Location & Hours

Hours:

Kiplinger Research Library

We are pleased to welcome researchers by prior appointment Monday through Thursday. Appointments can be made by contacting us at library@historydc.org.
For more information, please see: Plan Your Visit.

Window to Washington Exhibit

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10AM - 4PM
Group tours available by appointment. Please contact info@historydc.org

Holidays

HSW offices, library, and exhibits are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.


Location:

The Historical Society is located on K Street, NW between 7th and 9th streets, NW in the historic Carnegie Library building at Mt. Vernon Square. It is directly across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.


Directions and Other Information:


Map to the Historical Society:


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Riding the Metro:

HSW is 2 blocks south of the Mount Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center Metro Station (yellow and green lines) and 2 blocks north of the Gallery Pl-Chinatown Metro station (red, yellow, and green lines). Use Metro's RideGuide for specific directions using Metrorail or Metrobuses.


Driving Directions:

  • From the South--Woodbridge, Richmond, North Carolina-- Northbound on I-95
  • From the Northwest (Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda)
  • From the Northeast (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)
  • From the East (Annapolis, Bowie)
  • From the West (Falls Church, Fairfax, and beyond)
  • From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

  • From the South (Woodbridge, Richmond, North Carolina):

    • Travel North on I – 95 to I – 395 Northbound
    • Follow I-395, across the 14th Street Bridge into Washington, DC, staying in the right lanes.
    • Take the 12th Street Exit.
    • Turn right onto New York Avenue, NW.
    • New York Avenue becomes K Street NW at 9th Street
    • Turn left on 7th Street and proceed 10 blocks to Mount Vernon Place.
    • Turn left on Mount Vernon Place.
    • The HSW is located on the left at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets.

    From the Northwest (Frederick, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Bethesda):

    • Travel South on I – 270 to I – 495 Southbound, towards Washington/Northern Virginia. (I – 495 is the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway.)
    • Continue on I – 495, crossing the American Legion Bridge, into Virginia.
    • Take Exit 43, the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GW Parkway), Southbound. This is a right exit just after the American Legion Bridge.
    • Take the 12th Street Exit
    • Proceed north on 12th Street an turn right in New York Avenue.
    • New York Avenue becomes K Street NW at 9th Street
    • Turn left on 7th Street.
    • Turn right on Mount Vernon Place.
    • The HSW is located on the right at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets

    From the Northeast (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore):

    • Travel South on I – 95.
    • At the split for I – 95/I – 495, follow the signs for Washington/Northern Virginia, staying in the left lanes to I – 95 South/495 East. (I – 95 South/495 East is the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway).
    • Take Exit 22B, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (BW Parkway), Southbound towards Washington, DC.
    • Follow the B-W Parkway to US Route 50/New York Avenue, NE Westbound into Washington, DC.
    • US Route 50 becomes New York Avenue.
    • New York Avenue becomes Mount Vernon Place at 7th Street, NW.
    • The HSW is located on the left at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets.

    From the East (Annapolis, Bowie):

    • Travel West on US Route 50 into Washington, DC. US Route 50 becomes New York Avenue.
    • New York Avenue becomes Mount Vernon Place at 7th Street, NW
    • The HSW is located on the left at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets

    From the West (Falls Church, Fairfax, and beyond):

    • Travel East on I – 66 towards Washington, DC.
    • Take I – 66 over the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, following the signs for US Route 50 Eastbound/Constitution Avenue, NW.
    • Take the US 50/Constitution Avenue Exit.
    • Proceed on Constitution Avenue to 7th Street, NW..
    • Turn left on 7th Street, NW.
    • Proceed 9 blocks on 7th Street to Mount Vernon Place.
    • Turn left on Mount Vernon Place.
    • The HSW is located on the left at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets.

    From the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport:

    • Take the George Washington Parkway North to I-395 and Washington D.C.
    • Follow I-395 North across the 14th Street bridge.
    • Stay in the right lanes for the 12th Street Exit.
    • Take the 12th Street Exit and proceed North on 12th Street and turn right onto New York Avenue.
    • New York Avenue becomes K Street NW at 9th Street
    • Turn left on 7th Street and proceed 1 block to Mount Vernon Place.
    • Turn left on Mount Vernon Place.
    • The HSW is located on the left at 801 K Street, NW - between 7th and 9th Streets.


Parking:

There is no on-site parking at the Historical Society. Street Parking: limited street parking is available on 7th Street, K Street, and throughout the neighborhood. Spaces are metered with a two hour maximum. Please note that there are no spaces specifically reserved for handicap parking on the block immediately surrounding the HSW. Garages and Parking Lots: Several garages and parking lots are located within a 2 block walk of the HSW. Parking fees range from $8-$20, depending on the time of day and length of time parked. Located across the street from the HSW, the Renaissance Hotel has a parking garage at 999 Ninth Street, NW.


Hotel Information:

There are a number of hotels within walking distance of The HSW. For free hotel advice and reservations at the best price, call Washington D.C. Accommodations at (800) 503-3330 or (202) 289-2220.

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The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. • 801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square • Washington, DC 20001 • 202-249-3955 • info@HistoryDC.org