SUM­MER GUIDE

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HIS­TORIC HOUSES DUMBARTON OAKS MU­SEUM AND GAR­DENS

Site of the United Na­tions 1944 be­gin­nings. A 19th­cen­tury manse (re­cently ren­o­vated) plus Philip John­son­de­signed pav­il­ion. Li­brary for Byzan­tine, pre- Columbian and gar­den stud­ies. Gift shop. Mu­seum: Daily 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Ten-acre for­mal gar­dens: Tues.-Sun. 2- 6 p.m. Mu­seum free. Gar­dens $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents/chil­dren (12 and un­der) $5. Ar­range in ad­vance for guided tours. 1703 32nd St. NW, 202.339.6400

FRED­ER­ICK DOUGLASS NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

Hill­top res­i­dence of the 19th- cen­tury or­a­tor and abo­li­tion­ist, re­stored to its 1895 ap­pear­ance with orig­i­nal ob­jects. By guided tour only. Re­serve in ad­vance by call­ing or vis­it­ing web­site. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1411 W St. SE, 202.426.5961 Metro: Ana­cos­tia

HILLWOOD ES­TATE, MU­SE­UMS AND GAR­DENS

Ce­real heiress Mar­jorie Mer­ri­weather Post’s res­i­dence with her czarist trea­sures, jew­elry. Guided, au­dio, printed tours of man­sion and gar­dens plus “spe­cial ac­cess” tours. Teas. “Friends and Fash­ion: An Amer­i­can Di­plo­mat in 1820s Rus­sia,” wa­ter­col­ors cap­tur­ing en­voy life in St. Peters­burg,

through June 11. Cafe, gift shop. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $18, se­niors $15, col­lege stu­dents $10, chil­dren (6-18) $5, un­der 6 free. Park­ing. 4155 Lin­nean Ave. NW, 202.686.5807

MOUNT VER­NON

Ge­orge Washington’s hill­top home by the Po­tomac River, with 14 rooms fur­nished per a 1799 in­ven­tory, plus newly re­vealed “Chintz Room.” The first cou­ple’s tomb, gar­dens, blacksmith shop, 16-sided tread­ing barn, re­con­structed slave cabin. High-tech Ford Ori­en­ta­tion Cen­ter and Don­ald W. Reynolds Mu­seum and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter. Tours in­clude “Na­tional Trea­sure” and slave life. “Lives Bound To­gether: Slav­ery at Ge­orge Washington’s Mount Ver­non,” ar­ti­facts (many ex­ca­vated from the grounds) high­light­ing 19 en­slaved peo­ple and their re­la­tion­ship with the first pres­i­dent, on­go­ing. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, se­niors $19, chil­dren (6-11) $10, un­der 6 free. Dis­count pack­ages avail­able. Six­teen miles south of D.C. via G.W. Me­mo­rial Park­way, Alexan­dria, Va., 703.780.2000

PRES­I­DENT LIN­COLN’S COT­TAGE

Re­stored re­treat where Lin­coln drafted the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion, site deemed a na­tional mon­u­ment by Bill Clin­ton in 2000. Ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. Guided tours only, reser­va­tions on­line. “Amer­i­can By Be­lief,” the 16th pres­i­dent’s poli­cies fea­tur­ing the im­mi­gra­tion act signed into law by Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan in 1986, ongo

ing. Mon.-Sat. first tour 10 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sun. first tour 11 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. $15, mil­i­tary $12, chil­dren (6-12) $5. 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, 202.829.0436

THE PRES­I­DENT WOODROW WIL­SON HOUSE

The 1920s time cap­sule home to the 28th pres­i­dent after the White House. Ob­jects owned by or given to Wil­son dur­ing his pres­i­dency. Monthly vin­tage game nights en­cour­ag­ing pe­riod at­tire. Check web­site for sched­ule. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents $5, un­der 12 free. 2340 S St. NW, 202.387.4062

SEWALL- BELMONT HOUSE

Now a fem­i­nist mu­seum and li­brary, Capi­tol Hill’s old­est house (1798, with parts dat­ing to 1680), once the home of suf­fragette Alice Paul, drafter of the Equal Rights Amend­ment. HQ to the Na­tional Woman’s Party. Tours Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. ADA ac­ces­si­ble. Gift

shop. $8, mem­bers/un­der 7 free. En­trance on 2nd St. next to Hart Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing. 2nd St. NE & Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NE, 202.546.1210 Metro: Union Sta­tion

TU­DOR PLACE

Neo­clas­si­cal (1816) Ge­orge­town man­sion, home of Martha Washington’s grand­daugh­ter, and 5.5-acre gar­dens. Na­tional His­toric Land­mark with largest col­lec­tion of Ge­orge Washington’s per­sonal items other than at Mount Ver­non. Gar­den tours ($3). Guided tours on the hour. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun. noon- 4 p.m. $10, se­niors/ col­lege stu­dents/mil­i­tary $8, stu­dents (5-17) $3, un­der 5 free. Self- guided gar­den-only tour $3. 1644 31st St. NW, 202.965.0400

NA­TIONAL LAND­MARKS AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN CIVIL WAR ME­MO­RIAL AND MU­SEUM

Bronzes of African-Amer­i­can Union sol­diers, sailors; sur­round­ing walls list 200,000 etched names of sol­diers and of­fi­cers. 10th St. & Ver­mont Ave. NW; mu­seum at 1925 Ver­mont Ave. NW ( Tues.- Fri. 10 a.m.6:30 p.m., Sat. till 4 p.m., Sun. noon- 4 p.m.), 202.667.2667 Metro: U St.- Car­dozo

AR­LING­TON NA­TIONAL CEME­TERY

In­terred here, thou­sands of vet­er­ans and gov­ern­ment per­son­nel. Chang­ing of the guards ev­ery half hour. Daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Self- guided tours free; bus tour $12, chil­dren $6. 214 McNair Road, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 877.907.8585 Metro: Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery

Kennedy Gravesites— John F. Kennedy’s grave with eter­nal flame, be­side grave of his wife Jac­que­line and near graves of broth­ers Robert and Ed­ward Tomb of the Un­knowns— Gravesites of one uniden­ti­fied sol­dier from each World War and the Korean War; Viet­nam War sol­dier’s tomb empty since iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in 1998

Iwo Jima Me­mo­rial— Bronze Ma­rine Corps Me­mo­rial near the Nether­lands Car­il­lon Women in Mil­i­tary Ser­vice

for Amer­ica me­mo­rial— Arch and Hall of Honor for nearly two mil­lion women of the U. S. armed forces

Ar­ling­ton House— For­mer hill­top home of Con­fed­er­ate Gen­eral Robert E. Lee

FRANKLIN D. ROO­SEVELT ME­MO­RIAL

A 7.5-acre land­scaped park of wa­ter­falls, tableaux pay­ing homage to the 32nd pres­i­dent. Bronze sculp­tures (some by Ge­orge Se­gal) and bas-re­liefs de­pict Roo­sevelt, wife Eleanor, dog Fala, plus scenes from the De­pres­sion through WWII. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours. West Po­tomac Park along Basin Drive SW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Smith­so­nian (half a mile)

JEF­FER­SON ME­MO­RIAL

At the Tidal Basin, John Rus­sell Pope’s neo­clas­si­cal mar­ble mon­u­ment for the third U. S. pres­i­dent and main au­thor of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours. Ranger talks ev­ery hour 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Book­store. Park­ing (south side). South end of 15th St. SW, 202.426.6841

LI­BRARY OF CONGRESS

World’s largest li­brary holds more than 130 mil­lion books, manuscripts, ob­jects. Guten­berg Bible, re- cre­ation of Thomas Jef­fer­son’s found­ing col­lec­tion. “Echoes of the Great War: Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ences of World War I,” doc­u­ments, ar­ti­facts, pho­to­graphs and more delv­ing into a con­flict that for­ever changed the world; “Herblock Gallery cel­e­brat­ing the ed­i­to­rial car­toon­ist’s in­flu­en­tial work, both on­go­ing. Mon.Sat. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Tours. Free. Jef­fer­son Build­ing, 10 First St. SE, 202.707.8000; James Madi­son Me­mo­rial Build­ing, 101 In­de­pen­dence Ave. SE, 202.707.9779 Metro: Capi­tol South

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NA­TIONAL ME­MO­RIAL

The new­est me­mo­rial on the Na­tional Mall, com­mem­o­rat­ing the life and work of the civil rights leader. A nearly 30-foot-high statue of King emerges from a gran­ite block, the Stone of Hope, and in­scrip­tion walls bear his elo­quent words. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours. North­west cor­ner of Tidal Basin at the in­ter­sec­tion of West Basin Drive SW & In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW, 888.484.3373

NA­TIONAL AR­CHIVES

The “Char­ters of Free­dom”— Bill of Rights, U. S. Con­sti­tu­tion, Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. The­ater with free films. David M. Ruben­stein Gallery, Vis­i­tor Ori­en­ta­tion Plaza. ” Records of Rights,” per­sonal doc­u­ments of African-Amer­i­cans, women and im­mi­grants plus the 1297 Magna Carta, and “Pub­lic Vaults,” an in­ter­ac­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of doc­u­ments, records,

both on­go­ing. Daily 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. (Last ad­mis­sion at 5 p.m.) Gift shop. Free. 700 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW (en­ter ro­tunda on Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW), 877.874.7616 Metro: Ar­chives- Navy Me­mo­rial

NA­TIONAL MALL

Pierre L’En­fant’s grand land­scape from the U. S. Capi­tol to the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial. All memo­ri­als free, open 24 hours.

U. S. Capi­tol— At the east end, home of the U. S. Congress since 1800 (Mon.Sat. 8: 30 a. m.- 4: 30 p. m.). See Vis­i­tor Cen­ters list­ings for more info. 202.225.6827, Capi­tol: 202.224.3121 Metro: Capi­tol South

Washington Mon­u­ment— World’s tallest free­stand­ing ma­sonry struc­ture with el­e­va­tor (closed un­til 2019 for

re­pairs) to mu­seum, ob­ser­va­tion deck. 15th St. NW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Smith­so­nian

Lin­coln Me­mo­rial— Greek­style tem­ple with statue by Daniel Chester French. Vis­i­tors cen­ter daily 8 a. m.-mid­night. Gift shop. South of Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW at 23rd St., 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bot­tom- GWU (1 mile) Korean War Vet­er­ans

Me­mo­rial— The Pool of Re­mem­brance, steel sol­diers, gran­ite relief. In­de­pen­dence Ave. & Daniel French Drive SW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bot­tom- GWU (1 mile) World War II Me­mo­rial— Neo­clas­si­cal plaza ded­i­cated to 400,000 Amer­i­can lives lost. 17th St. NW be­tween Con­sti­tu­tion & In­de­pen­dence aves., 202.426.6841 Metro: Smith­so­nian (five blocks) Viet­nam Vet­er­ans

Me­mo­rial— Maya Lin’s dra­matic trib­ute in­scribed with more than 58,000 names of dead or miss­ing sol­diers. Fig­u­ra­tive sculp­tures hon­or­ing sol­diers, nurses. Direc­to­ries of names. Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW be­tween 21st & 22nd sts., 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bot­tom- GWU (1 mile) U. S. Dept. of De­fense HQ and nerve cen­ter for com­mand and con­trol. On-site me­mo­rial (ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours) ded­i­cated to 184 lives lost there in the 9/11 at­tack. Tours Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Re­serve on­line at least one week prior. Group tours. Free. Army Navy Drive & Fern St., Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.697.1776 Metro: Pen­tagon The na­tion’s high­est tri­bunal. Jus­tices con­vene Oc­to­ber through June in pub­lic ses­sions. Lines form to hear whole ar­gu­ments (seat­ing starts at 9:30 a.m.) or three-minute por­tions

(seat­ing starts at 10 a.m.). Lines re-form after lunch. When court isn’t sit­ting, lec­tures on the half hour from 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Free. Cafe­te­ria, gift shop. Plaza-level en­trance fa­cil­i­tates se­cu­rity checks for en­try. First St. NE be­tween Mary­land Ave. & E. Capi­tol St., 202.479.3030 Metro: Capi­tol South

U. S. HOLO­CAUST ME­MO­RIAL MU­SEUM

By ar­chi­tect James Ingo Freed, Amer­ica’s only na­tional me­mo­rial to geno­cide. More than 900 ar­ti­facts, 70 video mon­i­tors, four theaters, con­tem­po­rary art, room for re­flec­tion. Daily 10 a.m.5:20 p.m. Gift shop, cafe, li­brary (Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.5 p.m.) Free. 100 Raoul Wal­len­berg Place SW (14th St. main en­try), 202.488.0400 Metro: Smith­so­nian

THE WHITE HOUSE

Pres­i­den­tial res­i­dence from the time of John Adams. Photo ops from north and south gates. Self- guided pub­lic tour re­quests must be submitted through a mem­ber of Congress at least 21 days ahead. Tours Tues.-Thurs. 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Fri.-Sat. 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. See Vis­i­tor Cen­ters list­ing for more info. 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW Metro: McPher­son Sq or Far­ragut West

POINTS OF IN­TER­EST AIR FORCE ME­MO­RIAL

Free per­for­mances by the U. S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard Drill Team plus wreath-lay­ing cer­e­monies. See sched­ule on­line. One Air Force Me­mo­rial Drive, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.979.0674

AMER­I­CAN VET­ER­ANS DIS­ABLED FOR LIFE ME­MO­RIAL

Land­scape ar­chi­tect Michael Ver­ga­son’s star-shaped foun­tain with eter­nal flame book­ended by a grove of trees hon­or­ing men and women in­jured in com­bat.

In­spi­ra­tional quotes and pro­files etched in glass and gran­ite with bronze sculp­tures de­pict­ing the pain and courage of more than 4 mil­lion dis­abled vet­er­ans. Ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours. 150 Washington Ave. SW, at 2nd and C sts., 800.331.7590 Metro: Capi­tol South (about five blocks)

BASIL­ICA OF THE NA­TIONAL SHRINE OF THE IM­MAC­U­LATE CON­CEP­TION

Ded­i­cated to the Vir­gin Mary, the largest Ro­man Catholic basil­ica in North Amer­ica and one of 10 largest churches in the world blends Byzan­tine and Ro­manesque ar­chi­tec­ture. Largest col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal art in the world. Un­der­croft of more than 70 chapels and or­a­to­ries. Daily 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tours: free au­dio or guided Mon.-Sat. 9-11 a.m. and 13 p.m., Sun. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Cafe­te­ria, gift store, book shop. 400 Michi­gan Ave. NE, 202.526.8300 Metro: Brook­land- CUA

CON­GRES­SIONAL CEME­TERY

Founded in 1807, a bu­colic grave­yard shel­ter­ing the re­mains of John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover and Civil War pho­tog­ra­pher Mathew Brady. To­day a pop­u­lar spot for dog­walk­ers. Map on­line or at ceme­tery gates. See web­site for avail­able walk­ing tours. Grounds open dawn­dusk. 1801 E St. SE, 202.543.0539 Metro: Po­tomac Av­enue or Sta­dium Ar­mory

DAR MU­SEUM

HQ of the Na­tional So­ci­ety of the Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. More than 30 rooms in pe­riod/re­gional styles, im­por­tant ge­neal­ogy li­brary. Mon.- Fri. 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Free. Tours Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. 1776 D St. NW, 202.628.1776

FOLGER SHAKE­SPEARE LI­BRARY

World’s largest col­lec­tion of First Fo­lios, mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibit hall with film, ac­tive Globe-like the­ater, con­certs, El­iz­a­bethan gar­den. “Paint­ing Shake­speare,” the Bard’s in­flu­ence on vis­ual works from lit­tle-known oils to fa­mous mas­ter­pieces, open­ing

May 13. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. Guided tours Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Li­brary for schol­ars only. Gift shop. 201 E. Capi­tol St. SE, 202.544.4600 Metro: Capi­tol South

FRANCISCAN MONASTERY

Founded in 1899 by Franciscan fri­ars, 42 acres of woods and land­scaped gar­dens sur­round­ing a turnof-the cen­tury, Byzan­tine-style church mod­eled after Is­tan­bul’s Ha­gia Sophia. Also shrines of the Holy Land and Ro­man-style cat­a­combs. Guided tours hourly Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (ex­cept noon1 p.m.), Sun. 1-3 p.m. Sea­sonal gar­den tours. Free. Vir­tual tour on­line. Gift shop. 1400 Quincy St. NE, 202.526.6800

GE­ORGE WASHINGTON UNIVER­SITY MU­SEUM AND THE TEX­TILE MU­SEUM

Two mu­se­ums housed in con­nected struc­tures. In the Al­bert H. Small Wash­ing­to­ni­ana Col­lec­tion: nearly 1,000 printed ar­ti­facts doc­u­ment­ing D.C.’s his­tory from the 18th to 20th cen­turies. In the Tex­tile Mu­seum: more than 19,000 cloth ob­jects dat­ing from 3000 BCE to the present. “In­spir­ing Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fash­ion Fair,” telling the story of fair founder Eu­nice W. John­son through stun­ning cloth­ing, through July 24. On the Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity cam­pus. Mon. and Wed.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.6:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. 701 21st St. NW, 202.994.5200 Metro: Foggy Bot­tom

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SPY MU­SEUM

Ar­ti­facts like WWII Ger­man Enigma cipher, East Ger­man cam­era for see­ing through walls. Ex­hibits on spy rings of World War II, in­tel train­ing. “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Vil­lains,” ob­jects that trace crooks and se­cret lairs from the films. “Op­er­a­tion Spy,” guests as­sume the role of an agent in an hour-long, adren­a­line-fu­eled mis­sion. Daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $21.95, se­niors/mil­i­tary/in­tel­li­gence (with ID) $15.95, chil­dren 7-11 $14.95, un­der 6 free. Spy store. 800 F St. NW, 202.393.7798 Metro: Gallery Pl- Chi­na­town

THE L. RON HUB­BARD HOUSE

Free tours of the Found­ing Church of Scien­tol­ogy as it looked when the au­thor, avi­a­tor and hu­man­i­tar­ian lived and worked here. Daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. 1812 19th St. NW, 202.234.7490 Metro: Dupont Cir­cle (South)

NA­TIONAL FIREARMS MU­SEUM

At Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion HQ, 15 gal­leries span six cen­turies with his­toric ri­fles, pis­tols and dis­plays on hunt­ing. Free. Daily 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fair­fax, Va., 703.267.1600

NA­TIONAL GE­O­GRAPHIC MU­SEUM

At the So­ci­ety’s head­quar­ters, gallery spa­ces plus Ex­plor­ers Hall with ex­hibits and lec­tures. “Earth Ex­plor­ers,” bring­ing the glo­be­trot­ting or­ga­ni­za­tion’s work to life through im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences (sim­u­lated hot air balloon ride, replica sub­mersible), through Sept. 17. Daily 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $15, se­niors/ mil­i­tary/stu­dents $12, kids (512) $10, un­der 5 free. Gift shop. 1145 17th St. NW, 202.857.7700 Metro: Far­ragut North or Far­ragut West

NA­TIONAL MU­SEUM OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY

In­side a for­mer naval gun fac­tory at the his­toric Washington Navy Yard, dis­play­ing per­ma­nent ex­hibits on the World Wars, Navy sub­marines and “for­got­ten” wars in the 19th cen­tury, plus tem­po­rary ex­hibits. Free tours year-round. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. (and hol­i­days) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 11th & O sts. SE, 202.433.4882 Metro: Navy Yard

NEW­SEUM

A 250,000-sq.-ft. venue laud­ing the First Amend­ment. Sec­tions of Ber­lin Wall, his­toric front pages since the Civil War, plus theaters, gal­leries, in­ter­ac­tive sta­tions. Newly ren­o­vated Pulitzer-prize win­ners photo sec­tion, 9/11 me­mo­rial, front pages daily from ev­ery U. S. state. “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Pol­i­tics,” iconic ob­jects, pho­to­graphs am­pli­fy­ing mu­sic’s in­flu­ence on pol­i­tics and so­cial change, through July 31. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $24.95, se­niors/mil­i­tary/stu­dents $19.95, chil­dren (7-18) $14.95, 6 and un­der free. Dis­counts avail­able for fam­i­lies, ad­vance tick­ets on­line. 555 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 888.639.7386 Metro: Ar­chives- Navy Me­mo­rial

O STREET MU­SEUM

In five con­nected town houses, 100 rooms and 32 se­cret doors filled with an eclec­tic col­lec­tion (ar­chi­tec­ture to mu­sic, all avail­able for pur­chase). Themed tours: trea­sure hunt, cham­pagne, etc. Prices vary. Daily 11 a.m.3 p.m. by on­line reser­va­tion. Live mu­sic. Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2020 O St. NW, no phone Metro: Dupont Cir­cle (South)

U. S. BOTANIC GAR­DEN

West of the Capi­tol, North Amer­ica’s old­est with Art Deco- era glass con­ser­va­tory, jun­gle area, orchid house. “Or­chids: A Mo­ment,” ex­otic spec­i­mens in all shapes, col­ors and sizes dis­played at the Hir­sh­horn Mu­seum (see Art list­ings), through

May 14. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 100 Mary­land Ave. SW,

202.225.8333 Metro: Fed­eral Cen­ter SW

U. S. NAVY ME­MO­RIAL

Plaza with sailor statue hon­or­ing those who died in ser­vice leads to Naval Her­itage Cen­ter with ex­hibits and the­ater (daily screen­ings). “Navy EOD: The World’s Most Ca­pa­ble Bomb Squad-Air, Land and Sea,” an authen­tic bomb dis­posal suit, a ro­bot, his­tory of IED weapons. Cen­ter Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.5 p.m. Me­mo­rial ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours. Free. 701 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202.737.2300 Metro: Ar­chives- Navy Me­mo­rial

WASHINGTON HAR­BOUR

At the south end of Ge­orge­town, a bustling wa­ter­front zone with a board­walk, restau­rants, D.C.’s largest out­door ice skat­ing rink in win­ter, and views of Key Bridge and the Kennedy Cen­ter. 3050 K St. NW, 202.295.5007

WASHINGTON NA­TIONAL CATHE­DRAL

World’s sixth largest cathe­dral, Gothic-style “Church for Na­tional Pur­poses.” Woodrow Wil­son’s grave, con­cert sched­ule. Park­ing be­neath, free on Sun. Themed guided tours daily (prices vary, check web­site). Gar­dens till dusk. $12, 17 and un­der $8, 5 and un­der free (no ad­mis­sion charge for Sun. tours). Gift shops, cafe. Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.5:30 p.m., Sat. till 4:30 p.m., Sun. (for ser­vices) 8 a.m.5 p.m. See web­site to con­trib­ute to earth­quake dam­age fund. 3101 Wis­con­sin Ave. NW, 202.537.6200

SMITH­SO­NIAN IN­STI­TU­TION AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY AND CUL­TURE MU­SEUM

New LEED ed­i­fice of glass wrapped in bronze-toned metal pan­els evok­ing a Yoruban crown and iron­work crafted in U. S. by “in­vis­i­ble” slaves. Ar­ti­facts trac­ing the African-Amer­i­can ex­peri-

ence (slave cabin, Em­mett Till’s cas­ket, Chuck Berry’s red Cadil­lac). Oprah Win­frey The­ater, Con­tem­pla­tive Court. Cafe, gift shop. Timed- en­try passes re­quired. Same- day passes avail­able on­line at 6:30 a.m. daily and from Vis­i­tor Ser­vices at 1 p.m. week­days (Madi­son Drive en­trance). Ad­vanced passes re­leased monthly (Au­gust tick­ets avail­able May 3 at 9 a.m.). Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1400 Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW, 844.750.3012 Metro: Smith­so­nian

AIR AND SPACE MU­SEUM

World’s largest col­lec­tion of air­craft and space ve­hi­cles (Lind­bergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1, 1903 Wright Flyer). Ren­o­vated Boe­ing Mile­stones of Flight Hall with Apollo Lu­nar Mod­ule and En­ter­prise Fed­er­a­tion studio model from “Star Trek” tele­vi­sion se­ries. In­ter­ac­tive kiosks. At Lock­heed Martin IMAX The­ater and Al­bert Ein­stein Plan­e­tar­ium, avi­a­tion and space-re­lated shows daily from 10:30 a.m. Daily 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Tours 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. IMAX and plan­e­tar­ium shows: $9, se­niors $8, chil­dren $7.50. Gift shop, food court. 6th St. & In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW, 202.633.2214 Metro: L’En­fant Plaza

AIR AND SPACE MU­SEUM UDVAR HAZY CEN­TER

Hangar-like fa­cil­ity near Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port dis­play­ing 160-plus air­craft. The Enola Gay (first to drop an atomic bomb), F- 4 Phan­tom, space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery and Sky Baby, at one time, the world’s small­est air­craft.

On­go­ing: “Trans­form­ers: More Than Meets the Eye!,” iconic toys and props from the Para­mount/Dreamworks film “Trans­form­ers: Re­venge of the Fallen.” Daily 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. IMAX the­ater, flight sim­u­la­tions. IMAX tick­ets: $9, se­niors $8, chil­dren (212) $7.50. The­ater info: 866.868.7774. Park­ing ($15) or fre­quent shut­tle be­tween Dulles Air­port and mu­seum. 14390 Air and Space Mu­seum Park­way, Chan­tilly, Va., 202.633.1000

AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY MU­SEUM

Na­tional repos­i­tory of cul­tural, sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal her­itage. Thomas Jef­fer­son’s desk, Wool­worth lunch counter where the “Greens­boro Four” be­gan the 1960 protest, a piece of Ply­mouth Rock. The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner gallery holds the re­stored flag.

On­go­ing: “The First Ladies,” gowns, mem­o­ra­bilia from pres­i­den­cies past. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gift shops, ice cream par­lor, cafe­te­ria. 14th St. & Con­sti­tu­tion, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smith­so­nian

AMER­I­CAN IN­DIAN MU­SEUM

Curvi­lin­ear build­ing of golden-hued lime­stone faces the ris­ing sun, in keep­ing with Na­tive Amer­i­can tra­di­tions. Tribal ex­hi­bi­tions. ”For a Love of His Peo­ple: The Photography of Ho­race Poolaw,” an in­sider’s look at daily life among Na­tive Amer­i­cans in the South­ern Plains (1920s-1970s), through

June 4. On­go­ing: “Our Uni­verses: Tra­di­tional Knowl­edge Shapes Our World,” ob­jects demon­strat­ing how in­dige­nous peo­ple view the or­der of the world. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Groups re­serve timed en­try. Gift shops, two theaters, cafe. 4th St. & In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: L’En­fant Plaza

THE CAS­TLE

The first Smith­so­nian build­ing with info cen­ter, James Smith­son’s crypt, sam­ples from the col­lec­tion.

On­go­ing: “Wel­come to Your Smith­so­nian,” an over­view of the in­sti­tu­tion’s his­tory, re­search, role in Amer­i­can cul­ture; “The Ear­li­est Known Pho­to­graph of the Cas­tle,” an 1850 shot of the build­ing un­der con­struc­tion; “Views from the Tall Tower,” how Washington’s sky­line has

changed since 1863. Cafe. Daily 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Haupt Gar­den (south side) daily 6:30 a.m.- dusk. 1000 Jef­fer­son Drive SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smith­so­nian

NA­TIONAL POSTAL MU­SEUM

For­mer main post of­fice, now mu­seum of postal ar­ti­facts, stamps, mul­ti­me­dia sta­tions, ex­hibits. “PostSe­cret: The Power of a Post­card,” se­crets con­fessed in more than 500 art­fully de­signed cards from around the world; “1856 Bri­tish Guiana One- Cent Ma­genta,” the world’s rarest stamp, now owned by shoe de­signer Stu­art Weitz­man,

both on­go­ing. Daily 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Work­shops, wel­come cen­ter, gift shop, post of­fice. 2 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NE, 202.633.1000 Metro: Union Sta­tion

NA­TIONAL ZOO

Founded in 1889, a 163-acre zoo with more than 2,000 an­i­mals like gi­ant pan­das Tian Tian and Mei Xiang plus male cub Bei Bei. Ele­phant Trails ex­hibit with wooded ex­er­cise trek. Asia Trail with gi­ant sloths, clouded leop­ards. Amer­i­can Trail with sea ot­ters, seals. So­lar-pow­ered carousel ($3). Ex­hibit build­ings daily 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., grounds 8 a.m.7 p.m., vis­i­tor cen­ter 9 a.m.6 p.m., shops/din­ing 9 a.m.5 p.m. Last ad­mit­tance 6 p.m. Free en­try, park­ing $22. 3001 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.673.4888 Metro: Cleve­land Park (down­hill to zoo) or Wood­ley Park-Zoo (uphill to zoo)

NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY MU­SEUM

Ex­hibits track the nat­u­ral world since pre­his­toric time (an­thro­pol­ogy to zo­ol­ogy). In the Ro­tunda, taxi­der­mic African ele­phant Henry stars in a replica An­golan habi­tat. Hall of Ge­ol­ogy, Gems and Min­er­als for Hope Di­a­mond. But­ter­fly Pav­il­ion ($6, $5.50 se­niors, $5 chil­dren; Tues. free, tick­ets re­quired). “Q?rius,” 10,000-square-foot learn­ing cen­ter for teens. “The REX Room,” where con­ser­va­tion­ists work out of sight on “Na­tion’s T. Rex,” the real specimen to star in a ren­o­vated Na­tional Fos­sil Hall, open­ing 2019. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. IMAX the­ater ($8, se­niors/ chil­dren $6.50). Cafe and gift shop. Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. at 10th St. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Fed­eral Tri­an­gle or Smith­so­nian

VIS­I­TOR CEN­TERS ALEXAN­DRIA VIS­I­TORS CEN­TER

In the re­con­structed home of city founder Wil­liam Ram­say, brochures, tick­ets, maps, gifts. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 221 King St., Alexan­dria, 703.746.3301 Metro: King St.

D.C. TOURIST IN­FOR­MA­TION CEN­TER

Tour ad­vice, brochures, city guides, maps. Mon.- Fri. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Closed week­ends. 506 9th St. NW at E St., 202.347.7201 Metro: Gallery Pl- Chi­na­town

U. S. CAPI­TOL VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER

En­try­way to the U. S. Capi­tol with ex­hibits, ar­ti­facts, in­ter­ac­tive kiosks. No passes re­quired to en­ter the cen­ter. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Guided one-hour Capi­tol tours Mon.-Sat. 8:50 a.m.3:20 p.m. Free. Ad­mis­sion to House or Se­nate gal­leries is­sued by a con­stituent’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive or se­na­tor. Some same- day passes at CVC in­for­ma­tion desks. Below the East Plaza of the Capi­tol be­tween Con­sti­tu­tion & In­de­pen­dence aves., 202.226.8000 Metro: Capi­tol South

WHITE HOUSE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER

Re­opened after a $12.5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion with free in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, videos the res­i­dence and its oc­cu­pants. Free. Gift shop. Daily 7:30 a.m.4 p.m. (closed Thanks­giv­ing) 1450 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW at 15th St. NW, 202.208.1631 Metro: Fed­eral Tri­an­gle

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