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Best Hidden Gems in Washington DC

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National Geographic Museum

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.

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Heist

Dupont Circle's nightlife has a headlining star, and it is called Heist. A sophisticated underground nightclub and lounge featuring unique cocktails and a hip crowd, this spot is guaranteed to be popping on any given night of the week. With a great sound system blaring the latest hits, an expansive dance floor and even a menu of delectable appetizers, Heist promises "grandeur fun and light-hearted delinquency." They are perhaps best known for their beautiful bar area - the sparkly light fixtures on the ceiling bring to mind a starry night sky.

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Eighteenth Street Lounge

Eighteenth Street Lounge does not advertise and there is not much of a sign over the sliver of a door. But despite the lack of marketing, the place is full of beautiful people dancing, singing and drinking. There are two floors of live or DJ-spun tunes. Newcomers should be sure to wear their best threads or risk rejection at the door. The interiors are upscale and antique-looking, with Middle Eastern influences adding an alluring charm to the decor. Sit back and enjoy a well concocted cocktail or simply head on to the dance-floor and groove to the eclectic music.

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Proper Topper

Proper Topper is an incredibly chic boutique that carries classic and modern clothing and accessories. At this modern-day haberdashery, you will find gorgeous gift items, including amazing hats, exquisite handmade jewelry, lovely scarves, and unique gloves. There are also plenty of home accents like frames, candles, scents and a small collection of handmade cards.

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Anderson House

This palatial townhouse on Embassy Row is a showpiece of the collections, interests, and lavish decor of Ambassador Lars Anderson and his heiress wife, Isabel. Housing an exhibit of revolutionary artifacts, the museum also offers some quirkier displays such as murals of Anderson's favorite motorcar tours of the city. But the biggest draw is the decor, which, from the grand ballroom to the original furnishings, gives a clear sense of the life and times of people during this period. Free chamber recitals are performed weekly.

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Woodrow Wilson House

President Wilson lived in this Georgian-Revival house after he left office, creating a comfortable, unpretentious residence with his second wife, Edith. He is the only president to remain in Washington after office. The couple collected items from all over the world, filling their home with eclectic wares. There is a baseball signed by Great Britain's King George V and a silent movie projector given to the Wilsons by the actor Douglas Fairbanks. The bedroom is modeled after the couple's White House sleeping quarters.

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The Velvet Lounge

A veritable storehouse of talent is what you will find at the Velvet. Located in the bustling U Street neighborhood of the city, this music club is a local hit. Opt from a passel of events from stand-up acts, live concerts, DJ nights or a musical extravaganza. With tasty libations and a relaxing ambiance, Velvet is your one stop for a creative dose.

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Flash

The brainchild of Dave Rosenberg and Afshin Mottaghi, Flash is a popular nightclub in the neighborhood of Shaw. Walk to the back of the seemingly normal bar to the photo booth where your picture will be snapped, and step on to the dance floor. With state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, this place booms with music. Only the best of DJs play here, giving you a sense of exclusivity while being very reasonably-priced. Delish tidbits and fabulous drinks are in the offing for those clubbing here. Definitely worth a visit to get a glimpse of DC's nightlife.

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Art Museum of the Americas

The Art Museum of the Americas works to showcase artists whose compelling works speak to political or social issues. This engaging museum was originally founded in 1917 as the Visual Arts Unit of the Pan American Union, but opened its doors as the Art Museum of the Americas in 1976. The museum boasts an impressive collection of important contemporary Latin American and Caribbean works, as well as hosting rotating exhibits that display the work of both emerging and established artists. The museum also runs educational programs and hosts events like free screenings of socially and politically-geared documentaries.

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Madam's Organ

An anagram of the DC neighborhood that Madam's Organ calls its home, the vibe at this jazz and blues club reflects the eclecticism that Adams-Morgan has a reputation for. It is a great addition to downtown’s social scene; its patrons would agree that its distinct joie de vivre is key to its fame. Savor a drink and classic grub, shoot some pool, and enjoy nightly live entertainment. If you wish to spend a night that you will remember for days to come, Madam's Organ is surely the place you should explore.

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