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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. NA­TIONAL ME­MO­RIAL Com­mem­o­rat­ing the life and work of the civil rights leader. A nearly 30-foot-high statue of King emerg­ing from a gran­ite block, the Stone of Hope, and in­scrip­tion walls bear­ing his elo­quent words. 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. ”Re­mem­ber­ing Viet­nam,” iconic and re­cently dis­cov­ered records re­lat­ing to 12 crit­i­cal episodes in the Viet­nam War; “Record of Rights,” doc­u­ments and in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit il­lus­trat­ing how Amer­i­cans have de­bated cit­i­zen­ship, free speech, vot­ing rights and equal op­por­tu­nity,

both on­go­ing. Daily 10 am5:30 pm (Last ad­mis­sion at 5 pm). Gift shop. Free. 700 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW (en­ter ro­tunda on Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW), 877.874.7616 Metro: Ar­chives- Navy Me­mo­rial NA­TIONAL MALL Plan­ner Pierre L’En­fant’s grand land­scape. All memo­ri­als free, 24 hours.

U.S. Capi­tol— Home of the U.S. Congress since 1800 (M-Sa 8:30 am-4:30 pm). See Vis­i­tor Cen­ters list­ings for more info. 202.226.8000 Metro: Capi­tol South Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment— World’s tallest free­stand­ing ma­sonry struc­ture with el­e­va­tor ( closed un­til 2019). 15th St. NW, 202.426.6841 Metro: Smith­so­nian

Lin­coln Me­mo­rial— Greek­style tem­ple with statue by Daniel Ch­ester French. Vis­i­tors cen­ter. 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 me­mo­rial with more than 58,000 names of dead or miss­ing sol­diers. Sculp­tures hon­or­ing sol­diers, nurses. Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW be­tween 21st & 22nd sts., 202.426.6841 Metro: Foggy Bot­tom- GWU (1 mile) PEN­TAGON U. S. Dept. of De­fense HQ and nerve cen­ter for com­mand and con­trol. On-site me­mo­rial (ac­ces­si­ble 24 hours) dedi- cated to 184 lives lost there in the 9/11 at­tack. Tours M-Th 10 am- 4 pm, F noon- 4 pm. (No tours on fed­eral hol­i­days). Re­serve on­line at least two weeks prior. Group tours. Free. Army Navy Drive & Fern St., Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.697.1776 Metro: Pen­tagon SUPREME COURT The na­tion’s high­est tri­bunal. Jus­tices con­vene Oc­to­ber through June in public ses­sions. M-F 9 am- 4:30 pm. Free. When court isn’t sit­ting, lec­tures on the half-hour from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. 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 and room for re­flec­tion. Daily 10 am-5:20 pm. Gift shop, cafe and li­brary (M- F 10 am-5 pm) 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 opps from north and south gates. Self- guided public tour re­quests must be sub­mit­ted through a mem­ber of Congress at least 21 days ahead. Tours Tu-Th 7:30 am11:30 am, F-Sa 7:30 am1:30 pm. See Vis­i­tor Cen­ters list­ing for more in­for­ma­tion. 1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202.456.7041 Metro: McPher­son Sq or Far­ragut West

POINTS OF IN­TER­EST 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. Largest col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal art in the world. Newly com­pleted Trin­ity Dome Mo­saic, with parts blessed by Pope Fran­cis. Daily 7 am- 6 pm. Tours: free au­dio or guided M-Sa 9-11 am and 1-3 pm, Su 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Cafe­te­ria, gift store, book shop, un­der­croft of more than 70 chapels and or­a­to­ries. 400 Michi­gan Ave. NE, 202.526.8300 Metro: Brook­land- CUA BEL­MONT- PAUL WOMEN’S EQUAL­ITY NA­TIONAL MON­U­MENT Now a fem­i­nist museum and li­brary, Capi­tol Hill’s old­est house (1798, with parts dat­ing to 1680), the home of suf­fra- gette Alice Paul, drafter of the Equal Rights Amend­ment. Per­ma­nent gal­leries on suf­frage ori­gins and the con­tem­po­rary cause. W-Su 9 am5 pm. Tours 9:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm. ADA ac­ces­si­ble. Gift shop. Free. En­trance on 2nd St. next to Hart Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing. 2nd St. NE & Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NE, 202.546.1210 Metro: Union Sta­tion FOLGER SHAKE­SPEARE LI­BRARY World’s largest col­lec­tion of Shake­spear­i­ana (in­clud­ing 82 First Fo­lios), a mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibit hall with film, an ac­tive the­ater (see En­ter­tain­ment), con­certs and an El­iz­a­bethanstyle gar­den. “Form & Func­tion: The Ge­nius of the Book,” the Folger’s col­lec­tion from a new per­spec­tive, through Sept. 23. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon5 pm. Free. Walk-in guided tours M-Sa 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm; Su noon, 3 pm. Read­ing room tours (by reser­va­tion) Su at noon. Li­brary for schol­ars only. Gift shop. 201 E. Capi­tol St. SE, 202.544.4600 Metro: Capi­tol South FORD’S THE­ATRE Ac­tive stage and site of Lin­coln’s April 14, 1865 as­sas­si­na­tion by John Wilkes Booth. Museum ar­ti­facts like Lin­coln’s cloth­ing and Booth’s mur­der weapon, a der­ringer pis­tol. Petersen House museum and high-tech Cen­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and Lead­er­ship. The­ater and museum open daily 9 am4:30 pm. Free ad­mis­sion but ticket re­quired (free, but $3 fee for ad­vance tick­ets). Show tick­ets same day at box of­fice 8:30 am-5 pm. Ad­vance tick­ets at www.tick­et­mas­ter.com or call 800.397.7328 ($1.50 fee). 511 10th St. NW, 202.347.4833 Metro: Metro Cen­ter FRAN­CIS­CAN MONASTERY Founded in 1899 by Fran­cis­can fri­ars, 42 acres of woods and land­scaped gar­dens sur­round­ing turnof-the cen­tury, Byzan­tinestyle church mod­eled af­ter Is­tan­bul’s Ha­gia Sophia. Guided tours show­ing repli­cas of the shrines of the Holy Land and Ro­man-style cat­a­combs: M-Sa 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm, Su 1-3 pm. Sea­sonal gar­den tours. Free. Vir­tual tour on­line. Gift shop. 1400 Quincy St. NE, 202.526.6800 IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SPY MUSEUM Ar­ti­facts like a WWII Ger­man Enigma cipher and an East Ger­man cam­era for see­ing through walls. Ex­hibits on spy rings of World War II, Cold War spy games, in­tel train­ing. “Op­er­a­tion Spy,” guests as­sum­ing the role of an agent in a one-hour mis­sion in­side the museum. “Spy in the

City,” guests us­ing a GPSen­abled tablet to un­cover es­pi­onage-re­lated se­crets out­side the museum. Hours vary. Check web­site for cur­rent sched­ule. $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 MADAME TUS­SAUDS Touch­able wax fig­ures and photo opps with The Bea­tles, Madonna, Babe Ruth, Stephen Col­bert, the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, Justin Bieber, Tay­lor Swift. Pres­i­dents Gallery with all U.S. pres­i­dents plus first ladies. Hours vary. Check web­site for up­dated sched­ule. $22, chil­dren (4-12) $17.50. 1025 F St. NW (cor­ner of 10th & F sts.), 866.823.9565 Metro: Metro Cen­ter NA­TIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­mot­ing science has ex­hi­bi­tions and Robert Berks’s larger-thanlife Ein­stein me­mo­rial statue in­side. M- F 8:30 am-5 pm. Free. Photo ID re­quired. 2101 Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW, 202.334.2000 NA­TIONAL BUILD­ING MUSEUM For­mer U.S. Pen­sion Build­ing (1887) show­cas­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion trades and de­sign. “Fun House,” an in­ter­ac­tive struc­ture oc­cu­py­ing the Great Hall and con­tain­ing some of ar­chi­tec­ture firm Snarki­tec­ture’s great­est in­tal­la­tions, like “The Beach,” a pool filled with plas­tic white balls, through Sept. 3. “PLAY WORK BUILD,” a hands-on block play area with dig­i­tal in­ter­ac­tion al­low­ing vis­i­tors to move an en­tire wall of vir­tual blocks, on­go­ing. M-Sa 10 am5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. $10, se­niors/stu­dents/youth $7. Build­ing tours daily at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm. Cafe and gift shop. 401 F St. NW, 202.272.2448 Metro: Ju­di­ciary Square NA­TIONAL GEO­GRAPHIC MUSEUM At the So­ci­ety’s HQ, gal­leries plus Ex­plor­ers Hall for ex­hibits, lec­tures. “Ti­tanic: The Un­told Story,” the re­cently de­clas­si­fied tale about a se­cret Cold War mis­sion and the 1985 dis­cov­ery of the fa­mous ship; “Tomb of Christ,” im­mer­sive 3- D ex­hibit “trans­port­ing” vis­i­tors to Jerusalem for an in- depth look at this sa­cred struc­ture, both on­go­ing. Daily 10 am- 6 pm. $15, se­niors/mil­i­tary/stu­dents $12, kids (5-12) $10, un­der 5 free. 3- D movie $7. Gift shop. 1145 17th St. NW, 202.857.7700 Metro: Far­ragut North or Far­ragut West NA­TIONAL IN­VEN­TORS HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM In the U. S. Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice, museum cap­tur­ing Amer­ica’s imag­i­na­tive spirit through ex­hibits on patent and trade­mark sys­tems. In­ter­ac­tive gallery dis­play­ing 500-plus in­ven­tors and their sto­ries, plus a 1965 Ford Mus­tang merged with a 2015 model show­ing how in­ven­tions drive tech­nol­ogy. Group tours upon re­quest. Gift shop. M- F 10 am-5 pm, Sa 11 am-3 pm. Free. 600 Du­lany St., Alexan­dria, Va., 571.272.0095 NEWSEUM Venue laud­ing the First Amend­ment. Sec­tions of the Ber­lin Wall and his­toric front pages from the Civil War, plus 15 the­aters and gal­leries and 130 in­ter­ac­tive sta­tions. Pulitzer-Prize photo win­ners, 9/11 me­mo­rial gallery, daily dis­plays of front pages from ev­ery U.S. state. New me­dia gallery trac­ing the dig­i­tal news rev­o­lu­tion. “Pic­tures of the Year,” decades of award­win­ning pho­tos, on­go­ing. M-Sa 9 am-5pm, Su 10 am5 pm. $24.95, se­niors $19.95, chil­dren (7-18) $14.95, ages 6 and un­der/museum mem­bers free. Dis­counts for mil­i­tary/stu­dents with ID. 555 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 888.639.7386 Metro: Ar­chives-Navy Me­mo­rial ROCK CREEK PARK One of the coun­try’s ear­li­est, ur­ban na­tional parks, a 2,000acre wooded oa­sis fol­low­ing its name­sake wa­ter­way through the heart of the city. Shady paved trails draw­ing bik­ers, jog­ger, skaters. Also ten­nis courts, golf course, sta­bles and plan­e­tar­ium/na­ture cen­ter ( W-Su, 9 am-5 pm) with ranger-led tours. Free (fees for some ac­tiv­i­ties). Na­ture Cen­ter and Plan­e­tar­ium, 5200 Glover Road NW, 202.895.6070 U. S. NA­TIONAL AR­BORE­TUM A 446-acre site with spe­cialty gar­dens, the for­mer U.S. Capi­tol col­umns, Ar­bor House Gift Shop and the Na­tional Bon­sai & Pen­jing Museum (F-M 10 am- 4 pm). Vis­i­tor Cen­ter F-M 8 am- 4:30 pm. Grounds F-M 8 am-5 pm. Free. Visit by car rec­om­mended. 3501 New York Ave. NE, 202.245.2726 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. 202.295.5007 SMITH­SO­NIAN IN­STI­TU­TION AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY AND CUL­TURE MUSEUM LEED ed­i­fice wrapped in metal pan­els evok­ing a Yoruban crown and iron­work crafted by “in­vis­i­ble” slaves. Har­riet Tub­man’s hym­nal, Em­mett Till’s cas­ket, Chuck Berry’s Cadil­lac. Oprah Win­frey The­ater, Con­tem­pla­tive Court with wa­ter­fall. Cafe. Timed- en­try passes re­quired, re­leased on­line the first Wed­nes­day of the month, three months in ad­vance. Some same- day passes avail­able daily at 1 pm (Madi­son Drive en­trance). Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. 1400 Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW, 844.750.3012 AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM World’s largest col­lec­tion of air­craft and space ve­hi­cles (Lind­bergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, Bell X-1). Apollo Lunar Mod­ule and En­ter­prise stu­dio model from “Star Trek” TV se­ries. Lock­heed Martin IMAX The­ater and Al­bert Ein­stein Plan­e­tar­ium daily from 10:30 am. Pulse­works VR Trans­porter ($), vir­tual re­al­ity ride. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Tours 10:30 am and 1 pm. Free. 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 Na­tional Air and Space Museum’s hangar-like fa­cil­ity dis­play­ing 160-plus air­craft. The Enola Gay (first to drop an atomic bomb) and space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery. IMAX the­ater, flight sim­u­la­tions (fee). Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. IMAX tick­ets: $9, se­niors $8, chil­dren (2-12) $7.50. The­ater info: 866.868.7774. Park­ing ($15) or Fair­fax Con­nec­tor No. 983 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, Ju­lia Child’s kitchen. The Star-Span­gled Banner gallery hold­ing the re­stored flag.

On­go­ing: “The First Ladies,” gowns and mem­o­ra­bilia from pres­i­den­cies past. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. Gift shops, ice cream par­lor, cafe­te­ria. 14th St. & Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smith­so­nian AMER­I­CAN IN­DIAN MUSEUM Curvi­lin­ear build­ing of golden-hued lime­stone fac­ing the ris­ing sun in keep­ing with Na­tive Amer­i­can tra­di­tions. Tribal ex­hi­bi­tions. In­ter­ac­tive imag­i­NA­TIONS Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter with hands- on projects like weav­ing a gi­ant bas­ket. “Trail of Tears: A Story

of Cherokee Re­moval,” an un­flinch­ing look at the re­al­ity of this dis­turb­ing chap­ter in Amer­i­can his­tory, from the Cherokee per­spec­tive; “Amer­i­cans,” ex­plor­ing how Amer­i­can In­di­ans are wo­ven into the na­tion’s iden­tity from pop­u­lar cul­ture to street names and be­yond, both

on­go­ing. Daily 10 am5:30 pm. Free. Groups re­serve timed en­try. Gift shops, two the­aters, Mit­si­tam Cafe. 4th St. & In­de­pen­dence Ave. SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: L’En­fant Plaza ANA­COS­TIA COM­MU­NITY MUSEUM De­voted to ac­tivism, ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties and AfricanAmer­i­can her­itage. “Your Com­mu­nity, Your Story: Cel­e­brat­ing Five Decades of the Ana­cos­tia Com­mu­nity Museum, 1967-2017,” sig­na­ture projects from past dis­plays; “A Right to the City,” ex­plor­ing the his­tory of D.C.’s chang­ing neigh­bor­hoods,

both on­go­ing. Daily 10 am5 pm. 1901 Fort Place SE, 202.633.4820 THE CAS­TLE The first Smith­so­nian build­ing with info cen­ter, cafe, James Smith­son’s crypt and sam­ples from the col­lec­tion and ex­hibits. Daily 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Haupt Gar­den (south side) daily 6:30 am- dusk. Free. 1000 Jef­fer­son Drive SW, 202.633.1000 Metro: Smith­so­nian NA­TIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM For­mer main post of­fice, now museum of ar­ti­facts mul­ti­me­dia sta­tions and ex­hibits. Daily 10 am-5:30 pm. Free. Spe­cial work­shops, wel­come cen­ter, gift shop and 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 in­clud­ing gi­ant pan­das Tian Tian and Mei Xiang and their cub Bei Bei. Asia Trail with gi­ant sloths. Amer­i­can Trail with sea ot­ters. So­lar-pow­ered carousel ($3). Check web­site for sea­sonal hours. 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 track­ing the nat­u­ral world since pre­his­toric time. In the Ro­tunda, taxi­der­mic African ele­phant in a replica An­golan habi­tat. Hall of Ge­ol­ogy, Gems and Min­er­als (Hope Di­a­mond). But­ter­fly Pavil­ion ($6, $5.50 se­niors, $5 chil­dren; free, tick­ets re­quired). “Out­break: Epi­demics in a Con­nected World,” a 4,250-sq.-ft. ex­hibit ex­plor­ing the causes and strug­gles to con­tain the spread of deadly dis­eases around the world,

on­go­ing. Daily 10 am.5:30 pm. Free. 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 U. S. CAPI­TOL VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER En­try to the U.S. Capi­tol with ex­hibits, ar­ti­facts, in­ter­ac­tive kiosks. M-Sa 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. Guided one-hour Capi­tol tours (M-Sa 8:50 am-3:20 pm) be­gin with a 13-minute film. Free. Ad­mis­sion to the House or Se­nate gal­leries is­sued by a con­stituent’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive or se­na­tor. Lim­ited num­ber of same-day passes at the CVC in­for­ma­tion desks. Be­low the East Plaza of the Capi­tol be­tween Con­sti­tu­tion & In­de­pen­dence aves., 202.226.8000 Metro: Capi­tol South WHITE HOUSE VIS­I­TOR CEN­TER In­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, pho­tos and videos about the famed res­i­dence and its oc­cu­pants. Free. Gift shop. Daily 7:30 am4 pm. 1450 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave. NW, 202.208.1631 Metro: Far­ragut West

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