Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites
1200 N. Courthouse Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 524-4000
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Arts & Museums
Arlington House once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose wife, Mary Custis, a great-granddaughter of George Washington, inherited the home. During the Civil War, Union troops made the house their headquarters. The home is furnished as it was when the Lees raised their seven children here. Park rangers dressed in period costume help dramatize the era. Enjoy a stunning view of Washington from the front of the hillside mansion. As the mansion is located within Arlington National Cemetery, visitors must either walk from the Visitor Center or join the Tourmobile Sightseeing tour of the cemetery.
This nationally recognized gallery and respected Georgetown establishment produces progressive and imaginative exhibits. Although it was known for displaying leading pop art in its early days, the gallery has since featured a more diverse range of works. It also publishes original portfolios and limited edition prints.
Tucked into a courtyard in the heart of busy Georgetown, the Old Stone House dates back to 1765. It is believed to be the oldest building in Washington and the only one remaining from the pre-Revolutionary period. The house provides a glimpse of mid-18th century life in a cramped but functional living space. Simple furnishings can be found in most rooms.
This gallery displays a collection of contemporary decorative art from Europe and America. It features many of the best-known artists including Sabattini, Vanini, Daum, Moorcroft, Claire McArdle and more. This is a wonderful shop in the heart of Georgetown's shopping district.
Across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia is the headquarters of the armed forces of the United States, the largest office building in the world. Encompassing 29 acres, with a five-acre courtyard in the center, the five-sided structure has over 17 miles of hallways. Approximately 23,000 employees, military and civilian, come to work here each day. Group tours are available to Pentagon with a reservation.
One of the top contemporary fine art glass galleries in the world, the Maurine Littleton Gallery regularly exhibits the creations of the finest American glass artists. The gallery boasts permanent displays of glass art and other three-dimensional works in metal, ceramic and fiber. Prominent artists featured here include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Therman Staton and Ginny Ruffner. Most of the glass work is abstract in nature.
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.
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.
The Hume School is a historic structure that is an Arlington County Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The former school holds the record for being one of the oldest school building in the county of Arlington. The building was designed by B. Stanley Simmons in Queen Anne inspired architecture. Now owned and looked after by the Arlington Historical Society, the house is used as a local history museum.
Department of the Interior Museum casts a wide net, reflecting the many concerns of this government agency throughout its history. From mining to regional history, from national parks to Native-American art, the displays here provide a composite of that nebulous concept, the U.S. "interior." But for those who like to start their explorations with details, there are countless artifacts to attract attention, including historical documents, pottery and geological finds. Admission is free.
Run by the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Museum focuses on the culture and history of everyday life in the United States before 1830. It recreates whole rooms from specific time periods in different regions. A room from an adobe house contrasts the many colonial examples and the attic, filled with toys and dolls of long ago, is a hit with children. Also popular with children are the free 'Colonial Adventure' tours, held on the first and third Sundays of each month. A costumed guide explains the exhibits. Don't forget to explore the genealogical library.
Set among the fashionable Foxhall Road estates in upper northwest Washington, the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger holds a marvelous collection of 19th and 20th Century art. Artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Rodin are represented, among other artists. A fine collection of African art is also housed here. The Kreeger Museum requires some advance planning to visit since reservations are required to join the docent-led tours, but the effort is well worth it. No people under 12 are permitted.