Some of the most popular attractions in Penn Quarter are the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the history of news-gathering and reporting around the world; the interactive International Spy Museum; the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, which inhabit the same building; and Ford’s Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
On Thursday afternoons and evenings (3 to 7 p.m.) from March to December, the FRESHFARM Penn Quarter farmers’ market is held on 8th Street NW, between D and E Streets. A foodie destination, the neighborhood is especially renowned for restaurants and bars helmed by celebrity chefs like Jose Andres and Michel Richard.
Street parking in this neighborhood is limited, and area lots tend to be expensive. However, Penn Quarter is within walking distance of two Metrorail stations: Chinatown-Gallery Place (Red, Yellow and Green Lines) and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Yellow and Green Lines).