The National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates women who have contributed to the world of art. With works dating as far back as the Renaissance to the present, the National Museum of Women in the Arts features exhibits that highlight the achievements in sculpture, painting, photography and graphic art. With more than 800 works in its collection the museum has grown se it first opened its doors in 1987. Also of note is its library and research center which houses more than 18,500 books and exhibition catalogues, periodicals, multi-media resources; and artists' books, along with the Archives on Women Artists and a number of special collections, luding artists' papers.
The Octagon House and Museum is located in Washington, DC at 18th St. and New York Ave, NW and is the oldest museum in the U.S. dedicated to architecture and design. The Octagon House was designed by Dr. William Thorton (who also designed the U.S. Capitol) and is an example of Federal period architecture. Oddly enough, the house is not shaped like an octagon, and no one is really sure how it got its name. However, the American Architectural Foundation notes on its website that, "One possibility comes from the round entrance hall. In the 18th century, round rooms were often constructed with eight angled walls plastered smooth and were called "octagon salons." Another clue is found in period dictionaries, which define an octagon shape as having eight angles rather than eight sides."
The Octagon House has a place in presidential history as it once served as the temporary residence of President and Mrs. Madison after the British burned the White House. It was in the circular room that the Treaty of Ghent was signed.
Folger Shakespeare Library is located on Capitol Hill and olds the third largest collection of English books printed before 1641. Visitors to the Folger Shakespeare Library can enjoy theatrical performances, an Elizabethan garden, exhibits and lectures about Shakespeare's life and works and more.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC is a living memorial to the millions who died during the Holocaust and a reminder of the fragility of freedom. Located just minutes from the National Mall and the Tidal Basin, almost 30 million people have visited the U.S. Holocaust Museum se it opened.
The museum has three main exhibition floors that present an often chilling history of the genocide that took place under the power of Nazi Germany. Through artifacts, photographs, films, and eye witness testimonies visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Museum are immersed in the tragic and horrific annihilation of six million Jews.
The National Archives Building in Washington, DC is home to the historical legal papers that proclaimed America and all of her peoples "free". Visitors to the National Archives can see the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights as well as textual and microfilm records concerning:
The District of Columbia
Federal courts from the District of Columbia
Pre-World War I Army
Pre-World War II Navy
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC is filled with masterpieces from the 13th to the 21st Centuries. The collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings were created by some of the most famous artists in history, luding Botticelli, Degas, Monet, Cezzane, Renoir, da Vi, Fragonard, and Raphael to name a few. In the East Building, visitors can see modern art by such artists as Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Calder. Located on the National Mall it is one of DC's most visited galleries.
Ford's Theater Museum in Washington, DC reopened its doors on July 15, 2009 after extensive renovations. The museum tells the story of Abraham Loln through its new exhibits and artifacts. Visitors begin their tour by passing through a passenger car of a train, representing Loln's February 1861 secret train ride to Baltimore to escape assassins.
Additionally these new exhibits underscore the redible struggles and challenges that faced Loln when he assumed office with a nation divided. They cast a new light on his life in the White House, highlight the victories of the Civil War and takes a closer look at the Assassination conspiracy, John Wilkes Booth and Loln's tragic death on April 15, 1865.
The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is a popular spot, particularly during the summer. Located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, and 7th and 9th Streets, NW) it is two city blocks in size. The garden is filled with 17 sculptures by such artists as Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein that will delight young and old. The large fountain pool, is popular with young kids tossing coins, visitors sitting on benches and along the rim eating lunch or a snack. In the summer visitors to the Sculpture Garden can also enjoy a series of evening jazz concerts.
Books were always an essential part of Thomas Jefferson's life; he spent a great deal of time acquiring books for his own personal library at Monticello. By 1814 Jefferson had the largest personal collection of books in the US. After the British destroyed most of the Library of Congress's (LOC) book collection in a fire in 1814, Thomas Jefferson offered to sell his collection to the LOC which they purchased for $23,950. Unfortunately a second fire in 1851 would destroy nearly two thirds of the 6,487 books Jefferson sold to them.
In tribute to the Library's great friend, the LOC has created the exhibit Thomas Jefferson Library which showcases the remaining volumes once belonging to Jefferson that are now part of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the LOC. The books are divided into categories Memory, Reason and Imagination. Additionally the LOC has created a more user friendly, hands-on experience for visitors with its Library Experience.
On May 23, 2008, Washington, DC will be getting another new museum called the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. Located in DC's Chinatown neighborhood (575 7th Street NW) and accessible via metro, the museum is dedicated to the history of crime with special attention paid to law enforcement, forensic science, crime scene investigation. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment is sure to be a favorite among all those who have a passion for the legal system or the novices who simply enjoy Law & Order. The museum is co-owned by John Morgan, a businessman from Florida and John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted.
According to the museum's press release detailing what visitors can expect, "Permanent attractions lude opportunities to interact with a realistic forensics lab, create ID cards and fingerprinting, and use a lie detector test. Visitors to the museum will experience first-hand the skills necessary to fight crime through such interactive components as a simulated FBI shooting range and high-speed police chase simulators."
The Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC), a 250,000-square-foot museum of interactive news and journalism, will offer visitors 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience that take visitors behind the scene of how and why news becomes news. The building features a glass-fronted "window on the world" facing Pennsylvania Avenue and a 74-foot-high, 50-ton marble tablet emblazoned with the 45 words of the First Amendment.
Located at the intersection Pennsylvania Ave and Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC, this state-of-the-art facility features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services.
The Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC), a 250,000-square-foot museum of interactive news and journalism, will offer visitors 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience that take visitors behind the scene of how and why news becomes news. The building features a glass-fronted "window on the world" facing Pennsylvania Avenue and a 74-foot-high, 50-ton marble tablet emblazoned with the 45 words of the First Amendment. Located at the intersection Pennsylvania Ave and Sixth St., NW, Washington, DC, this state-of-the-art facility features seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services.