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Freer|Sackler, situated on National Mall in the heart of Washington DC, is dedicated to admiring ancient, as well as, modern Asian artworks. Home to Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Freer|Sackler boasts of an impressive collection of artifacts and artworks from different pars of the Asian continent. This museum is open on seven days a week and the entry has been kept free. Film screenings, Asian cultural performances, workshops, group tours, and guided tours are organized at Freer|Sackler on a regular basis. South Asian and Himalayan Art, Korean Art, Ancient Egyptian Art and Southeast Asian Art are some of the most interesting collections at this museum.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's focus is the collection of early Chinese jades and bronzes donated by Arthur M. Sackler—a wealthy medical researcher and publisher. However, the museum houses a variety of Asian art dating as far back as 3000 BC. Displays of special note include Persian manuscripts, Indian paintings and Japanese prints. Works from China, Southeast Asia, Korea and Tibet are also featured. Concerts and art performances augment the visitor's tour. There is also a hands-on kids program called ImaginAsia with crafts, storytelling and more.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is located just down the street from the National Air and Space Museum. Visitors stroll up a rising, circular incline and view works by Calder, Rodin, and contemporary sculptors. Special exhibits have included works by such artists as Mircea Cantor, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Morris Louis. This unique building is home to many innovative and unusual exhibits and pieces of art. The museum's collection includes 4,000 paintings and 2,000 sculptures. Do not miss the sunken sculpture garden across Jefferson Drive. Auguste Rodin's Burghers of Calais is a must-see.
From El Greco's "The Visitation" to Byzantine and pre-Columbian artworks, jewelry and mosaics, Dumbarton Oaks is filled with elegant treasures. Built in 1801, the estate achieved its height of glory in the wealthy 1920s when it served as the high-society showpiece of Robert Bliss and his heiress wife, Mildred. The gardens occupy 10 acres above Georgetown and include terraced lawns, winding footpaths and elaborate fountains.
This historic neighborhood is lined with trendy boutiques and fine restaurants. The abundant nightlife in Georgetown draws both locals and visitors. Just wander down busy M Street and Wisconsin Avenue and explore the eclectic shops, or step in for a pint at one of the numerous pubs overflowing with college kids. You can also stroll off the main strip onto the tree-shaded streets filled with Georgian and Victorian townhouses that are home to many politicians and celebrities.
National Guard Memorial Museum is a dedication to National Guard of the United States. Spread across 5600 square feet (520.25 square meters), the museum showcases 6 different galleries with separate individual themes listed as Militia Era, National Guard Comes of Age, Citizen Soldier in Second World War, Cold War Era, National Guard in the Modern Era and Closing Sequence. The collections shed light over 375 years of National Guard history since 1636.