SMITH­SO­NIAN IN­STI­TU­TION

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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 ex­pe­ri­ence (slave cabin, Em­mett Till’s cas­ket, Chuck Berry’s red Cadil­lac). Oprah Winfrey The­ater, Con­tem­pla­tive Court. “More Than a Pic­ture,” 150 pho­tos high­light­ing the Civil Rights Move­ment, Civil War and African-Amer­i­can women and chil­dren, on­go­ing. 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, three months out (check web­site for Septem­ber passes.). 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. New Pulse­works VR Trans­porter ride with visi­tors play­ing astro­naut in a vir­tual re­al­ity ad­ven­ture on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, com­plete with mo­tion ef­fects. 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. Pulse­works VR Trans­porter: $12. 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. “Within These Walls...,” a Ge­or­gianstyle two-story home telling the stories of five fam­i­lies who lived there over 200 years. 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. “Pa­triot Na­tions: Na­tive Amer­i­cans in Our Na­tion’s Armed Forces,” high­light­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Amer­i­can In­di­ans from the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War to to­day’s con­flicts, on­go­ing. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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, timed- en­try 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

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