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Kalorama remains one of the district's most chic and culturally diverse neighborhoods and features ambassadors' homes and elegant private residences. As part of this annual mid-September Kalorama House and Embassy Tour, visitors can tour the Woodrow Wilson House. The elegant home is now a museum owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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.
Constitution Avenue is a major street that runs in the city of Washington DC. This important roadway that is normally filled with traffic is also used as a roadway for major parades. Originally known as the North B Street, this place has several places of interest along the avenue such as the National Mall, National Gallery of Art, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Constitution Gardens. A walk down this historical lane is recommended for those on a sight-seeing trip in the city.
Pennsylvania Avenue alias America's Main Street is one of the renowned streets in the world due to its historic and cultural significance. The historic district is home to numerous famous structures and locations like the White House, Capitol Building, Ford's Theatre, Peace Monument and many more. Back in 1791, the French-American architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant was bestowed with the responsibility of planning the avenue covering the Congress House (the US Capitol Building) on Jenkins Hill (Capitol Hill) and the President's House (the White House) by then president- George Washington. Pennsylvania Avenue was not only Washington's first downtown street but also the place where numerous historical events took place. A few notable mentions being the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and James A. Garfield, six presidential funerals, the celebration of the end of the American Civil War and the presidential election parades. On September 30, 1965, Pennsylvania Avenue was designated as a National Historic Site.
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, all around the world. 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.
Established in 1910, the National Museum of Natural History aims to inform people about the natural history of earth through its exhibits. Nestled somewhere within this museum is the famous Hope Diamond, which has gained notoriety for supposedly carrying a curse. Apart from that, some of the museum's popular galleries include The Discovery Room, Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology, Insect Zoo, Teleology: Hall of Bones, Ocean Hall, Hall of Human Origins and many more.