Howard County The Guide

Museums and Historic Sites


Academy Art Museum
106 South St.
Easton, Md,, 21601
410-822-2787 Fax: 410-822-5997
Email: info@art-academy.org + academy@goeaston.net
Web site: www.art-academy.org

The museum houses a permanent collection of art centering on 19th- and 20th-century works on paper by James McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg and others; a second-floor gallery highlights regional artists. Concerts are performed in the museum's atrium. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

African Art Museum of Maryland
5430 Vantage Point Rd.
5430 Vantage Point Rd.
Columbia, Md., 21044
410-730-7106 Fax: 410-730-7105
Email: africanartmuseum@aol.com
Web site: www.africanartmuseum.org

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only. Admission: $3; children younger than 12, $1; seniors ages 55 plus, $2.

Arlington House
Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Va., 22211
703-235-1530
Web site: www.nps.gov/arho

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The Robert E. Lee Museum at Arlington House is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Arlington House grounds are open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. from April 1 to Sept. 30 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. from Oct. 1 to March 31. Arlington House grounds and museum are closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Contact address: Arlington House, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park, McLean 22101.

Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Drive
Southern end of Memorial Bridge
Arlington, Va., 22211
703-607-8000
Web site: www.arlingtoncemetery.org

Major attractions include the Tomb of the Unknowns, where a formal changing of the guard ceremony is held every half-hour in the summer and on the hour the rest of the year. The tomb contains the remains of unknown U.S. soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean War. Each of the soldiers was presented with the Medal of Honor at the time of interment, and the medals, as well as the flags that covered their caskets, are on display inside the Memorial Amphitheater, to the rear of the tomb. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the Army's Old Guard. The Women's Memorial, dedicated in 1997, pays tribute to all servicewomen in the U.S. armed forces. It is at the Ceremonial Entrance to the cemetery. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April 1-Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the rest of the year.

Art Museum of the Americas
201 18th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20006
202-458-6016 Fax: 202-458-6021
Email: gsvitil@oas.org
Web site: www.museum.oas.org

The museum spotlights the art and cultural traditions of the 34 member countries of the Organization of American States, with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art from Latin America and the Caribbean. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Free.

B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station
2711 Maryland Ave.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-461-1945
Email: ellicottcity@borail.com
Web site: www.ecborail.org

The museum is in America's oldest railroad station (circa 1830). Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission: $5; 60 and older and students, $4; ages 12 and younger, $3; ages 2 and younger, free.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C., 20017
202-526-8300
Web site: www.nationalshrine.com

The basilica is the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The shrine was proposed in the early 1900s, but construction of the main church was not completed until 1959. The church has several chapels. Hours: Open year-round.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C., 20017
202-526-8300
Web site: www.nationalshrine.com

The basilica is the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. The shrine was proposed in the early 1900s, but construction of the main church was not completed until 1959. The church has several chapels. Hours: Open year-round.

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park
And Museum

300 Oella Ave.
Baltimore, Md., 21228
410-887-1081
Email: bannekermuseum@co.ba.md.us

The museum is dedicated to the 18th-century life and works of the nationally renowned African American surveyor, scientist, writer and friend of the Ellicott family that founded Ellicott City. While currently undergoing renovations, the museum will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and closed Fridays and Saturdays through June 9; usual hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, will resume June 10.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing
14th and C streets SW
Washington, DC, 20228
Tour office: 202-874-2330 866-874-2330
Web site: www.moneyfactory.gov

The public may tour the printing facility, which produces millions of dollars' worth of paper money every day. Hours: 9:30-10:45 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free tickets are distributed at the ticket booth on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of eight tickets per person. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.

Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Rd.
PO Box 97
Solomons, Md., 20688
410-326-2042
Email: information@calvertmarinemuseum.com
Web site: www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

This public, nonprofit museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, research and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. Its mission is to interpret three maritime themes: regional Miocene paleontology, estuarine life on the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay and the maritime histories of these waters. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adults, $7; seniors, $6; ages 5-12, $2; 4 and younger, free; members, free.

Cannon Branch Fort
10509 Wakeman Dr.
Manassas, Va., 20110
703-368-1873
Web site: www.manassasmuseum.org

This is one of two remaining Civil War earthwork fortifications in Manassas. Historians believe they were built by Union troops in 1863 and 1864 as part of a series of forts meant to defend supply lines along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad line. Cannon Branch Fort is under renovation and is expected to reopen in July.

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd.
Thurmont, Md., 21788
301-271-4922 301-271-3180
Web site: www.cwpzoo.com

This private, family-owned and professionally operated zoo houses more than 400 animals, including lions, lemurs, bears, cobras, monkeys and macaws. The zoo offers special events, educational programs and volunteer opportunities. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily in April, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily in May, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily in September, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in October, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends, weather permitting, in November. Admission: $12.95 for ages 13 and older, $11.95 for members of the military and seniors 60 and older, $8.95 for children 2-12.

Center for the Arts
9419 Battle St.
Manassas, Va., 20110
703-330-ARTS (2787)
Email: info@center-for-the-arts.com
Web site: www.center-for-the-arts.com

The 1908 Hopkins Candy Factory was restored in 2001 and 2002 and is now the home of Manassas's Center for the Arts.

Columbia Archives
American City Building
10227 Wincopin Cir.
Columbia, Md., 21044
410-715-3103
Web site: www.columbiaassociation.com

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. The center collects, preserves and makes available documentation on Columbia's history for research, displays and presentations. The collection includes documents, maps, photos, oral histories, videotapes and newspapers.

Barbara Kellner, ManagerEmail: barbara.kellner@columbiaassociation.com
Commodore Joshua Barney House
7912 Savage Guilford Rd.
Savage, Md., 20763
301-362-1900 Fax: 301-362-6853
Email: info@JoshuaBarneyHouse.com
Web site: www.joshuabarneyhouse.com

The house, which dates to about 1760, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the former home of Joshua Barney (1759-1818), who served with distinction in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The Federal-style home, with more than six acres, backs up to the Little Patuxent River in the old mill town of Savage. Now a bed-and-breakfast, the house can be booked for retreats, business meetings, social events and teas.

Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20006
202-639-1700
Web site: www.corcoran.org

This is one of the District's oldest art museums. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. Open some Monday holidays. Admission: $8; seniors, $6; student ID, $4; parents with children 17 and younger, $12; 11 and younger, free. No admission fee after 5 p.m. Thursdays.

Ellicott City Colored School, Restored
8683 Frederick Rd.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-313-1427
Web site: www.ellicottcity.net

The first school for black students in Howard County was built with public funds in 1880. It now serves as a living-history museum and genealogical resource center.

Fauquier Veterans Memorial
Hospital Hill
Warrenton, Va., 20186

A U.S. flag on a 70-foot pole honors 158 Fauquier County residents who died in military service during the 20th century. The memorial, designed by sculptor Frederick Hart, features a bronze railing depicting marching soldiers.

Firehouse Museum
3829 Church Rd.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-313-1413
Web site: www.ellicottcity.net

Call for hours. Admission is free.

Folger Shakespeare Library
201 E. Capitol St. SE
Washington, D.C., 20003
202-544-4600 Fax: 202-544-4623
Email: webmaster@folger.edu
Web site: www.folger.edu

The library is dedicated to the life and works of William Shakespeare. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, except federal holidays. Exhibition and building tours begin at 11 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Garden tours begin at 10 and 11 a.m. every third Saturday, April-October. Free. Call 202-675-0395 for group tours.

Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
511 10th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20004
202-426-6924 Fax: 202-426-1845
Web site: www.nps.gov/foth

The site is dedicated to the life and times of, and the assassination of, Abraham Lincoln. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free.

Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Rd.
Fort Washington, Md., 20744
301-763-4600
Web site: www.nps.gov/fowa

This is one of the few seacoast forts in its original form. The 341-acre national park has hiking and biking trails and overlooks the Potomac River and Mount Vernon. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April-Oct. 18; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 19-April 2007. Park grounds are open 8:30 a.m.-dark. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. $3 per individual, $5 per vehicle.

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, Md., 20812
301-634-2222 Fax: 301-634-2260
Email: info@glenechopark.org
Web site: www.glenechopark.org+www.nps.gov/glec

The site features a historic carousel and ballroom. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays.

Gunston Hall Plantation
10709 Gunston Rd.
Mason Neck, Va, 22079
703-550-9220 Fax: 703-550-9480
Web site: www.gunstonhall.org

Gunston Hall was the plantation home of George Mason, a framer of the U.S. government. The home, built about 1755, is on 550 acres and is open for tours. Many special events are held here throughout the year. Hours: 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Heritage Orientation Center
8398 Main St.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-313-1413
Web site: www.ellicottcity.net

Howard County's first court records building. It houses exhibits on 18th- and 19th-century milling, the floods of Ellicott Mills and the Ellicott family. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden

Independence Avenue
at Seventh Street SW
Washington, DC, 20560
202-633-4674 202-357-2700
Web site: hirshhorn.si.edu

The museum has primarily focused its collection and exhibitions on the post-World War II period, with particular emphasis on art created during the last 30 years. Key artists of the 20th century, including Picasso, Giacometti, de Kooning and Warhol, are represented in the collection. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Plaza: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sculpture garden: 7:30 a.m.-dusk. Free.

Historic Oakland
5430 Vantage Point Rd.
Columbia, Md., 21044
410-730-4801 800-730-4802
Email: info@historic-oakland.com
Web site: www.historic-oakland.com

The house, built in 1811 by Charles Sterrett Ridgely, speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, was intended to be his summer residence. It was restored by the Columbia Association.

Historic St. Mary's City
18751 Hogaboom Lane,
off Rosecroft Rd.
St. Mary's City, Md.,
240-895-4990 800-762-1634
Email: hsmc@smcm.edu
Web site: www.stmaryscity.org

This outdoor living history museum and archaeological park documents the life of Maryland's first permanent colony and the state's first capital (1634-1695), Godiah Spray Plantation, Woodland Indian Hamlet, 1676 State House, historic town center and the Dove, a replica of one of the two vessels that brought the original colonists. Exhibits are open from mid-March through November, with special events on weekends through December.

Howard County Center
Of African American Culture

5434 Vantage Point Rd.
Columbia, Md., 21044
410-715-1921 Fax: 410-715-8755

Hours: noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: $3; children, $2. The center also maintains a research library and archives in the main library at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Room 220, Columbia. Library/archive hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Howard County Historical Society Museum and Library
8324-8328 Court Ave.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-750-0370
Email: Info@hchsmd.org
Web site: www.hchsmd.org

Museum hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, by appointment only, Wednesdays-Fridays. Library hours: noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, by appointment Fridays, noon-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20004
202-393-7798 TTY: 202-654-2840
Web site: www.spymuseum.org

This is a museum about espionage and its impact on current and historic events, focusing on the role spies have played throughout history. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily in the spring and summer. Admittance to permanent exhibits ends at 6 p.m. Admission: $15; ages 65 and older, active military, intelligence community, $14; ages 5-11, $12; ages 4 and younger, free.

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20004
202-393-7798 TTY: 202-654-2840
Web site: www.spymuseum.org

This is a museum about espionage and its impact on current and historic events, focusing on the role spies have played throughout history. Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily in the spring and summer. Admittance to permanent exhibits ends at 6 p.m. Admission: $15; ages 65 and older, active military, intelligence community, $14; ages 5-11, $12; ages 4 and younger, free.

Islamic Center
2551 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC, 20008
202-332-8343 Fax: 202-234-5035
Web site: www.theislamiccenter.com

Washington's first mosque opened in 1957. Women are asked to wear long sleeves, below-the-knee hemlines and long scarves over their hair. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Group tours by appointment: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Library and bookstore hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.

John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts

2700 F St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20566
202-467-4600
Web site: www.kennedy-center.org

The Kennedy Center presents more than 3,000 performances a year, including music, dance and theater. Free guided tours are given in English 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Printed guides are available in English, Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Tours depart from the parking plaza on Level A and feature the Hall of States and Hall of Nations, the center's theaters and dozens of paintings, sculptures and other artwork given to the center by other countries.

Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C., 20540
202-707-5000 Visitor information: 202-707-8000
Web site: www.loc.gov

This is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps and 58 million manuscripts. Public tours are offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Saturday public tours are offered at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. All Library of Congress buildings are closed to the public on Sundays and federal holidays.

Mormon Temple
9900 Stoneybrook Dr.
Kensington, Md., 20895
301-587-0144 301-588-0650
Web site: www.lds.org/placestovisit

The world's third-largest Mormon temple sits on 57 acres near the Capital Beltway. Visitor center hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, Va., 22121
703-780-2000
Web site: www.mountvernon.org

The estate of George Washington is open seven days a week year-round. April-August, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March, September and October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and November-February, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center
Explorer Road, off Soil Conservation Road.
Greenbelt, Md., 20771
301-286-9041 Fax: 301-286-1781
Email: alwillia@pop100.gsfc.nasa.gov
Web site: www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/home/index.html

The hub of all NASA tracking activities, Goddard is also responsible for the development of unmanned sounding rockets and research in space and Earth sciences, including NASA's Mission to Planet Earth. Collections include space flight artifacts and photographs. Visitor center hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New YearG«÷s Day. Free.

National Aquarium
Department of Commerce
14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.,
202-482-2825 Fax: 202-482-4946
Email: info@nationalaquarium.com
Web site: www.nationalaquarium.com

Animal keeper talks and animal feedings take place daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admittance ends at 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5; ages 2-10, $2; seniors and military personnel, $4; children younger than 2, free.

National Aquarium
Department of Commerce
14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues NW
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.,
202-482-2825 Fax: 202-482-4946
Email: info@nationalaquarium.com
Web site: www.nationalaquarium.com

Animal keeper talks and animal feedings take place daily. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admittance ends at 4:30 p.m. Admission: $5; ages 2-10, $2; seniors and military personnel, $4; children younger than 2, free.

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20408
866-272-6272 TDD: 202-501-5404
Web site: www.archives.gov

The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are among the historic documents displayed here. The visitors' entrance is on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets. Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20408
866-272-6272 TDD: 202-501-5404
Web site: www.archives.gov

The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are among the historic documents displayed here. The visitors' entrance is on Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets. Reservations are required for groups of 20 or more. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

National Building Museum
401 F St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20001
202-272-2448
Web site: www.nbm.org

The museum showcases architecture and building design. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free; a donation of $5 per person is suggested.

National Gallery of Art
600 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20565
202-737-4215 TDD: 202-842-6176
Web site: www.nga.gov

The gallery's east and west wings house more than 100,000 works of art dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Free.

National Geographic Museum
at Explorers Hall

1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20036
202-857-7588
Web site: www.nationalgeographic.com/explorer

Changing exhibitions and permanent displays reflect the world's diversity. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed on Christmas. Free.

National Museum of Women
in the Arts

1250 New York Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20005
202-783-5000 800-222-7270
Web site: www.nmwa.org

The museum describes itself as "the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists." Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New YearG«÷s Day. Adults, $8; ages 60 and older and students, $6; ages 18 and younger, free.

National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
202-633-4800 TTY: 202-673-7800
Email: nationalzoo@nzp.si.edu
Web site: natzoo.si.edu

The zoo is home to giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian and their first offspring, Tai Shan, plus about 2,400 other animals. Hours: grounds, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., and buildings, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily April 2-Oct. 28; grounds, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., and buildings, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily Oct. 30-April 1, 2006. Closed Christmas. Free.

Patapsco Female Institute and Historic Park
Mount Ida Visitor Center
3691 Sarah's Lane
3691 Sarah's Lane
Ellicott City, Md., 21041
410-465-8500 Fax: 410-465-8617
Email: fpfi@prodigy.net
Web site: www.patapscofemaleinstitute.org

The grounds of this 19th-century girls' school include elevated walkways that lead through an 8,000-square-foot building. The school closed in 1890 and has since served as a hotel, private residence, World War I convalescent home and nursing home. It is now a park that offers outdoor concerts, plays, private events and other activities. Hours: 1-4 p.m. Sundays, April-October. Admission: $4; students and seniors, $3; children 5 and younger, free. Admission includes a 10-minute introductory video at the historic Mount Ida Visitor Center, followed by a 45-minute guided tour.

Phillips Collection
1600 21st St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20009
202-387-2151 Fax: 202-387-2436
Web site: www.phillipscollection.org

This private museum was the nation's first museum of modern art and contains masterpieces in a mansion setting. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, noon-7 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays. Weekday admission for the permanent collection is by donation. Admission to special exhibits and weekend admission to the permanent collection for adults, students and seniors varies by exhibition. Children under 18 are free.

Point Lookout State Park
11175 Point Lookout Rd.
Route 5
Scotland, Md., 20687
301-872-5688 Fax: 301-872-5084
Web site: www.dnr.maryland.gov

The Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay join here. The area served as a watch post to warn of British ships during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. During the Civil War, it was a Union military district in which the federal government established a hospital and prisoner-of-war camp. Hours: sunrise-sunset year-round. The park is open to night fishers with valid licenses.

Savage Mill
8600 Foundry St.
Savage, Md., 20763
800-788-6455 410-792-2820
Email: savagemill@comcast.net
Web site: www.savagemill.com

Savage Mill was a working textile mill from 1822 to 1947. The 175,000-square-foot complex of buildings in Howard County is now home to antiques centers, home furnishing stores, craft galleries, artist studios, specialty shops and the Rams Head Tavern restaurant. The Bollman Truss bridge on the grounds of the mill is the last standing semi-suspension bridge of its type in the world. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
202-408-3100 Fax: 202-408-5124
Web site: www.sixthandi.org

Originally dedicated as a synagogue in 1908, the building served as the home of Turner Memorial Baptist AME Church from 1951 to 2002. In 2004 it was rededicated as the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Tours in English are offered noon-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Tours in Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are offered by appointment. A $3 donation is suggested.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
202-408-3100 Fax: 202-408-5124
Web site: www.sixthandi.org

Originally dedicated as a synagogue in 1908, the building served as the home of Turner Memorial Baptist AME Church from 1951 to 2002. In 2004 it was rededicated as the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Tours in English are offered noon-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and noon-3 p.m. the first Sunday of the month. Tours in Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are offered by appointment. A $3 donation is suggested.

Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery
17th Street and
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000
Email: info@saam.si.edu
Web site: www.americanart.si.edu/renwick

The gallery collects, exhibits, studies and preserves American crafts and decorative arts from the 19th to 21st centuries. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C., 20657
202-633-4880 Fax: 202-357-4911
Email: asiainfo@asia.si.edu
Web site: www.asia.si.edu

These are museums of Asian art. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Free. The Sackler Gallery is at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. The Freer Gallery is on Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. The two are connected by an underground exhibition space.

Smithsonian Institution Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C., 20657
202-633-4880 Fax: 202-357-4911
Email: asiainfo@asia.si.edu
Web site: www.asia.si.edu

These are museums of Asian art. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Free. The Sackler Gallery is at 1050 Independence Ave. SW. The Freer Gallery is on Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW. The two are connected by an underground exhibition space.

Smithsonian Institution National
Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue
at Fourth Street SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000
Web site: www.nasm.si.edu

The museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National
Air and Space Museum

Independence Avenue
at Fourth Street SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000
Web site: www.nasm.si.edu

The museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic air and spacecraft. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-4600 Fax: 202-357-4879
Web site: www.nmafa.si.edu

The cultural diversity of Africa is reflected in this collection, which includes objects and works of art from ancient times to the present. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-4600 Fax: 202-357-4879
Web site: www.nmafa.si.edu

The cultural diversity of Africa is reflected in this collection, which includes objects and works of art from ancient times to the present. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000 TTY: 202-357-1729
Web site: americanhistory.si.edu

Millions of American artifacts are preserved here. Permanent and changing exhibitions explore major themes in American history and culture. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free. The museum will close Sept. 5 for renovations and is expected to reopen in summer 2008.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000 TTY: 202-357-1729
Web site: americanhistory.si.edu

Millions of American artifacts are preserved here. Permanent and changing exhibitions explore major themes in American history and culture. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free. The museum will close Sept. 5 for renovations and is expected to reopen in summer 2008.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-357-2700 TTY: 202-357-1729
Web site: www.mnh.si.edu

The museum is dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history. Its collections include more than 125 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites and human artifacts. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Additional hours: open until 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until May 26, and open until 7:30 p.m. daily May 26-Sept. 3. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-357-2700 TTY: 202-357-1729
Web site: www.mnh.si.edu

The museum is dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history. Its collections include more than 125 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites and human artifacts. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Additional hours: open until 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until May 26, and open until 7:30 p.m. daily May 26-Sept. 3. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000
Web site: www.nmai.si.edu

On the national Mall between the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol, this newest part of the Smithsonian features nearly a million Native American artifacts. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-633-1000
Web site: www.nmai.si.edu

On the national Mall between the National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol, this newest part of the Smithsonian features nearly a million Native American artifacts. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Free.

Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-275-1738 Fax: 202-275-1887
Web site: www.npg.si.edu

The National Portrait Gallery is closed for renovations; it is scheduled to reopen July 1.
Mailing address:
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Victor Building, Suite 8300 MRC 973
Washington 20013

Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets NW
Washington, D.C., 20560
202-275-1738 Fax: 202-275-1887
Web site: www.npg.si.edu

The National Portrait Gallery is closed for renovations; it is scheduled to reopen July 1.
Mailing address:
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
PO Box 37012
Victor Building, Suite 8300 MRC 973
Washington 20013

Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, D.C., 20002
202-633-5555 TTY: 202-633-9849
Web site: www.postalmuseum.si.edu

Located on the lower level of the historic City Post Office Building, which served as the District post office from 1914 to 1986. In addition to one of the world's largest collections of stamps and philatelic materials, the museum has postal history material that predates stamps, vehicles used to transport the mail, mailboxes and mailbags, postal uniforms and equipment. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except Christmas. Free.

Thomas Isaac Log Cabin
8398 Main St.
Ellicott City, Md., 21043
410-313-1413
Web site: www.ellicottcity.net

Dating to about 1780, this is the only remaining settler's cabin in Ellicott City that is open to the public. Exhibitions focus on the National Road, the women of Ellicott Mills and early settlers. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and the second Sunday of each month. Closed January, February and March.

Thomas Stone National Historic Site
6655 Rose Hill Rd.
Port Tobacco, Md., 20677
301-392-1776
Web site: www.nps.gov/thst

This is the site of Haberdeventure, the family home of Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Stone and his wife, Margaret Brown, built the home in the early 1770s, and it remained the Stone family home until 1936. The National Park Service, which finished restoring the site in 1997, offers hiking and birding trails, as well as guided tours of the house. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Labor Day-Memorial Day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Free.

U.S. Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.C., 20024
202-225-8333
Web site: www.usbg.gov

Hours: Bartholdi Park is open from dawn to dusk daily; the conservatory is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, including holidays. Free.

U.S. Capitol
East Capitol and First streets NW
Washington, D.C.,
202-225-6827
Web site: www.aoc.gov/cc/visit

Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, including all federal holidays except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Guided tours, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free, timed tickets distributed at 9 a.m. The line forms at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds at Independence Avenue and First Street SW. One free ticket per person.

U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, Va., 20192
703-648-4748
Web site: www.usgs.gov/visitors/building.html

A visitors center at the federal agency offers an introduction to such topics as volcanoes, earthquakes, disaster preparedness and flooding. Hours for self-guided tours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; guided tours are available by calling 703-648-4748.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW
Washington, D.C., 20024
202-488-0400 TTY: 202-488-0406
Web site: www.ushmm.org

The museum studies, documents and interprets Holocaust history. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except for Yom Kippur and Christmas. Free. Passes are required to visit the museum's permanent exhibition.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW
Washington, D.C., 20024
202-488-0400 TTY: 202-488-0406
Web site: www.ushmm.org

The museum studies, documents and interprets Holocaust history. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily except for Yom Kippur and Christmas. Free. Passes are required to visit the museum's permanent exhibition.

U.S. Navy Memorial
Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Seventh and Ninth streets
Washington, DC,
202-737-2300
Web site: www.lonesailor.org

The memorial features a granite map of the world, 100 feet in diameter, surrounded by relief sculptures showing events in naval history. The Naval Heritage Center, next to the memorial, has a theater and an electronic log with the names of Navy veterans, as well as other displays. The memorial is open 24 hours daily. Naval Heritage Center hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum
600 Dulany St.
Suite 0100
Alexandria, Va., 22313
571-272-0095
Web site: www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/museum

Free admission. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed all federal holidays.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20016
202-537-6200 Recorded information: 202-364-6616
Email: webcomments@cathedral.org
Web site: www.cathedral.org/cathedral

Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily in fall, winter and spring; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends from May 1 to Labor Day. Suggested donation: adults, $3; children, $1. Guided tours are available. Call for schedules.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20016
202-537-6200 Recorded information: 202-364-6616
Email: webcomments@cathedral.org
Web site: www.cathedral.org/cathedral

Hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily in fall, winter and spring; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekends from May 1 to Labor Day. Suggested donation: adults, $3; children, $1. Guided tours are available. Call for schedules.

White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20500
202-456-1414 Comments: 202-456-1111
Email: president@whitehouse.gov+vice.president@whitehouse.gov
Web site: www.whitehouse.gov

Tours of the White House can be arranged only through the office of a member of Congress.

White House Visitor Center
1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C., 20500
202-208-1631
Web site: www.nps.gov/whho/WHVC

The center provides tours of the White House to groups of 10 or more. To obtain tickets, contact your member of Congress. Tickets are not available at the Visitor Center. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

White's Ferry
24801 White's Ferry Rd.
Dickerson, Md., 20842
301-349-5200
Web site: www.mcmullans.org/canal/whites_ferry.htm

This is the only regularly operating ferry on the Potomac River. Hours: operates 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

The Barracks
43 Pinkney St.
Annapolis, Md., 21401
410-267-7619
Web site: www.annapolis.org/tour-properties.html

Similar to the residences used to house troops during the Revolutionary War, the building includes two main rooms on the first floor and two rooms on the second floor. Hours: by appointment only as well as during Maryland Day celebrations in March. It is maintained by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, 18 Pinkney St., Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Charles Carroll House
107 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, Md., 21401
410-269-1737
Web site: www.charlescarrollhouse.com

Three generations of Carrolls -- including Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence -- lived here. The house is closed for stabilization work but is scheduled to reopen by mid-May 2006. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, May-October. Group and school tours by appointment.

Chase-Lloyd House
22 Maryland Ave.
Annapolis, Md., 21401
410-263-2723

Built by Samuel Chase, an 18th-century lawyer and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, this Georgian-style townhouse is known for its interior detail. Hours: 2-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2-4 p.m. most Saturdays (call first) March-December. Admission: $2.

Historic London Town
and Gardens

839 Londontown Rd.
Edgewater, Md., 21037
410-222-1919
Email: londontown@historiclondontown.org
Web site: www.historiclondontown.org

This 23-acre park incorporates part of the Colonial-era town of London. It is home to the historic William Brown House, an 18th-century Georgian mansion overlooking the South River. The park has an eight-acre woodland garden, sponsors archaeological digs for Anne Arundel County and hosts children's programs. Hours, April-December: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays. January-March: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. William Brown House is closed for tours January through March; gardens are open year-round, weather permitting. House tours are given hourly, with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. Gates close at 4:30 p.m. Admission: guided house and self-guided garden tour, $7; seniors, $5; children 7-12, $3. House tour only or self-guided garden tour only, $4; children 7-12, $3; children 6 and younger, free. Reservations required for group tours. Free to members of the London Town Foundation.

Maryland State House
State Circle
Annapolis, Md., 21401
Visitors center: 410-974-3400
Email: spitkin@mdwelcome.org
Web site: www.mdarchives.state.md.us

This is the country's oldest historic statehouse building still in continuous use. Guided tours are given at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Guided and private tours can be arranged by appointment by calling 410-974-3400. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No tours on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Day. Admission is free.

Museums and Historic Sites

Academy Art Museum
106 South St.
Easton, Md,, 21601
410-822-2787 Fax: 410-822-5997
Email: info@art-academy.org + academy@goeaston.net
Web site: www.art-academy.org

The museum houses a permanent collection of art centering on 19th- and 20th-century works on paper by James McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg and others; a second-floor gallery highlights regional artists. Concerts are performed in the museum's atrium. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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