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National Air and Space Museum: As the most popular museum in the world, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum hosts more than 9 million visitors each year. Since 1976, the museum has chronicled the history of aviation, from the Wright Brothers first flight to Apollo moon landings and the Hubble Space Telescope. The museum is divided in three main areas: Milestones of Flight, Air Transportation and the Space Race. Hands-on temporary exhibitions, a planetarium and an IMAX theater further explore the dramatic story of flight. December 16, 2002

Holidays at the White House 2002: The White House celebrates the holiday season with "All Creatures Great and Small." While the White House remains closed to the public, with the exception of school groups, first lady Laura Bush shared the 2002 holiday display with the media on Dec. 5. Throughout the house, Christmas trees hold hundreds of bird ornaments, re-creations of indigenous birds donated by every state and U.S. territory and the District. In keeping with the theme, presidential pets over history are the stars of the display. Papier mache models honor them, from current resident dogs, Spot and Barney, to cows, sheep, racoons and even an alligator that belonged to John Quincy Adams. November 27, 2002

The National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: With the construction of its new Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Air and Space Museum gets a chance to display some of the prize possessions that couldn't fit in its National Mall location. The 760,000-square-foot facility near Dulles Airport will display more than 200 aircraft and 135 spacecraft, including the Space Shuttle "Enterprise," an SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft and the B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay." The museum is scheduled to open to the public in December 2003, but the Smithsonian allowed washingtonpost.com a sneak peek inside. Cessna 180 "Spirit of Columbus." November 20, 2002

The Phillips Collection: America's first museum of modern art was founded in 1921, when Duncan Phillips opened the doors to his family's Dupont Circle home and his collection of late-19th- and early-20th-century art. Renowned for French impressionist paintings such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," the museum also features significant works by American artists Mark Rothko, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence and Arthur Dove. doors to his family's Dupont Circle home and his collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century art. Renowned for French impressionist works such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party," the museum also features significant holdings of works by America artists Mark Rothko, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence and Arthur Dove. November 01, 2002

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Since its opening in 1993, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has remained one of Washington's most popular museums. Within its transcendent space, the museum chronicles the terror and devastation of the Holocaust, along with stories of hope and survival. The permanent exhibition documents the rise of totalitarianism in Germany, the horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps, the testimony of survivors. September 06, 2002

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art: Together, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art serve as the national museum of Asian art for the Smithsonian Institution. Founded upon the generosity of two masterful collectors -- Arthur Sackler and Charles Lang Freer -- their vast holdings feature works of art from ancient civilizations through the 21st century. Exhibitions highlight works from their extensive permanent collections and, in the case of the Sackler Gallery, travelling exhibitions by historic and contemporary artists. Additionally, the Freer claims the largest collection of works by American-born artist James McNeill Whistler. August 01, 2002

The National Museum of Natural History: As the world's second most popular museum, the National Museum of Natural History draws visitors with treasures like the Hope Diamond, O. Orkin Insect Zoo and dinosaur hall. Yet there is more to the museum than meets the eye: A permanent collection of 123 million specimens continually fuels extensive scientific research and inspires new public exhibitions. June 19, 2002

Arlington National Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery is the burial site of presidents, military figures and other illustrious Americans. May 23, 2002

The Corcoran Gallery of Art: Washington's oldest art museum is also one of its most ambitious. The Corcoran Gallery of Art features a collection and exhibition schedule that range from neoclassicism to surrealism and the latest contemporary works. April 25, 2002

Washington's Religious Landmarks: Tour Washington's religious landmarks -- from the largest Catholic church in the Americas, to one of the great construction projects of the 20th century, to the region's first Islamic house of worship. March 13, 2002

The National Museum of Women in the Arts: One of Washington's most appealing off-the-Mall attractions, the National Museum of Women in the Arts features a permanent collection of art from the 16th through 21st centuries. Special exhibitions at the museum highlight women artists from across the globe. March 08, 2002

Collection Highlights - National Museum of African Art, SmithsonianInstitution: Artistic expressions of Africa's diverse cultural and religious traditions are found in more than 7,000 objects in the collection of the National Museum of African Art of the Smithsonian Institution. Located on the National Mall, the museum's permanent collection includes artifacts from across the continent used for ceremonial purposes and more practical objects used in every day life. Exhibitions also highlight the works of contemporary African artists. February 21, 2002

Presidential Monuments: Tour Washington, D.C., monuments honoring our nation's past presidents. February 04, 2002

U.S. Botanic Garden: Reopened after a four-year, $33.5 million restoration, the U.S. Botanic Garden provides an other-worldly retreat at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. December 10, 2001

U.S. Botanic Garden: Reopened after a four-year, $33.5 million restoration, the U.S. Botanic Garden provides an other-worldly retreat at the foot of the U.S. Capitol. December 10, 2001

Hillwood Museum Virtual Tour: Take a panoramic tour of Hillwood Museum in upper Northwest Washington. September 15, 2000

Bonsai: Watch three videos and spin through 12 panoramas of the Bonsai Museum in the U.S. National Arboretum in Northeast Washington. July 19, 2000