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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 National Children's Museum is a delightful institution dedicated to teaching children about the world around them and their responsibilities therein. Designed for children eight and under, the museum teaches little ones about their civic duties, global geography, as well as general arts and entertainment points of interest. An interactive theater further engages kids, as well as fun Sesame Street characters decorating the walls. Age-conscious displays for children three and under as well as for older children adapt to their interests and learning needs in order to create a lasting impact on their perception of the world at large.
Des Américains célèbres et distingués sont honorés aux Galerie National des Portraits dans des portraits, des photos, et d'autre médias visuels. Une variété des politiciens, des artistes, des scientifiques, et des activistes y sont représentés. Cette galerie est un témoignage remarquable aux personnalités divers des États-Unis y compris Grace Kelly, Boris Karloff, George Washington, Mickey Mantle et Gertrude Stein. Des photos, des gravures, des dessins, et des sculptures ajoutent aux peintures. D'intérêt particulier est le Hall des Présidents, où il y a un portrait ou sculpture de chaque président.
Located in the National Historic Landmark Building, which houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Kogod Courtyard is a public courtyard. The center for numerous public events, cultural activities and performances, this massive 28,000 square foot (2601 square meters) courtyard, is also a popular spot for locals to come and relax, or even use the free WiFi to work in the air-conditioned interiors. The sleek glass roof lets in natural light, making the ambiance here warm and inviting and always lively. One can drop by here to enjoy the local art, music and cultural events that often take place here, or just relax at the Courtyard Cafe and dig into some comfort food.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum takes you on a journey of discovery of iconic American art and the artists that created it from the 17th Century to the present day. The building itself is of heritage value and designated a National Historic Landmark. The expansive collection is spread out over multiple levels and there is a spacious courtyard where you can take a break. Discover the works of Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keefe on the first floor; the works of Gilbert Stuart and Albert Bierstadt on the second, and Franz Kline and Andy Warhol on the third. Various art movements and periods are well demonstrated in the carefully curated exhibits, like New Deal Art, and provide an engaging narrative for the visitor to follow. Docent-led tours are a great way to discover the highlights in an interactive way. The Renwick Gallery, the main building's sister wing, is also worth a visit.