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.
Fri. Dec 6Evil and the Anti-Hero Film Series: Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Fri. Dec 6Long Lunch: Bánh Xèo, or Vietnamese Rice Crêpes
Sat. Dec 7The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Sun. Dec 8Healthy Animal Fats with Dr. Bill Schindler
Mon. Dec 9CHAMPS Holiday Sip & Shop and Hill Center Galleries Opening Reception
Tue. Dec 10Street Food: Samosas + Pakora
Wed. Dec 11How to Write a Novel
Thu. Dec 12Kitchen 101: Sausage Making
Sat. Dec 14From Novice to Novelist
Sat. Dec 14Southern Comfort Brunch: Shrimp & Grits
Sat. Dec 14Writing Stories From Your Life
Sun. Dec 15Holiday Cookie Baking with Bonnie Benwick
Tue. Dec 17The Whole Beast: Fish Boot Camp
Thu. Dec 19Perfect Octave: Holiday Concert
Sun. Jan 5, 2020Southern Comfort Brunch: Fried Chicken + Hoppin John
Thu. Jan 9, 2020Beyond Basics: Pasta Making
Fri. Jan 10, 2020Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog
Sat. Jan 11, 2020The Art of French Cooking with Chef Gérard Pangaud
Thu. Jan 16, 2020No Boundaries Cuisine: Root Vegetables
Wed. Jan 22, 2020No Boundaries Cuisine: Cooking with Sausage
Thu. Jan 23, 2020Order In: Chinese
Fri. Jan 24, 2020Long Lunch: DIY Dumplings
Fri. Feb 14, 2020Street Scenes: Shacara Rogers, Vocals

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