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-8pm. Fri 8am-6pm. Sat 9am-5pm. Sun 10am-5pm.
Wed. Jun 26Hill Center Galleries Opening Reception
Jun. 26 – Sep. 8Solo Exhibitions
Sun. Jun 30Dom Flemons, the American Songster
Sat. Jul 6Getting Started: Creative Writing
Mon. Jul 8Smithsonian Associates: Oil Pastels (4 sessions)
Tue. Jul 9Smithsonian Associates: Introduction to Photography (4 sessions)
Wed. Jul 10Smithsonian Associates: Collage, Assemblage and Mixed-Media (4 sessions)
Wed. Jul 10The Poem Comes Alive
Thu. Jul 11Talk of the Hill: Reverend Dr. Luis León
Fri. Jul 12Smithsonian Associates: Portrait Drawing (4 sessions)
Sat. Jul 13Master Class: Paella in the Plaza
Jul. 13 & Aug. 10The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Wed. Jul 17How to Write a Novel
Thu. Jul 18Beyond Basics: Pasta Making
Sat. Jul 20From Novice to Novelist
Tue. Jul 23Beyond Basics: Sushi + Sake
Wed. Jul 24Kitchen 101: Knife Skills
Thu. Jul 25Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Thu. Jul 25Confirmation Bias by Carl Hulse
Sat. Jul 27Seasonal Chinese Cuisine with Chef Peter Chang
Sat. Aug 3Sonnet Crash Course
Aug. 7 & Nov. 14Street Food: Dumplings
Tue. Aug 20The Whole Beast: Fish Boot Camp
Thu. Aug 22Street Food: Tamales
Aug. 23 & Oct. 25Chef’s Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Wed. Oct 16Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Tue. Oct 22The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
Tue. Nov 19Street Food: Classics of the Mediterranean

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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