4 Of The Quirkiest Places in Washington DC
Do you like visiting off the wall, out of the ordinary places? We get that. There are so many unique spots in the city if you know where to look from them!
DC has everything from creepy corners to offbeat hideaways.
Quirky DC Spot #1: International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum is not only a fun museum to visit, but it’s also very different from the rest of the museums you’ll find in the city!
The museum is dedicated to education on how the spy and secret intelligence trade works. It shows some of the important roles that espionage had in US history. The lives of the men and women who chose to work as spies are also looked at in detail.
One of the neat facts about the museum is that it has the largest collection of spy paraphernalia open to the general public.
Not everything they have on display should be taken seriously, however. You won’t just find historical artifacts at the museum. You’ll also find James Bond and Mission Impossible items from the movies!
Another cool little aspect of the International Spy Museum is that you can take an interactive tour through the museum! Pretend to be a spy for a day, and see whether you’d like to make a living dusting fingerprints and looking through a magnifying glass.
Or, you might discover life at The Vintage is cozy enough!
Plan a Visit
The International Spy Museum is open from 9 am to 6 pm daily. If you’re looking to plan a visit to the museum, tickets will cost you $23 for adults or $14 for youth and seniors.
Quirky DC Spot #2: Blind Whino
The name is almost as quirky as the building itself! Blind Whino was once the church of the Friendship Baptist Congregation. It was open for nearly one hundred years and used to be the center of the neighborhood.
The church was built by former slaves in 1886 and it stood strong until the 1950s. During that time, the Redevelopment Land Agency made plans to bulldoze the building (and most of the neighborhood) to make room for freeways.
Luckily, the church’s pastor, Reverend Whiting, stood up for the church saying that it was an integral part of the neighborhood. While he managed to save the building, the congregation moved to a new home and the building was left empty.
In 2004, a real estate developer bought the building and hired a painter named HENSE to paint murals on the outside to lighten up the building. The painter created a colorful, psychedelic mural that covers the whole building.
The interior was then converted into a performance space with an art gallery in the basement. Today, it’s a great, off-the-wall spot to while away the hours and look at some beautiful art!
Plan a Visit
While you can visit Blind Whino at any time, there are always fun events going on. Be sure to check out their calendar of events for what’s happening. Hip hop nights, open mics, and poetry readings are all common occurrences at the venue.
3. Quirky DC Spot #3: The Catacombs
Surely you’ve heard of the catacombs underneath the city of Rome, right? Well did you know that there are catacombs here in DC, too?
That’s right! In 1929, a group of Franciscan monks decided to recreate the Italian catacombs in Washington DC for anyone who couldn’t afford the pilgrimage to Europe.
Interestingly enough, only one of the graves underneath the city is real! The rest are fake, and only exist to give the feel of the catacombs in Rome.
Today, the graves are accessible through the garden of the Franciscan Monastery, located in Washington DC. You can even go on pilgrimages of the catacombs and the gardens.
Plan a Visit
If you want to visit the catacombs, you can go any day from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. Tours are held on Saturdays at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm during the summer months.
4. Quirky DC Spot #4: The Mansion on O Street
There’s no easy explanation for the Mansion on O Street. This unique place is not only a museum, but it’s also a giant shop as well!
Almost everything in the mansion is for sale. So, if you’re wandering through the rooms and something catches your eye, pick it up for purchase!
The items are acquired through garage sales and local junk shops. Each room of the mansion is then adorned with items that fit its theme. The rooms in the Mansion include everything from the Billiard room to the John Lennon room, which is full of Beatles paraphernalia.
Throughout the building, there are also hidden doors and secret passageways. You can either wander the corridors looking for all of them yourself, or you can join in on a tour! There are lots of quirky tours, such as the “Speakeasy Treasure Hunt” as well as more normal tours such as the “Rosa Parks” tour.
Plan a Visit
All tour prices vary, so you’ll need to look into which idea floats your boat. If you’ve got kids, bring them along! Or, if you’re looking for a classy morning with your girlfriends, check out the high tea tour. Looking for something more adult? Try the beer tour!
The museum is open from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm with the last tour running at 3:00 pm.
With so many quirky, cool, and out of the ordinary places in DC, you’ll need a lot of time to see everything! Call us today at The Vintage to rent your new DC home.