Metro Maps showing the lines by color in the House Guide book, here are tips:
– If you are heading downtown, the stops are: Rhode Island Ave., NoMa-Gallaudet U., Union Station, Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center
Brookland- CUA Metro (CUA stands for Catholic University of American—that is the big mosaic dome on the horizon looking west)
– When heading downtown, you are going towards Shady Grove (the last stop in that direction)
– At Metro Center you can switch to the Blue or Orange subway lines.
– Heading downtown: If there are 3 or more of you traveling together, a cab can be as cheap as riding our fabulous Metro, so if you are tired for sure consider it, and if it is rush hour, for sure consider it.
– Metro wants everyone to use a plastic reusuable card now. We provide 4 reusable plastic Metro cards clipped to the House Guide. Please use them by adding funds to pay for your fares and then leave them for the next user. If you need to buy your own, you will pay a surcharge of $1 each way, each trip.
– When going downtown from Brookland Metro, go up escalator and stand to right side of station for the train
– Rush hours increases Metro fares: travel off peak for reduced fares after 9:30 a.m. and before 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m.
– Depending on which museum you are going to, there are 3+ stops that serve the Smithsonian Mall via the Red and Blue lines. The Smithsonian Blue line stop puts you closest to the carosuel, the Old Castle & the Sackler: Museum of American History & Natural History are closest to the Federal Triangle Blue line stop; Gallery Place Red line puts you right next to the Museum of American Art & Portrait Gallery (great place w/ evening hours) off the mall at 9th & G on edge of Chinatown; Judiciary Square puts you two blocks off the Mall closest to the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art but without having to switch to the blue line.
LINK: museums matched to closets metro stop: http://www.si.edu/Visit/Maps
– Smithsonian Mall at night: check out the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial & the World War II Memorial, both open until 11:30 p.m. Many sites are beautifully light up and worth seeing from the outside at night, especially the White House from the Independence Ave rear side.
– Most museums close at 5:30, exceptions are Portrait Gallery & Museum of American Art (co joined and off the Mall about 4 blocks) which are open until 7 p.m. daily
BROOKLAND METRO STATION– Unless your heart is set on it, why pay to go to the Spy Museum, the Building Museum, and the Newseum if you haven’t been to all the other free museums– at least a dozen.
– If there are 4 of your, take a cab home to THE MONROE HOUSE, its not that much more than riding the Metro IF YOU ARE TRAVELING AT RUSH HOUR.