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"Grain Elevator," 1968, Sykeston, N.D., by David Plowden.

Visitors Guide

David Plowden

The National Gallery's Week of Wonders: Highlights from Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik's week-long visit to the National Gallery of Art reveal new pleasures and revisit old favorites. December 27, 2004

World War II Memorial: Framed between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, the National World War II Memorial is securely anchored within the Mall's national narrative. The memorial honors those who were killed in the long conflict, the men and women who served in the military and the millions of citizens who supported the war effort. The official dedication of the memorial will take place Memorial Day, May 31, 2004. April 23, 2004

Folger Shakespeare Library: Home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works and rare Renaissance books and manuscripts from the Bard's era, the Folger Shakespeare Library is renowned for its Reading Room and research opportunities. The Folger is also recognized for its Elizabethan Theatre -- the site of Shakespearean productions -- and its Great Hall, dedicated to rotating exhibitions of the library's treasures. October 27, 2003

International Spy Museum: Opened in June 2002, the International Spy Museum focuses on the world of international espionage, from the history of spying to the collapse of the Cold War. Objects on view include historic gadgets and film footage alongside pop culture artifacts inspired by the world of spies. August 05, 2003

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: The nation's museum of modern and contemporary art began with a bequest to the Smithsonian from collector Joseph Hirshhorn. It has since grown to include nearly 12,000 works of art. The Hirshhorn Museum's comprehensive permanent collection and provocative special exhibitions are housed within architect Gordon Bunshaft's landmark ring-shaped building and its adjacent sunken sculpture garden. May 08, 2003

George Washington's Mount Vernon: Home of founding father and first president George Washington, Mount Vernon stands -- after the White House -- as the best preserved presidential home . In the 1850s the estate was in extreme disrepair, but was rescued by a group of 23 women organized as the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Today their perseverance is evident throughout the estate: Highlights of the tour include the mansion, work buildings, a 16-sided barn, extensive gardens and Washington's tomb. March 21, 2003

The National Museum of American History: Known as "the nation's attic," the National Museum of American History holds more than 3 million objects in its collection. Three floors of exhibition space chronicle American history, science, industry and culture. Popular treasures include the Star-Spangled Banner, first ladies' gowns, Dorothy's ruby red slippers and a stunning array of presidential artifacts. March 14, 2003

The Kreeger Museum: A private home turned public institution, the Kreeger Museum features works by masters of the late 19th and 20th centuries in a mansion designed by Phillip Johnson and Richard Foster. In a mere 15 years, collectors David and Carmen Kreeger amassed paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso along with sculptures by Henry Moore and Aristide Maillol. Today these works and others are displayed just as the Kreegers lived with them. February 07, 2003