great place to wander around and take in the scenery, and the best part is it’s totally free. There are however donation drop off posts if you choose to do so.

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United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE
Washington, District of Columbia
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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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