U STREET MURALS TOUR

Culture, history, and artistic adventure permeate the streets and neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. Join us on our 2-hour walking tour of the most celebrated murals, street art, and memorials that line the buildings and city sidewalks of the Shaw and U Street neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. This urban art tour blends together the history, culture, and street art of these unforgettable locations. 

Learn how Jazz, Hip Hop, and Go Go music evolved in these neighborhoods by seeing where local and international artists gave concerts at small nightclubs and large theaters. Your tour guide will show you how iconic African American, Latina, and American artists and experiences are celebrated with neighborhood murals. We will explore how street art reflects Washington D.C.’s communities’ cultural themes and values. 

 
As we roam the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods, we will experience the interplay of visual art and architecture. We will find life-sized murals that adorn brick building walls, sculptures that stand in courtyards, and surprising creations that crop up in Washington D.C.’s quiet alleyways.
 
Learn about the histories, talents, and narratives of artists and thinkers whose lives and stories are not recorded in museums’ halls. Go beyond Washington D.C.’s marble monuments, many museums, and political hubbubs into its most authentic and exciting cultural avenues. This urban street art tour will help you experience another side of Washington, D.C., that is just as much a part of its treasured history.

This tour covers a lot of ground, and some of our historic Washington D.C. streets and sidewalks are not smooth. Please plan on wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Also, please be aware that we will be crossing several busy streets throughout our adventure, so mind your step and always keep an eye out!

About The U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods

Located in Midtown, the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods of Washington D.C. are some of the liveliest, most exciting areas of our city. They are dynamic and joyful intersections of black culture, history, art, and current social events and venues. U Street is the birthplace of legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington, and his life and legacy infuse the neighborhood with music, vibrancy, and culture. The Shaw neighborhood is home to “Black Broadway” and holds shows at the Lincoln and Howard Theaters, and both districts have some of the best shopping, restaurants, and bars in the city. You’ll want to stay and explore the U Street and Shaw neighborhoods long after our tour is over.

What to Expect

Please plan on wearing comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Also, please be aware that we will be crossing several busy streets throughout our adventure, so mind your step and always keep an eye out!

Our Tour Guides

All of our tour guides are certified experts in both art and history. Together they bring years of museum and storytelling experience, as well as an endless passion for arts, education, and culture. They have spent countless hours guiding locals and visitors through the street art and murals of Washington, D.C., and they look forward to doing so with you.

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