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The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is located on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum at 3501 New York Avenue N.E. – Washington D.C. 20002.
Click here to view Google maps of our location. The Arboretum is located in the northeast section of Washington, DC, approximately ten minutes from the Capitol Building.
To find the Museum on the Arboretum grounds, enter through the Welcome Center located near the parking lot. Walk through the courtyard to the far stairs. The Museum’s entrance is on your left once you go down the stairs.
There are two entrances to the Arboretum. One is at 3501 New York Avenue, NE, and the other at 24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road. If you use the New York Avenue gate, be sure not to miss the turning lane marked with a sign for the U.S. National Arboretum upon approach to the grounds.
There is a free and conveniently located parking lot outside the Arbor House and Welcome Center (both steps away from the Museum) complete with ample handicap spots.
From Northwest Washington – Follow New York Avenue east to the intersection of Bladensburg Road. Turn right (south) onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
From the Maryland suburbs – Take the Capital Beltway (I 495/I 95) to exit 22B (Baltimore Washington Parkway) towards Washington. Follow the Baltimore Washington Parkway approximately 7 miles to Route 50 West (New York Avenue). Once on Route 50 get in your left lane. You will approach the intersection of Bladensburg Road where only the two left lanes turn onto Bladensburg Road. Make the left onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
From Virginia (I 395) – Follow I 395 North over the 14th Street Bridge. Bear right at the end of the bridge to follow signs to 395 North. Continue to follow signs to 395 North (the lanes for 395 are to the right–pay attention). The 395 lanes go under a tunnel at 3rd Street. Continue following signs for 395 North. The tunnel will dead end at New York Avenue, where all lanes are forced to turn right. Continue on New York Avenue until the major intersection with Bladensburg Road (there will be large green traffic signs overhead; also, it’s about 2.5 miles from the end of the freeway to the right turn on Bladensburg). Turn right onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
From Virginia (I 95 – I 295) – Follow I 95 North and cross the Wilson Bridge. Stay in the right lane over the bridge. Bear onto I 95/I 295 North to Washington. Follow I 295 to the exit for Route 50 West (New York Avenue). Once on Route 50 get in your left lane. You will approach the intersection of Bladensburg Road where only the two left lanes turn onto Bladensburg Road. Make the left onto Bladensburg Road and go 4 blocks to R Street. Make a left on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates.
From Virginia (I 66) – Cross the Roosevelt Bridge and follow Constitution Avenue past the Capitol Building. Bear left onto Maryland Avenue. Follow Maryland Avenue to Bladensburg Road. Make a left onto Bladensburg Road and travel 1 mile to R Street. Make a right onto R Street and continue 2 block to the Arboretum gates.
If you’re bringing your own bike, there are several bike racks located outside the Welcome Center. If you’re using Capital Bikeshare, there is a conveniently located dock right outside the 24th & R Streets, NE gate.
The closest Metrorail subway stop is Stadium Armory Station on the Blue and Orange lines. Transfer to the B2 Metrobus; disembark the bus on Bladensburg Road at Rand Street, just past the Arboretum sign on the right. Walk back to sign at R Street and walk down R Street 2 blocks to Arboretum entrance.
The Arboretum is approachable by foot but only via the 24th and R Streets, NE gate as New York Avenue, NE is a vehicle-only roadway.
HOURS & ADMISSION:
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum is open every day from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The U.S. National Arboretum is open every day from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
There is no charge for admission to the Arboretum or the Museum and parking on the grounds is free. No tickets are needed for entry.
The Arboretum and the Museum are closed on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The Arboretum and the Museum will be closing early at 2pm on Thursday, June 20th in preparation for hosting the American Public Gardens Association reception and dinner.
*Please note that during the winter months selections from all the pavilions are on display in the Chinese pavilion. The Japanese and North American Pavilions are closed in the winter.
A NOTE ON MUSEUM ETIQUETTE:
Food, drinks, smoking, pets (except service animals), and bicycles are not allowed in the museum complex. Please supervise children at all times.