Founded in 1890, this museum has 33 period rooms on display. Over 33,000 objects in the museum come from before 1840.
There are docent led tours here on weekdays from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Fondest memory: The museum is located at 1776 D Street NW.
Information about performances in Constitution Hall may be obtained from: 202-628-4780
Located near Judiciary Square at 401 F Street NW, the National Building Museum is a spectacular structure and houses some of the largest Corinthian Column in the World.
Walk in building tours, lasting 45 minutes, offer access to areas of the building closed to the public. The tours are offered Monday through Wednesday at 12:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am. 12:30 pm. and 1:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.
Fondest memory: There are many exhibitions including sustainable architecture in the 21st century, do it yourself, infrastructures, and tools as art. The photo is from the last mentioned exhibit : The Hechinger Collection.
There are over 600 pieces on exhibit here including old G Man toys, and over 200 spy gadgets such as weapons, bugs, cameras, and spy technology.
There are interactive exhibits about disguise, surveillance, and more.
Learn how a spy must live a life of lies. Adopt a cover identity and learn why a spy needs at least one.
Fondest memory: The museum is located at 800 F Street NW near the MCI Center.
The museum is open at 10:00 am every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. April through October, it closes at 8:00 pm and November through March it closes at 6:00 pm.
The museum closes in inclement weather when the government closes.
Since the museum does not allow photography, this photo is theirs.
Favorite thing: Agriculture, Treasury, the Pentagon, the FBI, the IRS, and all the other branches of government rest in architectural structures ranging from classic to modern. While a tour of some may not be in order for the whole family, you'll no doubt enjoy discovering all the embassies from foreign states, the various stops on the subway, and the sumptuous architecture on most of the main buildings along the Mall.
Here is a list of some of the most exceptional tourist sites.
Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, VA--
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Asian Art)--
Arts and Industries Building- Smithsonian Museum--
Corcoran Gallery of Art--
Department of State (Foggy Bottom)--
Explorer's Hall- National Geographic Society--
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial--
Freer Gallery of Art--
Hillwood Museum and Gardens--
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden--
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts--
Library of Congress--
Mount Vernon in VA--
Ntional Air and Space Museum--
National Gallery of Art (both buildings)--
National Museum of African Art--
National Museum of American Art--
National Museum of American History--
National Museum of Natural History--
National Portrait Gallery--
National Postal Museum--
National Zoological Park (with the new pandas)--
Organization of American States Building--
Paul E Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility in Suitland MD--
Pentagon in Arlington VA--
Potomac Park ( try to be here in Cherry Blossom season. Also look for the Awakening statue--
The Smithsonian Institution (be sure to stop in for orientation)--
Thomas Jefferson Memorial--
United States Capitol--
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum--
United State Supreme Court--
Vietnam Veterans Memorial known as the Wall (pictured here.)--
You should see the FBI tour. Even if your representative can't get tickets, go stand in line. We had no problem getting on the tour. We waited in line for about an hour. We were there in June, it may be more difficult during the busier months of summer.
Fondest memory: Our special visit to the Whitehouse escorted by our Representative, Mark Green. We were able to see the Jackie Onassis Garden. Something most people don't get to see.
It was here in the basement that US currency used to be printed from 1863-1880.
Free tours were available, but I would check first.
Tel No. 622 0896
Metro Station: McPherson Square
This building, located at 900 Jefferson Drive, SW, was opened in 1881 to exhibit materials from the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
Exhibits here change frequently.
Favorite thing: Pierce Mill, a nice, old mill located in Rock Creek Park. You would never know you are in a city center as you drive along Rock Creek Park. Splendid place.