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 Dec. 1Hill Center Galleries
Wed. Oct 16Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Thu. Oct 17Global Sounds on the Hill: ASA-CHANG & Junray
Fri. Oct 18Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Sat. Oct 19Contemporary Watercolors
Sat. Oct 19Introduction to Linocut Printmaking
Sat. Oct 19Villanelle Crash Course
Sun. Oct 20Opera Starts with Oh!: Venus and Adonis (Ages 5+)
Tue. Oct 22The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
Fri. Oct 25Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Kontrol (2003)
Fri. Oct 25Chef’s Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sun. Oct 27Kids Euro Festival: Blazing a Trail, An Irish Reading Workshop (Ages 8-12)
Fri. Nov 1Pottery on the Hill Preview Reception
Nov. 2 & 3Pottery on the Hill Show & Sale
Mon. Nov 4Kids Euro Festival: Frog Pond, A Finnish Dance Performance (Ages 4-12)
Tue. Nov 5Order In: Indian
Thu. Nov 7All Politics is Local with Tom Sherwood & Mark Segraves: Kojo Nnamdi
Sat. Nov 9Storytelling: A Workshop in Creative Nonfiction
Thu. Nov 14Street Food: Dumplings
Sat. Nov 16Getting Started: Creative Writing
Tue. Nov 19Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Senator Sherrod Brown
Tue. Nov 19Street Food: Classics of the Mediterranean
Wed. Nov 20The Life of a Poet: A Conversation with Ron Charles + Reginald Dwayne Betts
Fri. Dec 6Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Wed. Dec 11How to Write a Novel
Sat. Dec 14Writing Stories From Your Life
Sat. Dec 14From Novice to Novelist

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