One of the draws to D.C. is the ability to learn about many different countries in just one city. As the U.S. capital, D.C. hosts tons of embassies, consulates and cultural institutions that aim to share their countries with Americans and tourists. Two years ago I stumbled upon the Mexican Cultural Institute on 16th street and have been going back ever since.
The Institute is housed in a 100-year old mansion, and showcases lots of beautiful, historic murals. Each season they have temporary exhibits that dive deeper into Mexican history, which I recommend you check out on their website. I recently went on a guided tour of the Dia de Los Muertos exhibit, pictured above. Each year the altar recognizes a different social issue in Mexico – this year it was domestic violence.
You can request a free guided tour on their website, or just show up and walk around when they’re open. It’s really special that Mexico has this destination for you to learn more about the country without having to wait for the embassy tours in May.