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 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.
Thru Sep. 8Solo Exhibitions
Tue. Aug 20The Whole Beast: Fish Boot Camp
Thu. Aug 22Street Food: Tamales
Aug. 23 – Oct. 25Chef’s Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sat. Aug 24Art-a-Thon
Aug. 24 – Oct. 19Introduction to Linocut Printmaking
Aug. 24 – Oct. 19Contemporary Watercolors
Sun. Aug 25Master Class: Pastries with Chef Pichet Ong
Sep. 3 & Oct. 1Basic Drawing Techniques: Drawing From an Image (3 or 4 Weeks)
Sun. Sep 8American Roots Concert Series: C.J. Chenier and the Red-Hot Louisiana Band
Tue. Sep 10Global Sounds on the Hill: Che Apalache
Tue. Sep 10Poetry Workshop: Discipline and Play
Thu. Sep 12All Politics is Local with Tom Sherwood & Mark Segraves: Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen
Thu. Sep 12Street Food of the Mekong
Sep. 14 & Oct. 5The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sun. Sep 15American Roots Concert Series: Steve Poltz
Tue. Sep 17Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Jim Acosta of CNN
Thu. Sep 19Beyond Basics: New Orleans Fête
Thu. Sep 19Beginner's Travel Writing
Sat. Sep 21Walking Tour: Marching Along with John Philip Sousa
Sun. Sep 22American Roots Concert Series: Freddy & Francine
Tue. Sep 24Order In: Chinese
Fri. Sep 27Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Sun. Sep 29Hill Center’s Annual Family Day + Concert
Thu. Oct 10No Boundaries Cuisine: Plantains
Wed. Oct 16Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Fri. Oct 18Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Sat. Oct 19Villanelle Crash Course
Tue. Oct 22The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
Fri. Oct 25Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Kontrol (2003)
Fri. Nov 1Pottery on the Hill Preview Reception
Nov. 2 & 3Pottery on the Hill Show & Sale
Tue. Nov 5Order In: Indian
Sat. Nov 9Storytelling: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Thu. Nov 14Street Food: Dumplings
Sat. Nov 16Getting Started: Creative Writing
Tue. Nov 19Street Food: Classics of the Mediterranean
Fri. Dec 6Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Wed. Dec 11How to Write a Novel
Sat. Dec 14From Novice to Novelist
Sat. Dec 14Writing Stories From Your Life

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