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This successful company is one of the top local theaters in the city. With a focus on new works and playwrights, Woolly Mammoth is regarded as an artistically adventurous theater with little fear of either controversy or experimentation. Washington audiences are especially fond of Woolly Mammoth's preview performances, which include discussions of the work with a generous pay-what-you-can policy. Other community-oriented programs include a number of projects designed for area youth-at-risk, teacher-enrichment and eight free public readings of new plays each year. Woolly Mammoth also runs a popular program of acting classes through its Theatre School.
Howard University established in 1867, played a significant role in the Civil Rights Movement. An institution with such a rich tradition and history, imparts nothing but the best education to the students. From Arts to Health Sciences, wide array of faculties are covered here. It always strives to go beyond the classroom and rather than stressing only on academic excellence, it believes in overall development of the student. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Justice Thurgood Marshall are few of the noted alumni of the Howard University.
The Smithsonian Carousel is centrally located on The National Mall near Smithsonian Castle. The original carousel was built in the year 1947 by the Allan Herschell Company which was later replaced in 1981 with a carousel from Baltimore's Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. This is a big draw for kids with 8 horses and 2 chariots. It is the only one of its kind in the city that is still operational.
The former home of George and Martha Washington's granddaughter, Tudor Place offers 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.
Located beside the Smithsonian Castle, Arts and Industries Building contains artifacts from the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia and provides a wonderful view into daily life a century ago. This is also the home of the African-American Museum Project, with continuously changing exhibits of African-American life and the Smithsonian Discovery Theater. Children will love the performances by puppeteers, mimes, dancers and actors from around the nation.