There is a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation on view at President Lincoln’s Cottage through April. (National Archives)

To learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation, visit these two area museums.

President Lincoln’s Cottage

The cottage’s visitor center, at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street in Northwest Washington, has a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln on view through
April 30. The center — use “140 Rock Creek Church Road NW” to find it with an online mapping tool — is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Tickets are required for cottage tours. Adults $15, ages 6 to 12 $5. 202-829-0436 or

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

The “Changing America” exhibition, which relates the Emancipation Proclamation to the 1963 March on Washington, is on view until September 15. 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free. 202-633-1000.

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