Ansel Adams photography collection makes Washingtonian’s Hidden Gems list

Washington, D.C.—been there done that? Think again. If you haven’t wandered far from the national monuments and Smithsonian museums, you still have loads of off-the beaten-track options to explore. One of these “hidden gems” is the Ansel Adams photography collection at The Wilderness Society’s headquarters building, located at 1615 M Street in Northwest Washington, D.C.

This month, the Washingtonian magazine, arguably Washington’s best authority on local life, featured the Ansel Adams collection in its cover story 61 Hidden Gems; An Insider’s Guide to Off-The-Beaten-Path Things to Do and See.

While the collection space is indeed a must-see gem, it’s actually not all that far from the beaten path. The collection is right in the heart of downtown, near Dupont Circle. Visitors can get there easily with a 10  minute walk from the White House—or a short metro ride.

Visiting the Ansel Adams Collection
The photography collection houses 88 original black-and-white photos by Adams, who was a close friend and advocate for The Wilderness Society. Adams gifted 75 of the photographs to The Wilderness Society before his death in 1984, with the other 13 acquired in later years.

The Ansel Adams photography collection is free and open to the public. Filled with iconic images of Yosemite, the Great Smokey Mountains and other grandiose landscapes, it is the perfect remedy for any nature junky needing a break from D.C.’s urban environment. 

The Ansel Adams Collection at The Wilderness Society
The Sumner School building, first floor
1615 M Street, NW in downtown Washington, DC (map here)
Tel: 202-833-2300

10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday-Thursday
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Friday
Closed on weekends and all federal holidays
More about the Ansel Adams collection.