United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Penn Quarter Washington, DC Neighborhood Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Verizon Center Penn Quarter is a revitalized historic neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC. The name “Penn Quarter” is relatively new and not so widely known. The area may also be called Old Downtown." Over the past two decades, Penn Quarter has become an arts and entertainment district with many restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters and trendy stores. Location Penn Quarter is the neighborhood that runs north of Pennsylvania Avenue, south of Mount Vernon Square, between the White House and I-395. The closest Metro Stations are Gallery Place/Chinatown and Archives-Navy Memorial. There is some street parking available in the area, but this is a busy part of town in the heart of the city and spaces fill up quickly. Major Attractions in Penn Quarter Capital One Arena: DC's largest sports and entertainment arena hosts year-round events for all ages. National Portrait Gallery & American Art Museum: The Smithsonian museums highlight a variety of artwork. International Spy Museum: The museum focuses on espionage and has programs for all ages. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum: The museum displays wax figures of iconic figures in history and pop culture. Gallery Place: The complex houses stadium-style movie theaters, a bowling alley and several restaurants. Washington Convention Center: The city's conference center hosts a variety of public and private events. Chinatown: The historic neighborhood is home to dozens of Asian restaurants. US Navy Memorial: The memorial pays tribute to the U.S. Navy. Marian Koshland Science Museum: The small museum offers a variety of hands-on science displays and activities. National Museum of Women in the Arts: The museum displays a variety of artworks by women artists. National Building Museum: The historic building displays exhibits on architecture and the building arts. Warner Theatre: The theater offers a wide range of live entertainment. Shakespeare Theatre: Theatre-goers enjoy Shakespearean themed works. National Theatre: Broadway-styled shows are performed throughout the year. Ford’s Theatre: The historic property where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated serves as a museum and a theater. Woolly Mammoth Theatre: The black box theater offers independent plays. E Street Cinema: The movie theater specializes in independent films. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center: The building houses international trade offices, a conference center and a food court. Restaurants in Penn Quarter This part of Washington DC has many fine restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine from contemporary American to Asian Fusion, to Italian or Latin American fare. Hotels in Penn Quarter There are plenty of places to stay near Penn Quarter. These hotels are located within the neighborhood itself, and you will also find many other Downtown DC hotels within walking distance. Annual Events in Penn Quarter Downtown DC Holiday Market in December. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit See a Map and Directions to Penn Quarter: Downtown Washington, DC How to Get From the National Airport (DCA) to Washington, DC The Best 5 Metro Stations for Sightseeing in Washington DC Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC Explore Washington, D.C. On the Cheap Things to Do for Presidents Day in Washington, DC A Neighborhood Guide to Chinatown in Washington, D.C. The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. Visiting Gallery Place in Washington, DC Get to Know Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods A Look at Washington D.C.'s Best Art Museums in Penn Quarter 5 Best Neighborhoods for Dining in Washington DC 32 Great Penn Quarter Restaurants in Washington DC 8 Best Events in the Washington D.C. Area in February All About the Historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Guide to Visiting Madame Tussauds in D.C.