Washington, D.C. Journals

Non-Smithsonian Museums Around DC

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A January 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by kwasiak

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Quote: The city of Washington, DC, has much more to offer than just what can be seen in the Smithsonian.

Non-Smithsonian Museums Around DC

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While studying at American University in DC I spent most of my free time exploring what DC had to offer. In this journal I will review the museums I visited that are not Smithsonian affliated. One of my favorite non-Smithsonian museum is the National Archives. It is quite the experience to see the original Declaration of Independence, as well as one of the few surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.Quick Tips: The Smithsonian Museums can get very crowded, but some of the non-Smithsonian Museums are also great museums without the crowds. The National Archives sometimes requires a wait in line to get into the building and through security. It is most crowded in the summer and other holida...Read More

National Building Museum

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Attraction | "The National Building Museum"

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The National Building Museum is located near DC’s Chinatown. The nearest metro stop is Judiciary Square, which has an exit that comes out right across the street from the Museum. The station is located on the Red Metro Line. You can also easily walk to the Museum from the Gallery Place-Chinatown, which is served by Red, Yellow, and Green Metro Lines. The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. It is closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The admission to the Museum is free, although a $5 donation is suggested.Photography is not allowed in any of the Museum’s exhibits, however, you may still want to bring you came...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2006

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 272-2448

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

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Attraction | "National Archives: More than just the Charters"

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The National Archives is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. The nearest metro stop is Archive-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter, which has an exit that comes out right across the street from the Archives. The station is located on the Yellow and Green Metro Lines. The Archives is open from 10am to 5:30pm daily from Labor Day to March 31 and 10am to 7pm from April 1 until Memorial Day weekend and 10am to 9pm from Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day. It is closed on Christmas. The admission is free.Most people come to the National Archives to see the Charters of Freedom and I will admit that I did not visit the Archives for a while because I thought that the Charters of Fr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2006

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw
Washington, DC 20408
(202) 357-5350

National Geographic Society Museum

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The National Geographic Society Museum at Explorers Hall is located on M Street and 17th Street. The nearest metro stop is Farragut North. The station is located on the Red Metro Line. The Farragut West and McPherson Square Metro Stops, which are on the Blue and Orange Metro Lines, are also pretty close to the museum. The Museum is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. It is closed on Christmas. The admission is free.My visit to the National Geographic Society was somewhat of a disappointment, as I had heard great things about the permanent exhibit and the permanent exhibit was not open during my visit. The only things open were the two temporary exhibits....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

National Geographic Society Museum
1145 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C., United States 20036
(202) 857-7588

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden"

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden is located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets. The nearest Metro stop is Archive-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter. The station is located on the yellow and green Metro lines. The Federal Triangle and Smithsonian metro stops, which are on the blue and orange lines, are also nearby. The Sculpture Garden is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. From mid-November to mid-March, depending on the weather, the ice rink is open 10am to 11pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 9pm on Sunday. The admission is free for the sculpture garden. There are fees for skating, renting skates, and locker rentals. For 2005, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20565
(202) 737-4215