Other notable documents stored here include an original version of the 1297 Magna Carta, the Louisiana Purchase Treaty, and the Emancipation Proclamation. The West and East buildings are connected via underground tunnel. Even in the larger museums, such as the and , you need to target specific exhibits, or your time will be zapped in one place. The most famous feature of this 1997 memorial is a large-scale bronze sculpture of Roosevelt and his beloved terrier, Fala. Designed by John Russell Pope to resemble Jefferson's library, the columned rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial is similar in style to the Pantheon in Rome. On your way down, the elevator descends slowly, allowing passengers to see some of the 192 carved stones inserted into the interior walls.Next
Other free museums include the and the. Although the cemetery is not right in the city, both the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metrorail system and Metrobus have stops close to the gate. Special tours, reserved in advance, explore hidden parts of the building and its art; families should ask for the brochure Explore the Cathedral with Children for a scavenger hunt to find wrought iron animals, tiny carvings, and gargoyles. Many of the murals depict great moments and people in United States' history. Along with providing a park for walking, running, and picnicking, the Mall is a place for celebrations and festivals. Favorite exhibits include the renowned Hope Diamond and the dazzling collection of gems and minerals around it; Ocean Hall with its stunning underwater photography and replica of a 45-foot North Atlantic Right Whale; and the Hall of Human Origins, which follows human evolution over six million years in response to a changing world. Inside the domed interior is a 19ft 6m bronze likeness of Jefferson; excerpts from Jefferson's writings are etched into the walls.
Stroll through the bustling streets of , filled with shopping destinations and restaurants, and then make your way to the Georgetown Waterfront to take in views of the Potomac and enjoy a meal at one of the dining venues overlooking the water. Though Lincoln's speeches are the only two present here now, there have been many other historical speeches that have taken place at this site, including Martin Luther King Jr. The drum-shaped Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden traces the history of modern art from the mid-1800s, through more than 12,000 pieces of art and sculpture. You'll see sections of the Berlin Wall and hear the first news reports of its fall, follow the reports of the assassination of President John F. Stretching from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall is a wide, tree-lined expanse of open space between the Constitution and Independence avenues.Next
Displayed here are one of the three surviving complete Gutenberg Bibles, an earlier hand-printed Bible, Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson's personal library, and galleries filled with exhibits focusing on topics as varied as the musical careers of the Gershwin brothers and the work of editorial cartoonists and graphic artists. The newer East Wing features sculptures by Henry Moore, a mobile by Alexander Calder, and other modern works. The seated figures in front of the building represent the female Contemplation of Justice and the male Guardian of Law; panels on the bronze front doors depict the history of jurisprudence. Wait times can be daunting, so plan to line up well before the archives open at 10 a. Near M Street and five minutes from the Foggy Bottom Metro, has kitchenettes and free breakfast, within walking distance of the White House.
Washington Monument and the National Mall The National Mall is one of the most picturesque areas of the city, highlighted by the towering in the center, and lined with several commemorative monuments. In a solemn and impressive ceremony, the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is changed every hour on the hour October 1 to March 31, and every half hour April 1 through September 30. A visit to George Washington's Virginia home, Mount Vernon, is an easy escape from Washington D. If you come in late March or early April, the cherry trees at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial will be blazing pink. The lower floor moves from fact to fiction, filled with information and actual props used in James Bond movies.Next
One of the most popular things to do with children in Washington, the Museum of Natural History explores the natural world with permanent and changing exhibits to interest all ages. Based on the sizable collection of financier and later Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon, its large and diverse collection includes masterpieces of European and American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Near this are two of his most famous speeches, the Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address. The National Parks Service conducts tours of the house, while the grounds are open to the public. Assess the interests of your group—U. Even the part of the Smithsonian family is free.Next
Children will especially like the dinosaur exhibits and the interactive Discovery Room where they can touch and play with various artifacts. Construction of the obelisk to honor the nation's first president did not proceed smoothly. In the days before September 11, 2001, it was possible to descend the 897 steps. In a city of icons, the Lincoln Memorial is truly a highlight. Going far beyond a history of journalism, the Newseum combines films, interactive exhibits, and static displays to show how the public learns of breaking events. Soldiers march before it 24 hours a day, performing an impressive ceremonial changing of the guard every half hour. Look up into the eye of the dome for the Apotheosis of Washington, an allegorical fresco.Next
Today, Georgetown's tidy streets of historic homes and its boutique shops, cafés, restaurants, and small museums make it a popular respite from lines at the mall attractions. On the Potomac banks, the 19-room mansion displays George and Martha's colonial tastes, while the outbuildings and slave quarters show what was needed for the functioning of the estate. This stunning location is also a favorite spot for Hollywood fimls. Many amazing places come with much of confusion! Closest to the Mall sits the , completed in 2011. Strangely, this pale obelisk needling the sky near the Mall's west end was originally conceived as an equestrian statue to honor George Washington, the country's first president. In addition to the museum on the Mall, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, adjacent to Dulles Airport, has even more historic aircraft and space exploration artifacts, including a Concorde and the space shuttle Discovery.Next