Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Washington, DC

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Looking for free Wi-Fi in Washington, DC? Wi-Fi is short for “wireless fidelity” and allows you to connect to the Internet from just about anywhere in Washington, DC. Whether you're visiting from out-of-town or just looking for a change of scenery, there are a number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the city. Most coffee shops, hotels, and even museums will have areas where you can access the wifi for free.

Internet Access and Cell Phone Service on the National Mall

In the fall of 2006, the Smithsonian Institution installed a Common Wireless Access System to provide extended cellular coverage and free public wireless Internet access for all of the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Free Wi-Fi, public wireless Internet access is available at limited hotspots; and the Castle's Great Hall and the Enid A. Haupt Garden (adjacent to the Castle). Outdoor Wi-Fi access at the National Museum of the American Indian plaza and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Indoor Wi-Fi HotSpots are available in several museum cafeterias, auditoriums, and conference rooms.