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 Apr. 28Hill Center Galleries
Apr. 27 & May. 11Introduction to Linocut Printmaking
Apr. 27 – Jun. 15Contemporary Watercolors
Sun. Apr 28Sarah Shook & The Disarmers
Thu. May 2Kitchen 101: Knife Skills
Tue. May 7Drawing From an Image (three week session)
Thu. May 9The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
Sun. May 12Brunch with Bubbly: Mother’s Day Celebration
Tue. May 14A Conversation with Ron Charles + Diane Seuss
Wed. May 15Street Scenes: Monika Herzig’s SHEroes
May. 16 & Jun. 20Beyond Basics: Pasta Making
Sat. May 18Launch Your Self-Published Book
Sat. May 18The Art of French Cooking
Sun. May 19Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Sun. May 19Pastries with Chef Pichet Ong
Tue. May 21Beyond Basics: Sushi + Sake
Fri. May 31Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour
Tue. Jun 4Drawing From an Image (three week session)
Thu. Jun 6Beyond Basics: New Orleans Fête
Sun. Jun 9The Wildmans
Wed. Jun 12Writing Like a Woman
Thu. Jun 13Beginner's Travel Writing
Fri. Jun 14Global Sounds on the Hill: Marja Mortensson
Jun. 14 & Aug. 23Chef’s Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sat. Jun 15Life as Metaphor: Personal Essay Writing
Tue. Jun 18Order In: Chinese
Sat. Jun 29Master Class: Paella in the Plaza
Sun. Jun 30Dom Flemons, the American Songster
Sat. Jul 6Getting Started: Creative Writing
Wed. Jul 10The Poem Comes Alive
Wed. Jul 17How to Write a Novel
Sat. Jul 20From Novice to Novelist
Thu. Jul 25Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Sat. Aug 3Sonnet Crash Course

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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