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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Graffiti has always managed to capture people's imagination. VeraCruz takes it a notch higher by bringing it in on their walls. This one-of-a-kind gallery-cum-bar features domestic and international street artists on a rotating basis, who translate their art into vibrant murals that are definitely eye-catching. These art works are also available on sale once the exhibition time is over. The eclectic bar features the best of what Latin America has to offer. So sip on these delightful drinks while looking at the creative murals all around. An interesting spot to stopover, don't miss VeraCruz if you are in town.
Opened on December 2, 2008, the US Capitol Visitor Center is the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building. There are a lot of exhibits and visitors can see the original copy of Franklin Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” speech and a letter from George Washington. There are also two theaters where visitors can learn more about the U.S. government. Reservations for tours are highly recommended.
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.
Famous and distinguished Americans are honored at the National Portrait Gallery in portraits, photographs and other visual media. A wide variety of politicians, artists, scientists and social activists are represented. This gallery is a remarkable testimony to the diverse figures the United States has produced, from Grace Kelly and Boris Karloff to George Washington, Mickey Mantle and Gertrude Stein. Photographs, prints, drawings and sculptures supplement the paintings. Of particular interest is the Hall of Presidents, which features a portrait or sculpture of each chief executive.
Walk through three floors and explore history of crime- fighting and punishment to cutting-edge interactive labs and simulators. Experience hands-on exhibits and check out medieval guillotines, learn about past notorious criminals such as Bonnie and Clyde and Al Capone, and make an escape from a jail cell. Visitors can experience up-close the newest technologies today for fighting crime and catching the bad guys. Try the FBI Shoot Out and the high-speed police chase simulators, or visit the full CSI Lab and conduct forensic investigations. The museum also houses the actual America's Most Wanted Studio where visitors can learn more about community involvement in fighting crime. The museum offers a variety of educational and interactive activities for people of all ages. It's so much fun, it's a crime! - Shirley Hsieh
Any fan of American art should stop by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The George Catlin collection is especially extensive, but fine artists like James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns are also well represented. The museum is surprisingly eclectic. You will find a wide array of crafts from Native Americans and other ethnic minorities. Contemporary creations are especially intriguing. Do not miss the giraffe made of bottle tops or the Hampton Throne. Created in the garage of a local maverick, this foil-and-copper display includes a variety of household items and numerous religious symbols.