8601 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740
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Arts & Museums
This museum is housed at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Its fun, interactive exhibits will captivate visitors of all ages. The gallery itself is a one-eighth scale replica of the Wright brothers' hangar, where they built their first military airplane. It was here, in 1909, that Wilbur Wright trained military officers to fly. The museum's many artifacts include the Wright brothers' 1911 Wright B, a 1918 'Jenny' airplane that was once used for airmail, and a 1932 Monocoupe aircraft.
Exhibits on meteorology and hydrology, including Transportable Tornado Observatory, model of the Tiros weather satelite, recreation of an 1891 weather office in Illinois.
Exhibits on career of Meany and other labor leaders include historic photographs, posters, and memorabilia.
Open Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. for tours. Tours of this historic house provides visitors with a view of home life for ordinary Americans of modest means during the Great Depression and World War II.
National Museum of Health and Medicine has been built to promote an interest in medicine but more importantly in the armed forces and medicine. With a vast collection of over 24,000 objects, the museum tries to show to the visitor how diseases effect the body. Exhibits include diseased body parts, foreign items removed from the body, skeletons etc. Admission is free to the museum, but groups are charged. The museum also has a gift shop that sells books, collectibles and jewelery. Lectures are held in May every year on forensic anthropology. The museum also rents space for events, training courses, party and reception. There are walk-in tours, general tours, human body tours, civil war tour, forensics mystery etc.
Preserves, exhibits and maintains the history and heritage of the community. Facilities include an exhibit space, working blacksmith shop, and an art gallery.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
Graffiti has always managed to capture people's imagination. VeraCruz takes it a notch higher by bringing it in on their walls. This one-of-a-kind gallery-cum-bar features domestic and international street artists on a rotating basis, who translate their art into vibrant murals that are definitely eye-catching. These art works are also available on sale once the exhibition time is over. The eclectic bar features the best of what Latin America has to offer. So sip on these delightful drinks while looking at the creative murals all around. An interesting spot to stopover, don't miss VeraCruz if you are in town.
DC has a long tradition of quality art museums but take a walk away from the Mall and you will discover a plethora of intriguing small galleries as well. A cozy two level space on U Street, Project 4 Gallery is a new addition to the exciting emerging gallery scene in Washington. Project 4 focuses on contemporary new and international artists using a variety of media. Each exhibit focuses on a specific artist or a "theme" and runs for about one to two months. Expect to see some quirky prints, interesting photography, eye opening paintings and truly intriguing themes. - Christina Chaconas
Fashion trends change as the time passes, but each era and each culture is distinguished by the unique patterns, designs and colors. The Black Fashion Museum established by Joyce Bailey tries to capture the African-American world of fashion in the by-gone era. It has vast collection ranging from articles featuring models to slave dresses. You can actually see the copy of wedding gown of Jackie Kennedy and many other celebrity dresses and gowns. It's a family operated museum and you can visit it with prior appointment only.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General foods. The 40-room mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses a huge collection of art, jewelry and other artifacts that belong to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and pieces of china. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers and plants.
From stagecoach to Model T, learn about the techniques and technologies the U.S. Postal Service has employed to deliver mail over the years. Exhibits at National Postal Museum also demonstrate the important role that mail has played in the country's development. Interactive computer displays and videos of train robberies are especially popular. Stamp collectors should not miss the museum shop. Admission is free.