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
Thru Feb. 1Hill Center Galleries
Tue. Jan 21Toeing the Line Break
Tue. Jan 21The Writer’s Center: Toeing the Line Break (Five sessions)
Wed. Jan 22No Boundaries Cuisine: Cooking with Sausage
Wed. Jan 22Alliance Française: Pitchouns (Ages 3-4) (Nine sessions)
Thu. Jan 23Alliance Française: Gamins & Gamines (Ages 5-6) (Nine sessions)
Thu. Jan 23Order In: Chinese
Fri. Jan 24Long Lunch: DIY Dumplings
Sat. Jan 25From Novice to Novelist
Sat. Jan 25No Boundaries Cuisine: Thai Flavors
Wed. Jan 29How to Write a Novel
Mon. Feb 3French Language Course: Beginner I (Four- and Eight-weeks)
Thu. Feb 6French Language Course: Intermediate (Four- to Eight-weeks)
Thu. Feb 6Spanish Language Course: Beginners (Four- or Eight-week session)
Fri. Feb 14Chef’s Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Fri. Feb 14Street Scenes: Shacara Rogers, Vocals
Sun. Feb 16Southern Comfort Sweetheart Brunch: Fried Green Tomatoes + Lobster Ravioli
Tue. Feb 18Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post
Thu. Feb 20Kitchen 101: Pizza Night
Tue. Feb 25Beyond Basics: New Orleans Fête
Sat. Feb 29Storytelling: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Sat. Mar 7The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Tue. Mar 10Order In: Chinese
Tue. Mar 10The Life of a Poet: A Conversation with Ron Charles + Willie Perdormo
Sun. Mar 22Southern Comfort Brunch: Red Beans and Rice + Sweet Potato Pie
Wed. Mar 25Street Scenes: Washington Women in Jazz
Thu. Mar 26Beyond Basics: Pasta Making
Tue. Apr 7Order In: Indian
Sat. Apr 18Getting Started: Creative Writing
Thu. Apr 23Street Scenes: Leigh Pilzer, Saxophone
Sat. May 9The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sun. May 10Southern Comfort Mother’s Day Brunch: Hot Honey Butter + Strawberry Ice Cream
Sun. May 10Perfect Octave: Tracing Italian Influence with Monteverdi, Bach and Vivaldi
Wed. May 13Order In: Chinese
Thu. May 21Street Scenes: Elijah Jamal Balbed, Saxophone
Wed. Jun 10Kitchen 101: Pizza Night
Thu. Jun 18Order In: Indian

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921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
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