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Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown, Washington DC

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  • Carol M
    East Chicago, IN74 contributions
    We only did the presidential gallery and one other exhibit. It was no line, no admission, no crowd, and the enclosed courtyard was very nice. Looked at the menu at the cafe but nothing sparked our interest.
    Written 26 September 2022
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  • Maria F
    Ames, IA259 contributions
    The museum aspect focused on the assassin and the civil war. The theater itself still runs regular plays and I would recommend attending a show at the theater for full effect.
    Written 17 September 2022
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  • Susan
    Chicago, IL9 contributions
    our favorite of all the Smithsonian museums, including the National Portrait Gallery that occupies alternating wings and floors of this historic building, which is a draw itself. The captions of each piece of art work are superb -- brings history and individuals alive -- and the special exhibits are always engaging. A coffee or snack in the atrium is one of the best break places in town. We come here every time we're in DC, which is several times a year every year
    Written 13 September 2022
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  • roj1281
    Houston, TX514 contributions
    When I saw the spy museum I had to go and I was not disappointed. There is lots of information here but there are some interactive things and games you can play which make it more entertaining than simply walking through a museum. You have a cover identity and a mission as well. There were a lot of people when I visited so I would recommend early morning and during the week may be better as well. You can easily spend 3 hours here.
    Written 16 September 2022
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  • Kaylynn M
    27 contributions
    I think we were expecting a lot more on the history of the magazine and what we found was a paid for exhibit for Egypt that we didn't actually go in and see and then a lobby display and hall way of old magazine covers that were free. We looked through those which we found interesting and headed back out to do other things.
    Written 26 February 2020
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  • Lottelli
    Wirral, UK2,336 contributions
    We got tickets for the ice hockey here and wow what an experience! It was just amazing to be part of the action!
    Being a larger lady I kind of had to squeeze into the seat but it was fine once I was sat in it.
    We sat right at the back but still had a great view of the game. There’s loads of food stations and stores selling memorabilia.
    Written 7 April 2022
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  • Hans-Olof H
    Stockholm, Sweden835 contributions
    The visitor centre gives you a very good picture of the White House, and all its changes over the years. The interactive computer animations are very good. The centre gives you also some glimpses of the family life of the different presidential families. There is also a film about a lot of presidents and how they thought of their role. The White House visitor centre is well worth a visit.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • LongIslandTraveler92
    East Northport, NY101 contributions
    Super convenient!! We arrived in Union Station on Amtrak and had planned to Uber to our hotel near the convention center but I found this via Google Maps. Great discovery. Runs every ten minutes. Currently FREE (only $1 outside COVID times). We rode on the Union Station - Georgetown line. Bus was clean and not too crowded. Also rode bus back from Georgetown U. Experience was significantly less pleasant that time around. Was very crowded including a lot of folks who appeared homeless. Bus ran on time and provided good service nonetheless. Mask required (and recommended!!).
    Written 29 August 2021
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  • lalocadr19
    Hollywood, Florida6,556 contributions
    Went here last summer, before it closed for renovation. I love the museum plenty of portrait to see, so many women artist.

    Of my favorite Frida Kahlo I can definitely watch the portrait and enjoy the exhibit. There are also a couple of African American portrait which are great to see. I love the rubber art and the animals exhibition.

    There also a woman room which has beautiful neon light and arts. Beautiful museum great to see and enjoy when it open again.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • Bob Kramer
    Ankeny, IA127 contributions
    Was very proud to serve my hometown for 34 years as an Officer. One of the first things we did when we visited Washington DC was to visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Took the time to pay my respects to 3 brother Officers who were killed in the line of duty.
    Written 22 August 2022
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  • woosailor
    Wooster, OH402 contributions
    This is an excellent smaller version of the Navy Museum on Navy Yard base but very enjoyable. Lots of photos and more focus on individuals rather than chips or data. Well worth a visit and probably better for those not so familiar with the Navy.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • RonFG
    Potomac, MD1,066 contributions
    First of all, this is a magnificant theatre--closest to Broadway that DC has. I've been coming here for >50 years--intimate and beautiful. We came for the "S & G Story"--great songs, but it was a glorified tribute band show. Very little story. Pales in comparison to "Jersey Boys", "Beautiful", & "Ain't Too Proud". Recommend the theatre, but not the show.
    Written 1 February 2020
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  • Christopher L
    Washington DC, DC137 contributions
    I've wanted to visit these exhibits for a while since the NBM was used as a staging area for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, and I finally took that opportunity, and it wasn't that bad! There were 12(!) exhibits, and it was hit or miss, but the exhibits were extremely varied!

    $10 per adult. $7 for students. FREE if you are a member!

    For Summer 2022 here are some of the following exhibits:

    1. The Playhouse - 5/5: They transformed the atrium into the Folger Theatre, and are playing A Midsummer's Night Dream, and they have activities around the stage, and backstage tours! Really cool, I want to go back and see the actual play.

    2. The Wall - 5/5: Very interesting and evocative exhibit, that's designed to initiate conversations since most visitors are probably "anti-wall". Stories from both sides of the border, and how border communities have evolved over time as policy changes.

    3. Gun Violence Memorial Project - 5/5: Somber, poignant, and simple exhibit that has houses with cubbies that are filled with names and belongings of those killed by gun violence. Reminds us that everyone who died had a name, a family, hopes and dreams, and a community that mourns them.

    4. What's Already There - 2/5: Seemed incomplete, but an exhibit demonstrating how Brussels is changing the urban landscape with sustainable practices, but the exhibit was not well guided, and I didn't know what I was looking at.

    5. M|LAB - 5/5: It's a small exhibit, but super cool. Utilizing audio-visual, the exhibit transports you to different locations and you get to see how sound travels in different locations like the sound windmills make in an open field!

    6. Notre-Dame De Paris: The Augmented Exhibition - 4/5: A technological exhibit that explores the construction, destruction, and rebuilding of the Notre-Dame in Paris. I thought a lot of the information wasn't well presented and focused on using AR for the entire exhibit rather than allowing AR to provide a superior experience.
    Written 21 August 2022
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  • henryg984
    Houston, TX38 contributions
    Compared to other city’s “China Town” , other than the gate, there was not much of China Town feel. The area offer some great eating options and walkable to tourist sites.
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Caleb
    41 contributions
    As a first time visitor to Washington DC, we were nervous about finding a parking spot. Thankfully the Ronald Regan Building Parking garage had plenty of open spots. Price was only $25, which I thought was fair. Coming back in to retrieve our car, we had to go through security. They extremely rude and barely spoke to us. Seems as though they hate their job. We felt safe leaving our car here because of the security, but they could have definitely been nicer.
    Written 17 March 2022
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