The grand ceremonial boulevard of The Mall in Washington DC

"The Mall" is officially a mile long boulevard between the United States Capitol Building & the Washington Monument and is the city's cultural heart.

A brief history;


  • Pierre Charles L'Enfant's original plan for the new city & to be the new capital of the United States was for the "Mall" to be a grand boulevard lined with diplomatic residences of elegant, Parisian architecture. His dream was never realised but it influenced other designers & architects to construct what it is today, a mile long green boulevard lined with trees, museums, art galleries, monuments & memorials including the National Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, National Air & Space Museum (all part of the Smithsonian Institution) & the Washington Monument.



Museums & galleries to look out for on the "Mall" include the;



  • Smithsonian Castle


  • Hirshhorn Museum, Plaza & Sculpture Garden


  • Arts & Industries Buidling


  • National Gallery of Art


  • National Museum of National History


  • Freer Gallery of Art


  • National Air & Space Museum


  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


  • National Museum of African Art


  • National Museum of American History



The United States Capitol Building marks the most eastern point on the "Mall" and the Washington Monument marks the "official" most western point of the "Mall".

Aerial urban vista looking east along the ceremonial tree-lined avenue of the Mall in Washington DC Aerial view looking eastwards along the Mall in Washington DC
Loooking eastwards along The Mall in Washington a grand ceremonial boulevard lined with Smithsonian museums & galleries leading to it's terminua at the United States Capitol Building View along The Mall in Washington DC including the Smithsonian museums & galleries leading up to the U.S Capitol Building

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