Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

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In 1864—the same year that Congress mandated funds for Arlington Cemetery—Abraham Lincoln commissioned $25,000 for construction of Washington, DC’s first Naval hospital just blocks from the Capitol. The 50-bed facility received its first patient in 1866, 24-year-old African American seaman Benjamin Drummond.

Now, 145 years later, the Old Naval Hospital, a landmark of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, has been transformed into Hill Center, a vibrant, campus-like hub for cultural enrichment, lifelong learning, and civic engagement.

Hours are general guidelines and subject to change for special events and programming
Mon-Thu 8am-9pm. Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 12N-5pm.
Sunday: 12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Hill Center Galleries are open to the general public:
Mon-Thu 10am-7pm. Fri 10am-5pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 12N-5pm.
(Occasional closings for special events—please call 202-549-4172 for confirmation)
Thru Mar. 2Hill Center Galleries Regional Juried Exhibition
Sat. Feb 23From Novice to Novelist
Tue. Feb 26Order In: Chinese
Tue. Feb 26Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Alexandra Petri, Washington Post Columnist
Fri. Mar 1Hitchcock’s Dopplegängers: Niagara (1953)
Sat. Mar 2Beginner's Travel Writing
Sun. Mar 3Recyclable Print Art with Stacy Lee
Tue. Mar 5Beyond Basics: New Orleans Fête
Thu. Mar 7The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
Fri. Mar 8Hitchcock’s Dopplegängers: Mirage (1965)
Tue. Mar 12Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America
Thu. Mar 14The Whole Beast: Fish Boot Camp
Fri. Mar 15Hitchcock’s Dopplegängers: Wait Until Dark (1967)
Sat. Mar 16Getting Started: Creative Writing
Sun. Mar 17Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with the Bright Siders
Tue. Mar 19Street Food: Arancini, Samosas and Pakora
Sat. Mar 23Contemporary Watercolors
Sat. Mar 23Contemporary Watercolors
Sun. Mar 24Patterns: The Art of Zentangle
Tue. Mar 26Global Sounds on the Hill: Alash
Wed. Mar 27Kitchen 101: Springtime Soups
Sat. Mar 30Dinner in Minutes with The Washington Post’s Bonnie Benwick
Tue. Apr 2Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Sat. Apr 6The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Wed. Apr 10Kitchen 101: Knife Skills
Wed. Apr 17Street Scenes: Kris Funn’s Cornerstore
Sun. May 12Brunch with Bubbly: Mother’s Day Celebration
Wed. May 15Street Scenes: Monika Herzig’s SHEroes

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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