Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
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.
HoursHours 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)
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