POINTS OF IN­TER­EST

Where Washington - - SIGHTS -

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, on­go­ing. Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon5 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, Byzan­tinestyle 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. “From Ballroom to Bat­tle­field,” spy-tech tools. “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Vil­lains,” ob­jects that trace crooks and se­cret lairs from the films. “Op­er­a­tion Spy,” guests as­sum­ing the role of an agent in an hour-long, adrenaline­fu­eled 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 PlChi­na­town

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)

MADAME TUS­SAUDS

Touch­able wax fig­ures and photo ops with The Bea­tles, Madonna, Tiger Woods,

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