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.

Hours
Hours are general guidelines and subject to change for special events and programming

Mon-Thu 8am-8pm. Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 10am-5pm.
Admission
Varies
Events
Oct. 26 – Nov. 23Virtual* Master’s Deep Dive Series: Vegetables (5 Sessions)
Oct. 27 & Nov. 17*Virtual* Knife Skills: Common Vegetables
Oct. 29 – Nov. 12*Virtual* Family Style Series
Thu. Nov 19Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Susan Glasser and Peter Baker (Online)

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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