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 Jan. 6, 2019JoEllen Murphy: The Vibrant Landscape
Thru Jan. 6, 2019Alec Dubro: Hearts in Atlantis
Thru Jan. 6, 2019Cecilia Armellin: Wink on Asia
Thru Jan. 6, 2019Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter: Playing to WIN
Thru Jan. 6, 2019Sally Canzoneri: Then – And Now
Thru Jan. 6, 2019Cedric Baker: Soul Searching…Transitions in Soul
Thu. Dec 13Resolve to Write
Thu. Dec 20DC Strings presents Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Hymns
Sat. Jan 5, 2019Brunch with Bubbly: Savory, Southern New Year’s Brunch
Sat. Jan 12, 2019Pastry Fundamentals with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sat. Jan 12, 2019Contemporary Watercolors
Tue. Jan 15, 2019Kitchen 101: Winter Soups
Tue. Jan 22, 2019Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Nina Totenberg, NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent
Fri. Jan 25, 2019Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Tue. Jan 29, 2019The Life of a Poet: A Conversation with Ron Charles + Ada Limón
Sun. Feb 3, 2019Patterns: The Art of Zentangle
Tue. Feb 5, 2019Basic Drawing Techniques: Drawing From an Image (Tuesday's) 0209-0226
Thu. Feb 14, 2019Street Scenes: Sam Prather
Sat. Feb 16, 2019A Conversation with Ron Charles + Ross Gay
Wed. Apr 17, 2019Street Scenes: Kris Funn’s Cornerstore
Wed. May 15, 2019Street Scenes: Monika Herzig’s SHEroes

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
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