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Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20560 | 202-633-2214 | Web site »

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National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-2214
 
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Exhibit | Through 11/1

Art of the Airport Tower

A photographic exhibit by Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo that explores the visual language of contemporary and historical airport control towers. National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Smithsonian - Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater

601 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629

On this giant screen, the images are monstrous and the sound is earth-shaking.

 
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Museum

Albert Einstein Planetarium

Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-4629
 
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Miscellaneous Location

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC
 
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Museum

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution

Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

L'Enfant Plaza Station (Metro/VRE)

600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
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Roti Mediterranean Grill

(7 locations)
 
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Restaurant | $$

Mitsitam Cafe

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

Between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC | 202-485-9880
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Mary Livingston Ripley Garden

Jefferson Drive and Seventh Street SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-2220
 
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Museum

National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution

Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | Through 12/12/18

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

An exhibition exploring the relationship between Native American nations and the United States. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 2/2/20

The Sublime World of Noel Coward

Steve Ross performs an evening of music and words about Sir Noel Coward. At the Rasmuson Theater. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-3030

 
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Exhibit | Through 6/1/18

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

To celebrate the construction of the Inka Road, which linked Cuzco to the farthest reaches of the empire, the exhibition digs into its early foundations and the technologies that made building the road possible. National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian Institution Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Museum

Arts and Industries Building - Smithsonian Institution

900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Store

Washington Design Center

300 D St. SW, Washington, DC | 202-554-5053
 
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National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution

950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Museum

National Gallery of Art

(8 locations)
Editors' Picks: Top local attractions
 
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Exhibit | Through 3/11/17

Civic Pride: Group Portraits From Amsterdam

Rare depictions by Govert Flinck and Bartholomeus van der Helst of meetings inside the Kloveniersdoelen, the gathering place of one of Amsterdam's three militia companies in the mid-17th century. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Exhibit | Through 3/11/17

Civic Pride: Dutch Group Portraits From Amsterdam

Rare depictions of meetings inside the Kloveniersdoelen, the gathering place of one of Amsterdam's three militia companies, by Govert Flinck and Bartholomeus van der Helst. National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC | 202-737-4215

 
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Restaurant | $$

Garden Cafe -- National Gallery of Art

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-289-3360
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Casa Italiana

595 1/2 Third St. NW, Washington, DC | 202-638-1348
 
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The Carousel on the National Mall

900 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Federal Center SW Metro Station

401 3rd Street, SW, Washington, DC | 202-637-7000
 
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Restaurant | $

Pavilion Cafe -- National Gallery of Art

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-289-3360
 
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Miscellaneous Location

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink

700 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-216-9397
 
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Enid A. Haupt Garden

12th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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U.S. Department of Energy

1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-586-4848
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Pennsylvania Avenue Between Third and Seventh Streets

Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Seventh streets, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Museum

Smithsonian Castle - Smithsonian Institution

1000 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Constitution Avenue Between Third and Seventh Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Constitution Avenue Between Seventh and 17th Streets NW

Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th streets NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street NW

Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street NW, Washington, DC | 202-619-7222
 
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John Marshall Park

Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street NW, Washington, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Canadian Embassy

501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-682-7797
 
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Museum

Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 888-639-7386
Editors' Picks: Best bathrooms
 
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Museum

Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion

1050 Independence Ave S.W., Distric of Columbia, DC
 
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Miscellaneous Event | 10/1

Broken Pots, Broken Dreams: Working in Jingdezhens Porcelain Industry

Anthropologist Maris Gillette's documentary about Chinese ceramists. Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Pavilion 1050 Independence Ave S.W., Distric of Columbia, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Restaurant, Bar/Club | $$$

The Source

575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-637-6100
 
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Food Event | 10/2 - 12/9/18

Dim Sum Brunch

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

 
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Museum

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000
 
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Exhibit | Through 1/2/17

Peacock Room Remix: Darren Waterston's Filthy Lucre

Waterston reimagined James McNeill Whistler's Peacock Room in this exhibition, which explores the tensions between art and money, ego and patronage, and the Peacock Room's beauty and past. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery - Smithsonian Institution 1050 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-1000

 
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Movie Theater

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William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives

700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 866-272-6272

The theater is the home screen for the film collection of the National Archives, the world's largest holding of non-commercial film and sound recordings.

 
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Book Event | 10/7

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker

Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, whose 1971 betrothal was the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States, will discuss their book "The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Book Event | 10/11

Stephen Puleo

Stephen Puleo, a Massachusetts historian, will discuss his book "American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address". At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Miscellaneous Event | 10/4

Equal Means Equal

At the William G. McGowan Theater. William G. McGowan Theater - National Archives 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC | 202-357-5000

 
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Museum

National Garden

100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC | 202-225-8333
 
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Theater

Discovery Theater

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-633-8700
 
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Miscellaneous Location

Smithsonian Associates

1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC | 202-357-3030
 
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