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Also known as "America's attic," for its spectacular collection of nearly 154 million artifacts, the Smithsonian Institution is one of the the world's largest museum complexes and research organizations. The administrative office of the esteemed institution is housed in a magnificent red sandstone 'castle', that also houses a visitor information area and research chambers. Within this building is also the final resting place of the Smithsonian Institution's founder, James Smithson, with his tomb being preserved in the crypt in the north entrance. Apart from the main building, the institution features as many as 17 museums and galleries within its sprawling complex that represent exhibits across the myriad fields of science, history, zoology, and art. Some of the most notable Smithsonian landmarks include the Natural History Museum and the African American Museum.
Learn about the history of the Drug Enforcement Administration at this unique museum. Besides learning about the DEA, you learn about drug use in the United States through the decades and how it's impacted life and culture. Items on display include a Hell's Angels motorcycle, technology used by the DEA in the past, medicine bottles form the early 20th Century, and much more.
The International Spy Museum provides a unique glimpse into the innovative world of espionage and its impact throughout history and present day. The state of the art exhibits includes artifacts and spy stories from all over the world. The museum showcases espionage artifacts from the 21st century to as far back as the Greek empire. Visitors can also be a part of a movie setup and play the part of a spy, by solving puzzles and overcoming obstacles. During your visit to the museum, you'll adopt a cover identity and then lead into the briefing room to learn about the life of a spy. Highly interactive, informative and fun, a visit to this museum is well worth the price.
If you are in D.C., chances of you meeting the President of United States in person may be slim, but don’t be disheartened. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum is to here to the rescue! Not only the museum has life-like and life-sized statues of all the Presidents, right from George Washington, but also a mindboggling collection of wax statues of Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, cultural and political leaders, eminent media personalities and beloved music icons! Take a seat with George Clooney or a groovy picture with Beyonce. Get a closer look at Jackie Kennedy or swing the club with Tiger Woods. Or even better, feel like a star with a personalized wax replica of your own hand