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A Guide to the Passport DC Embassy Open House

A martial arts demonstration at the Korean Embassy, whose open house will also feature traditional mask-making.
A martial arts demonstration at the Korean Embassy, whose open house will also feature traditional mask-making. (Embassy Of Korea)

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Friday, May 1, 2009

One of the wonderful things about Washington is that it is full of embassies. On Saturday, more than 25 of them will open their doors to the public for a day of festivities as part of Passport DC Open House. You can visit embassies by neighborhood or just choose your favorite; either way, this is your chance to get into another country and have a look around for free. All open houses are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call 202-661-7581 or visit http://www.culturaltourismdc.org.

For highlights of Passport DC and the European Union Open House

(May 9), check out today's Style on the Go.

EMBASSY OF AUSTRALIA 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Listen to the sounds of the didgeridoo and learn about travel and work opportunities. 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-797-3000 or http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au.

EMBASSY OF THE BAHAMAS Learn what makes the commonwealth a leading tourist destination. 2220 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-319-2660.

EMBASSY OF BAHRAIN Sample Bahraini food and learn about the kingdom's history and culture. 3502 International Dr. NW. 202-342-1111 or http://www.bahrainembassy.org.

EMBASSY OF BANGLADESH Learn about the South Asian country through its dance, film, music, literature and cuisine. 3510 International Dr. NW. 202-244-0183 or http://www.bangladoot.org.

EMBASSY OF BENIN Learn how to prepare local dishes, and discover the country through film, traditional music and folk dancing. 2124 Kalorama Rd. NW. 202-232-6656 or http://www.beninembassy.us.

EMBASSY OF BOTSWANA Check out an exhibit on baskets, arts and jewelry made by the people of Botswana. There will also be traditional African music. 1531-1533 New Hampshire Ave. NW. http://www.botswanaembassy.org.

EMBASSY OF COLOMBIA 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour the Colombian ambassador's home and see collections of Colombian art and flowers. 1520 20th St. NW. 202-387-8338 or http://www.colombiaemb.org.

EMBASSIES OF COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS Taste regional coffee, learn about visiting the countries, listen to music and watch dances. There will also be activities for children. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016.

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