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Arts & Museums
This museum is housed at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Its fun, interactive exhibits will captivate visitors of all ages. The gallery itself is a one-eighth scale replica of the Wright brothers' hangar, where they built their first military airplane. It was here, in 1909, that Wilbur Wright trained military officers to fly. The museum's many artifacts include the Wright brothers' 1911 Wright B, a 1918 'Jenny' airplane that was once used for airmail, and a 1932 Monocoupe aircraft.
National Museum of Health and Medicine has been built to promote an interest in medicine but more importantly in the armed forces and medicine. With a vast collection of over 24,000 objects, the museum tries to show to the visitor how diseases effect the body. Exhibits include diseased body parts, foreign items removed from the body, skeletons etc. Admission is free to the museum, but groups are charged. The museum also has a gift shop that sells books, collectibles and jewelery. Lectures are held in May every year on forensic anthropology. The museum also rents space for events, training courses, party and reception. There are walk-in tours, general tours, human body tours, civil war tour, forensics mystery etc.
DC has a long tradition of quality art museums but take a walk away from the Mall and you will discover a plethora of intriguing small galleries as well. A cozy two level space on U Street, Project 4 Gallery is a new addition to the exciting emerging gallery scene in Washington. Project 4 focuses on contemporary new and international artists using a variety of media. Each exhibit focuses on a specific artist or a "theme" and runs for about one to two months. Expect to see some quirky prints, interesting photography, eye opening paintings and truly intriguing themes. - Christina Chaconas
Fashion trends change as the time passes, but each era and each culture is distinguished by the unique patterns, designs and colors. The Black Fashion Museum established by Joyce Bailey tries to capture the African-American world of fashion in the by-gone era. It has vast collection ranging from articles featuring models to slave dresses. You can actually see the copy of wedding gown of Jackie Kennedy and many other celebrity dresses and gowns. It's a family operated museum and you can visit it with prior appointment only.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General foods. The 40-room mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses a huge collection of art, jewelry and other artifacts that belong to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and pieces of china. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers and plants.
From stagecoach to Model T, learn about the techniques and technologies the U.S. Postal Service has employed to deliver mail over the years. Exhibits at National Postal Museum also demonstrate the important role that mail has played in the country's development. Interactive computer displays and videos of train robberies are especially popular. Stamp collectors should not miss the museum shop. Admission is free.
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue in Washington which was built by German-Jewish immigrants. Its dedication in 1876 was attended by President Ulysses S. Grant. Saved from the wrecking ball in 1969, the museum was moved three blocks to 3rd and G streets and restored as a museum exploring the Jewish contributions to the nation's capital. The permanent collection includes letters, scrapbooks, oral histories, photographs, ritual objects and textiles documenting the history of local Jewish families and organizations.
The oldest house on Capitol Hill, with parts dating back to 1680, Sewall-Belmont House has a fascinating history. Sections of the Louisiana Purchase were written here, and, roughly a century later, the amendment giving women the right to vote was drafted under its roof. In 1929, it was purchased by the National Women's Party, to serve as its headquarters. It is now a museum and library focusing on the advancement of women's political rights. Admission is free.
Mary McLeod Bethune, a noted teacher and political leader, lived in this house from 1943 until her death in 1955. She served as director of the Division of Negro Affairs under Franklin Roosevelt and was an advisor to three other U.S. presidents. The house was the original headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women. Founded by Bethune, the group sought to promote women in society and eliminate all forms of discrimination. Today, the home is a museum dedicated to Bethune and all American black women. A large collection of writings, artwork, photographs and memorabilia are on display. Donations accepted.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
Designed after Italian Renaissance palaces, the brick and terracotta building is palatial and contains a massive 15-story interior with eight Corinthian columns that are 75 feet (23 meters) high. National Building Museum's space has been the site of inaugural balls and a popular Christmas television special. Several tiers of arcades ring the Great Hall, offering space for a variety of architectural exhibits. Foremost among these is a look into the planning and design of Washington, DC. Children will love the touchable model of the nation's capital.
Founded in April 2004 by Daniel Koshland in honor of his wife Marian who was a renowned molecular biologist and immunologist, the Marian Koshland Science Museum is one of the most visited museums in Washington D.C. The mission is to get the general public more involved and aware about the crucial role science plays in daily life. Check website for more on permanent and temporary exhibits. A learning experience is guaranteed.