1380 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 590-9880
Fax: (301) 590-9614
Arts & Museums
Exhibitions featuring works of prominent local artists and those from around the world are held all year around. Galleries are located on the first and second floors. Impressive collections of other well-known museums are made available for viewing as a result of its association with them. Interesting educational programs are conducted for both children and adults. An on-site cafe is open during summer afternoons on weekdays.
As the principal medical research organization in the United States, this state-of-the-art facility in suburban Maryland is an exciting place. The facility is also home to the National Library of Medicine, the largest reference center devoted to a single subject in the world. The library pioneers the use of communications satellites and computer-assisted publishing to communicate to doctors and researchers across the country. The NIH Visitor's Center offers films, exhibits and a model laboratory. Tours of the library are also offered.
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.
Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which is furnished much as she left it. Admission is free.
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.
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.
Set among the fashionable Foxhall Road estates in upper northwest Washington, the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger holds a marvelous collection of 19th and 20th Century art. Artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Rodin are represented, among other artists. A fine collection of African art is also housed here. The Kreeger Museum requires some advance planning to visit since reservations are required to join the docent-led tours, but the effort is well worth it. No people under 12 are permitted.
Since the 1960s, Adams Davidson has been a prominent dealer of American art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Folks with a particular interest in the period from the Revolution to the New Deal will be awed by the gallery's selection includind some of the nation's finest art. At this locale, you can view works by Cole, Church, Homer, Peale and Rockwell.
An interest in the local history will definitely attract you to this place. Herndon Historical Society Museum is steeped in heritage that dates back to 1857. Exhibitions here include historical pictures, artifacts and memorabilia dating back to World War II. This establishment is on the National Register of Historic Places and a visit here offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era.
From El Greco's "The Visitation" to Byzantine and pre-Columbian artworks, jewelry and mosaics, Dumbarton Oaks is filled with elegant treasures. Built in 1801, the estate achieved its height of glory in the wealthy 1920s when it served as the high-society showpiece of Robert Bliss and his heiress wife, Mildred. The gardens occupy 10 acres above Georgetown and include terraced lawns, winding footpaths and elaborate fountains.
One of the top contemporary fine art glass galleries in the world, the Maurine Littleton Gallery regularly exhibits the creations of the finest American glass artists. The gallery boasts permanent displays of glass art and other three-dimensional works in metal, ceramic and fiber. Prominent artists featured here include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Therman Staton and Ginny Ruffner. Most of the glass work is abstract in nature.
Two gracious houses comprise the Textile Museum dedicated to textiles and handmade carpets. The 14,000-piece collection includes examples from around the world. Some items date back to 3000 BC. Bringing together works from the Americas, Spain, the Middle East and Asia, the informative and gracefully displayed exhibits emphasize the artistry of this craft and the cultures the textiles come from. A spacious garden lies behind the museum.