Museums in D.C.

I'm going to be stationed near Washington D.C. for the next few months. Are there any museums that have good historical arms and armor displays? I'm mainly interested in Ancient and Medieval history, but I'll go for anything really.

Also, any recommendations on good museums in general in the area? I have a wife that for some reason just can't seem to appreciate the difference between an Oakeshott type XV and XVIII. I know I'm probably the only one with this issue ;)
Hi Ryan,
For arms and armor, unfortunately nothing permanent is up right now. The National Museum of the American Indian used to have a fantastic display of weapons the Europeans brought over, but they took that section down (admittedly, the section felt a little forced). Occasionally the National Art Gallery, National Geographic Museum or the Folger Theater will have a traveling exhibit on the subject, but nothing is currently going on.

If youíre willing to drive up to Baltimore, though, the Walters Art Gallery has a small but nice arms and armor collection. Also, they have a medieval art gallery that is amazing.

And, although itís further away, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is just a few hours north, and had a fantastic collection. Itís worth the day trip.

As for museums in general, well, DC is kind of the jackpot for that! Definitely go to the Museum of National History, but honestly, just browse the list of museums and pick whatís interesting!

Ah, too bad about the lack of arms and armor. I do however love museums in general, so I'll definitely give the others a try! If can convince the wife that a trip to Philadelphia would be doable with a newborn I'll try that, could probably spend a night there!

Thanks for the advice!

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