Prints & Maps

Detail of "Plan of the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia."
"Plan of the City of Washington, in the Territory of Columbia" (detail), published by Samuel Hill after design of Andrew Ellicott, Boston, Massachusetts. Printed on cloth in red ink.

The Washingtoniana Collection is the finest private collection of historical maps of Washington in existence. Rare seventeenth- and eighteenth-century maps chart the land before the establishment of the nation's capital, then illustrate the city’s emerging settlement process, the Civil War era, and twentieth-century growth. The maps chronicle the built-up urban landscape, park systems, federal and domestic development, and urban infrastructure. 

Current Exhibitions

Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton

Drawing on historical newspapers from the collection of Antonia M. Chambers, this exhibition highlights important life events and accomplishments of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Greetings from Washington

This exhibition examines postcards relating to D.C., from their golden age at the turn of the twentieth century through the vintage glamour of mid-century graphics and beyond.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.