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

Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City

This exhibition examines unrealized designs for the Washington Monument, Memorial Bridge, and other structures around the city, through historical prints and paintings from the collection.

Songs of the Civil War

This exhibition showcases historical sheet music that provided the soundtrack to a nation divided by war.

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.