2 Hours of Waterfront & Art on the Southwest Waterfront

Check out the oldest continually running open-air fish market, admire works at Smithsonian’s contemporary art museum and discover Southwest neighborhood hidden gems.

Stop One

Visit the historic open-air fish market at The Wharf

1100 Maine Avenue SW Take a walk along the Southwest Waterfront to the nation’s oldest continually running open-air fish market. You can purchase raw or cooked freshly caught seafood, including Maryland blue crabs, shrimp, oysters, and fresh fish. Both Hains Point and the Tidal Basin are close enough to provide the perfect venue for a scenic waterfront picnic.


Stop Two

View art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

7th Street & Independence Avenue SW Spend a few hours getting lost in the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a world-renowned hub for contemporary art. Recent exhibits of note have included Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors and Agnieszka Polska’s Suspended Animation. In June, the Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection return to the third floor gallery. If the weather is nice, enjoy the sculpture garden, and don’t forget to look up. The museum’s building, which is a large, circular concrete structure, is one of Southwest’s many displays of brutalist architecture.


Stop Three

Discover one of the neighborhood’s hidden gems

Southwest is filled with opportunities for the culturally curious. Grab some homecooked comfort food and take in intimate live jazz or blues show at Westminster Church (400 I Street, SW) on Friday and Monday nights respectively. (Insider tip: the macaroni and cheese is delicious!) Right around the corner is Blind Whino: SW Arts Club (700 Delaware Ave SW), a historic church that was painted by famed street artist HENSE, and has become one of the most Instagrammed buildings in DC. Blind Whino is now an arts and cultural collective that hosts gallery openings on the weekends from 12-5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.


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