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Arts & Museums
The many perspectives of the earth are examined here, including geology, oceanography, astronomy and anthropology. Enjoy creative and educational exhibits including a huge globe, a tornado simulator and a 'time machine'. Changing, lively special exhibits are also featured. A gift shop sells the National Geographic Society's videos, books and educational games. Group tours are available and admission is free.
Joyce Muis Lowery, the director, leads this gallery and studio in its mission to celebrate the work of disabled students in a vocational arts program. A charming glass replica of the Washington Monument sits in front of the building. Inside, view a wonderful variety of art from beginning children, apprentices and full-fledged artists. Worth noting is the Christmas inventory sale (30 percent off), which is an annual highlight.
Mary McLeod Bethune, a noted teacher and political leader, lived in this house from 1943 until her death in 1955. She served as director of the Division of Negro Affairs under Franklin Roosevelt and was an advisor to three other U.S. presidents. The house was the original headquarters for the National Council of Negro Women. Founded by Bethune, the group sought to promote women in society and eliminate all forms of discrimination. Today, the home is a museum dedicated to Bethune and all American black women. A large collection of writings, artwork, photographs and memorabilia are on display. Donations accepted.
Located in Dupont Circle, the Temple of the Scottish Rite is considered one of the most beautiful monuments in the city. The Masonic shrine resembles the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. The museum displays artifacts from Robert Burns and J. Edgar Hoover, among others. Of particular interest is the main reading room of the library, which features antique two-story ladders, a vast selection of material and heavy cushioned chairs for reading and relaxation. This was the first 'public library' in DC.
One of the longest-standing artist-owned galleries in DC, Gallery 10 has thrived in the Dupont Circle Gallery District since 1974. The gallery presents a variety of 20th century and contemporary art, including prints, paintings, photographs, sculpture, installations, and video pieces, with an emphasis on experimentation. Gallery 10 features local, national and international artists. Known for exhibiting fiercely original works, this gallery continues to be a staple in the DC art scene, keeping it raw and innovative.
Keeping in sync with the name, The Mansion on O Street is a grandeur and opulent structure. The hotel, the club and the museum together form the mansion. Be it a corporate meeting or your daughters wedding, the immaculate services will surely make it an successful event. Royal dining rooms, classy decor are reminiscent of the era of Queens and Kings but also provides the comforts of the modern technology of todays world. The museum has a varied collection of paintings, books and sculptures, that will appeal to one and all, right from a novice to the expert connoisseur of art. Truly you get to experience a magical world that goes beyond your daily and chaos filled routine.
Designed by architect James Renwick, who also designed the Smithsonian Castle, this gallery was the home of the Corcoran Art Collection until it outgrew the building. Currently, the Renwick is among the foremost craft museums in the country. It includes a full array of the art form, from handwoven rugs to Shaker furniture. The museum shop is a treasure trove of art and books honoring fine craftsmanship.
The history of the female artist is a sub-theme in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, which houses the works of women artists from the 16th Century to the present. The comfortable mid-range scale of the museum is ideal for leisurely viewing of the permanent and visiting exhibitions. Painting and sculpture are nicely balanced with the decorative arts and photography.
The Phillips Collection retains the 19th-century grandeur enjoyed by the Phillips family. The gallery was opened in 1918 while the family was still living in the home. The collection displays mostly 19th- and 20th-century American and European paintings. Significant works by Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Bonnard and Klee are on display. One can browse at leisure and perhaps, catch an art student working on a sketch. A cafe is also on site.
At Geoffrey Diner Gallery, American and European arts are on display. The gallery also exhibits furniture and Tiffany Studios lights. There are also pieces of art from the Modern Design Movement in Europe. A visit here for the antiques is a must.
Owned by 37 local, professional artists, the Studio Gallery is known for its display of contemporary art, which is exhibited solo and in group shows. The exhibitions showcase the talents of budding and established artists. This gallery is also on rent, in the evenings, throughout the year. Visit the website for featured artists and their works.
Learn more about the fascinating history of the nation's capital at the Historical Society of Washington DC. The Historical Society hosts several temporary exhibits, such as Portraying Lincoln and International Holiday Traditions. Since the exhibits often change, you can find something new here each time you visit. You can also explore the Kiplinger Research Library and find the perfect book.