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Museum

National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
102.  

Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12

The First Ladies

With more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian's almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, this exhibition is a must-see, with dresses worn by Frances Cleveland, Jacqueline Kennedy and Laura Bush, as well as an examination of the role of presidential wives. If you've seen it, here's a reason to return: Michelle Obama's stunning one-shouldered Jason Wu gown from the 2009 inaugural is one of the most recent additions. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
103.

Miscellaneous Event | 1/14/16

To the Mountaintop: The Words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of the civil rights leader, actor Xavier Carnegie performs a program of selections from King's speeches. The all-ages program incorporates live performance, sound clips, photographs and video footage. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/14

The Early Sixties: American Science

A display featuring objects circa 1964 explores innovation in American science, medicine and computing. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | Through 12/12

Ongoing Exhibits

Exhibitions featuring art and artifacts representing American life and history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
106.

Exhibit | Through 9/7

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963

A collection of photos and artifacts commemorating two major events in American history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
107.

Exhibit | Through 1/19/15

Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown loan

First lady Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown temporarily replaces her first in the First Ladies Room. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
108.

Exhibit, Book Event | Through 12/12

Renee Fleming's Super Bowl gown

The opera singer's gown from the 2014 Super Bowl will be on view. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
109.

Exhibit | Through 12/12

John Coltrane's tenor saxophone

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the recording of "A Love Supreme," the jazz legend's saxophone is on view. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC

 
110.

Exhibit | Through 12/12

Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950 to 2000

From food production to who does the cooking to where meals are consumed to what we know about what's good for us, this exhibit explores how new technologies and social and cultural shifts have influenced major changes in food, wine and eating in America. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12

American Stories

A cross-section of the museum's collection of artifacts shows how stories and history have shaped our national identity. For a limited time, visitors can view John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" manuscript and the Miss Piggy puppet on display in the exhibit through June 17. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
112.

Exhibit | 7/28 - 12/8

Artifact Walls -- The National Woman Suffrage Parade, 1913

Illustrates a seminal day in the woman's suffrage movement, when 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue for a "national procession" during President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
113.

Exhibit | Through 9/7

Continuity and Change: Fifty Years of Museum History

Modern digital photographic prints reveal the museum's transformation from its focus on history and technology to a focus on American history. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
114.

Exhibit | Through 9/7

The Quest for a Modern Museum: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Museum of American History

For the 50th anniversary of the museum, an exhibition documenting its past, present and future, with a focus on the museum circa 1964. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
115.

Exhibit | Through 12/14

The Early Sixties: American Culture

A display celebrating American culture in the 1960s. National Museum of American History - Smithsonian Institution 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

USDA Forest Service Visitors Center

201 14th St. SW, Washington, DC | 800-832-1355
 
117.

Restaurant | $$

Garden Cafe -- National Gallery of Art

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-289-3360
 
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Restaurant | $$

Sou'Wester

1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-787-6868
 
119.  

Museum

National Archives and Records Administration

Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000
 
120.

Miscellaneous Event | Through 7/25

Geneaology Camp

For ages 12 and older, a camp that introduces the basics of genealogy research. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
121.

Exhibit | Through 8/7

Document Display: Tonkin Gulf Resolution of 1964

A display commemorating the 50th anniversary of Congress's giving President Lyndon Johnson the authority to increase the United States' involvement in the war between North and South Vietnam. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Exhibit | 8/8 - 8/11

Document Display: President Richard Nixon's Resignation Letter

Nixon's letter to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President Gerald Ford's full and unconditional pardon of Nixon are on display. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Exhibit | 8/12 - 9/10

Document Display: House Passage of the Bill of Rights

A display in celebration of the 225th anniversary. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Exhibit | Through 1/5/15

Making Their Mark

A display of signatures by such figures as Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama, Johnny Cash and others. The exhibit also features an invention patented by Michael Jackson. National Archives and Records Administration Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

1301 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-369-5695
 
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Restaurant | $$

Mitsitam Cafe

4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Restaurant |

Paul

801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC | 202-524-4500
 
128.

Museum

U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-2300, 800-821-8892
 
129.

Exhibit | Through 3/31/15

Year of the Coast Guard

A year-long exhibit featuring historical photographs, uniforms, recruiting posters from military collections and other rare artifacts. See all Year of the Coast Guard locations U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center (2 locations)

 
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Performing Arts | 7/24 - 11/30

Swing Time -- the Musical!

Set during World War II, it follows a band's radio broadcast fundraiser. At the Burke Theater. U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
131.

Miscellaneous Location

Old Post Office Pavilion

1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-606-8691
 
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Restaurant | $

Empress Lounge

1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-787-6042
Editors' Picks: Best afternoon tea
 
133.  

Restaurant | $$$$

CityZen

1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-554-8588
 
134.

Miscellaneous Location

Federal Triangle Metro Station

302 12th St., NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
135.

Miscellaneous Location

Constitution Avenue Between Third and Seventh Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
136.  

Restaurant | $$$$

Fiola

601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW , Washington, DC | 202-628-2888
 
137.

Museum

FBI Building

935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-324-3000
 
138.

Museum

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

14th and C streets SW, Washington, DC | 202-874-2330
 
139.

Miscellaneous Event | 7/22

U.S. Navy Band

Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

 
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Miscellaneous Location

Naval Heritage Center

701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC
 
141.

Miscellaneous Event | 8/26

Concert Band

Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

 
142.

Miscellaneous Event | 8/12 - 8/19

US Navy Band

See all US Navy Band locations Naval Heritage Center (2 locations)

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 8/4

Navy Band Alumni Concert

Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

 
144.

Miscellaneous Event | 8/5

Coast Guard Concert

Naval Heritage Center 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC

 
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Restaurant | $$$$

The Capital Grille

(3 locations)
 
146.

Miscellaneous Location

Archives-Navy Memorial Metro Station

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
147.  

Restaurant, Bar/Club | $$$

The Source

575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-6100
 
148.  

Food Event | 7/27 - 12/9/18

Dim Sum Brunch

Excellent Dim Sum, Saturdays only. The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
149.

Food Event | 8/4

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour

Five-course meal with dishes from local and regional chefs. The Source 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC

 
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Restaurant | $$$

701

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-393-0701
 
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