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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A popular night spot in the DC neighborhood, the vibe at this jazz and blues club reflects the eclecticism that Adams-Morgan has been known for. It is a great addition to downtown’s social scene. The patrons here would agree that the lively atmosphere at this place is the key to its fame. Savor a drink and a classic grub, play a few games of billiards, and enjoy nightly live performances all under one roof at Madam's Organ. If you wish to spend a night that you will remember for a long time, then this place won't disappoint you for sure.
Popularly known as the Pension Building, the National Building Museum plays a pivotal role in narrating the history of design, engineering, construction, urban planning and architecture in the United States of America. A non-profit organization, the museum hosts a number of exhibitions, festivals and public programs that endorse the exchange of ideas and information across people of all sections of society, across the globe. Located in a monumental structure with a design based on Italian Renaissance palaces, the brick, and terracotta building is grand and contains a massive 15-story interior with eight Corinthian columns that are 75 feet (23 meters) high. The museum's space has also been the site of inaugural balls and a popular Christmas television special. An iconic tourist attraction, a visit to the capital city is certainly incomplete without a tour of the National Building Museum.
The former home of George and Martha Washington's granddaughter, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden offer formal gardens and a house full of artifacts from the Washington family. The mansion was designed by Dr. William Thornton who also engineered the U.S. Capitol. For those with an interest in early American history, but without the time to travel to the more-famous Mount Vernon, this museum within the city is ideal. Docents lead the frequent tours for a nominal price while the tours to the gardens are free of cost.
Alleviating the stress of overworked cosmopolitans, Hela Spa is tucked away in the historic neighborhood, but once you find it you're in for a day of pampering. This luxurious medical spa offers a bevy of upscale services from simple massages and facials to peels, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions, and more. Need to look refreshed and ready for your next event or holiday season? An appointment with Hela Spa can help you with that, whether it be botox or a series of less invasive facials, the trained and friendly staff will help you look and feel your best.
This Potomac River island is an apt memorial to the conservation-minded Teddy Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president. The 88-acre wildlife refuge can be explored along winding footpaths. In a clearing at the island's center stands a 22-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, accompanied by inscriptions of his eloquent thoughts on nature and conservation. Access the island from Virginia via George Washington Memorial Parkway. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shoreline.
This monument is not only a memorial to the nation's 32nd president, but also to the people of his time. The monument stretches along the Tidal Basin over 7.5 acres (3 hectares) and is connected by granite passageways. The four outdoor rooms here exhibit different aspects of Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms in office. The second room, for example, depicts the Great Depression with statues waiting in a bread line. Another room contains a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, the only memorial to honor a First Lady. The monument also features waterfalls and pools. Set at a scenic location, it is a glorious site to visit in Washington DC.