1. National Museum of Medicine and Health
The National Museum of Medicine and Health is a kooky place. Established during the Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, the museum was later the home for medical research. Now the museum has a vast array of exhibits about medicine, injuries and the history of medicine. You’ll find body parts floating in jars, historical medical equipment, and a crazy collection of hairballs on display.
2. Boneyard Studios
In a city where big things happen, why not go small? Boneyard Studios is a showcase of the tiny house on wheels movement. Currently the studio is a moving exhibition that features the Matchbox, which is a 140-square-foot house and Pera House, which is a 145-square-foot house.
3. National Cryptologic Museum
If code breakers and the NSA interest you, the National Cryptologic Museum will be your go-to! The museum houses the history, artifacts about the history of cryptology in the United States. See old breaking codebreaking devices and hear incredible stories about the professionals who dedicated their lives to the secret world of codebreaking.
4. The Brewmaster's Castle
Also known as The Brewmaster’s Castle, Heurich House Museum is the former home of German brewer Christian Heurich. The first two floors have been preserved as they were when Christian Heurich lived there and you can take tours while grabbing a beer.
5. Adams Memorial
The Adams Memorial is truly one of the strangest memorials in Washington, DC. The memorial was sculpted as a memorial to Clover Adams, wife of novelist Henry Adams who killed herself by drinking photography chemicals at the nearby Hay-Adams hotel. The memorial is unmarked and is chillingly creepy and attracts visitors from all over.
6. Big Chair in Anacostia
Also known as “Chair” is considered the world’s largest chair. Built in 1959 by a furniture maker, the chair was originally a cover advertisement for a furniture store. Now, the 19 and a half foot chair, is a symbol of the Anacostia neighborhood.
7. Chocolate Moose
Chocolate Moose is a delightfully kitschy card shop and chocolate shop full of strange and offbeat gifts. And, of course, because it’s Washington DC, all of the gifts have a uniquely sophisticated flair. Pick up a Captain Kirk and Spock salt and pepper set, LED glow gloves and solar powered waving queen figurines, among other unique gifts!