Comfort Inn Capital Beltway/I-95 North
4050 Powder Mill Rd.
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: (301) 572-7100
Fax: (301) 931-6407
Arts & Museums
Exhibits on career of Meany and other labor leaders include historic photographs, posters, and memorabilia.
Exhibits on meteorology and hydrology, including Transportable Tornado Observatory, model of the Tiros weather satelite, recreation of an 1891 weather office in Illinois.
Open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for tours. Tours of this historic house provides visitors with a view of home life for ordinary Americans of modest means during the Great Depression and World War II.
This museum is housed at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Its fun, interactive exhibits will captivate visitors of all ages. The gallery itself is a one-eighth scale replica of the Wright brothers' hangar, where they built their first military airplane. It was here, in 1909, that Wilbur Wright trained military officers to fly. The museum's many artifacts include the Wright brothers' 1911 Wright B, a 1918 'Jenny' airplane that was once used for airmail, and a 1932 Monocoupe aircraft.
A collection of street cars from the 1950's of which many are operated on a one-mile demonstration railway, for schedule information and hours, please call.
The Laurel Museum is set in a restored 19th-century mill worker's residence. Spread across 2590 square feet (240.62 square meters), it opened its doors in 1996. The property was bought by the city after years of neglect and was converted into a museum documenting the town's history. Get a glimpse of this Prince George's County metropolitan’s metamorphosis from 1870 to the present age through artifacts, photographs, books, tools and textiles. There is also a gift shop inside the facility. It is now run by the Laurel Historical Society.
Preserves, exhibits and maintains the history and heritage of the community. Facilities include an exhibit space, working blacksmith shop, and an art gallery.
National Museum of Health and Medicine has been built to promote an interest in medicine but more importantly in the armed forces and medicine. With a vast collection of over 24,000 objects, the museum tries to show to the visitor how diseases effect the body. Exhibits include diseased body parts, foreign items removed from the body, skeletons etc. Admission is free to the museum, but groups are charged. The museum also has a gift shop that sells books, collectibles and jewelery. Lectures are held in May every year on forensic anthropology. The museum also rents space for events, training courses, party and reception. There are walk-in tours, general tours, human body tours, civil war tour, forensics mystery etc.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
Bowie City, a small railroad stop of yesteryear, was originally christened Huntington City. The station, which was the focus of the town, was named after Governor Oden Bowie. Presently a museum, this venue houses an interesting collection of edifices. You will find restored railroad buildings like the waiting shed for passengers, the interlocking tower, the freight building, and the Norfolk and Western caboose from the '20s. Get a glimpse of railroad history in a unique setting.
Exhibitions featuring works of prominent local artists and those from around the world are held all year around. Galleries are located on the first and second floors. Impressive collections of other well-known museums are made available for viewing as a result of its association with them. Interesting educational programs are conducted for both children and adults. An on-site cafe is open during summer afternoons on weekdays.
As the principal medical research organization in the United States, this state-of-the-art facility in suburban Maryland is an exciting place. The facility is also home to the National Library of Medicine, the largest reference center devoted to a single subject in the world. The library pioneers the use of communications satellites and computer-assisted publishing to communicate to doctors and researchers across the country. The NIH Visitor's Center offers films, exhibits and a model laboratory. Tours of the library are also offered.