Historical Society of Washington

The Carnegie Library building, once home to the City Museum, hosts events and exhibits.
Mondays and Wednesdays
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
(Chinatown)
Gallery Place Metro (Red, Yellow, Green lines), Mount Vernon Square-Convention Center (Yellow, Green lines)
Free
202-249-3955
11/24 - 12/8

Ongoing exhibits:

Witness the history of Washington through photographs and artifacts.
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Editorial Review

After years of planning, organizers of a proposed National Music Center announced that they are moving to the former Carnegie Library and starting performances, classes and exhibitions this spring.

The center signed a three-year lease with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., to use most of the landmark building at Massachusetts and New York avenues NW for its programs. The Historical Society restored the building for $24 million and previously shared it with the City Museum, a short-lived attempt to tell Washington's story. The museum opened in 2003 but closed two years later, largely because of low attendance.

--Jacqueline Trescott (March 31, 2006)