Visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans MemorialVietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national memorial in Washington, D.C. It honors U.S. service members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War, service members who died in service in … Wikipedia

Artist: Maya Lin
Address: 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20024
Opened: 1982
Location: Washington, D.C.
Architecture firm: Cooper-Lecky Partnership
Architect: Maya Lin

Deliberately setting aside the controversies of the war, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served when their Nation called upon them.

Located north of the Lincoln Memorial near the intersection of 22nd St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Vietnam Veterans Memorial is free to visit and is open 24 hours a day. The memorial is lit at night.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial mapThe memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict. The memorial also includes “The Three Servicemen” statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

Rangers and volunteers are available throughout the day and into the evening to assist visitors. The visitor contact station is between the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial.

Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial can be a very emotional experience for visitors. Please be respectful of others while you visit.

website: http://www.nps.gov/vive/


Fun things to do in DC, August 2-4

Friday August 2nd

Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement – Exhibit
Newseum | Washington, DC

Opening Reception, Colors of Night: Photography by Scott Davis – Exhibit
Mad Momos | Washington, DC

Brian Simms – Music Event
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and Ice Skating Rink | Washington, DC

River Arts Workshop: Exploring Our Rivers – Miscellaneous Event
Anacostia Community Museum | Washington, DC

Moneytown – Bar/Club Event
Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar | Washington, DC

We Fought the Big One – Bar/Club Event
Marx Cafe | Washington, DC

Marlee in the Mixx – Music Event
Indulj | Washington, DC

Saturday August 3th

America Hearts, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, The Mean Season, Jackpot Tiger – Music Event
Black Cat | Washington, DC

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles – Miscellaneous Event
Millennium Stage – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Washington, DC

Sketching in the Gallery – Exhibit
Corcoran Gallery of Art | Washington, DC

Ballets Russes – Miscellaneous Event
National Gallery of Art | Washington, DC

Sunday August 4th

Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir – Music Event
About 25 kids from Virginia, Maryland and the District will sing gospel music, which is powerful singing that often has a religious message. The kids, who must audition to be a part of this Washington Performing Arts Society choir, will also sing American patriotic songs (that means songs that are about how great the United States is), and also tunes from musicals such as “The Wiz” and “Sister Act 2.” — Moira E. McLaughlin
National Building Museum | Washington, DC

The Nine Lives of Wonderland – Bar/Club Event
The Wonderland Ballroom | Washington, DC

Cine-Concert: The Pleasure Garden – Miscellaneous Event
National Gallery of Art | Washington, DC

Glade Dance Collective & UpRooted Dance – Performing Arts
Dance Place | Washington, DC


Visit National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait GalleryNational Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is an historic art museum located at 8th and F Streets NW in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Founded in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968, it is part of the Smithsonian Institution. Wikipedia

Hours: 11:30 am–7:00 pm daily
Address: Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 633-8300
Artwork: Lansdowne portrait, Henry Laurens
Admission: FREE

National Portrait Gallery mapThe Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum—two museums that tell America’s stories through art, history and biography—share a newly renovated National Historic Landmark building in downtown Washington D.C. The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, named in honor of a generous gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, includes the two museums and their special-purpose facilities: the Lunder Conservation Center, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art, the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

Barrier-free access is available at G Street entrance. All areas of the museum are served by elevators. Wheelchairs are available. Please inquire at the Information Desk.

Suitcases, large umbrellas, and all backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Bag check is not offered, but free lockers are available for smaller items. Please limit the use of cellular phones when in the galleries. Bags, boxes, and packages may be inspected for security reasons upon entrance or exit.

Handheld photography and video for personal use are permitted in the permanent collection galleries, but not in special exhibitions or in the Lunder Conservation Center. No tripods are allowed. Commercial use must be pre-arranged with the museum’s Public Affairs Office.

Visit the Current Exhibitions page for a listing of current and upcoming special exhibitions.

There are a few parking lots and ramps in the vicinity of the museums.

website: http://www.npg.si.edu/


Visit Washington National Cathedral

Washington National CathedralWashington National Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, operated under the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church … Wikipedia

Height: 299′ (91 m)
Opened: September 29, 1990
Hours: Mon – Fri 10:00 am–5:30 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Sun 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Address: 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture
Architects: Henry Vaughan, George Frederick Bodley, Philip H. Frohman

Washington National Cathedral mapCome see the beautiful architecture and grounds, learn more about our history, and enjoy the spectrum of spiritual and cultural activities offered year-round by Washington National Cathedral.

The requested contribution to visit the Cathedral is
$10 per person.

Washington National Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC, at the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues.

WNC require that all groups visiting the Cathedral make a reservation. Groups may take a tour or come to worship. You will need a reservation if your group:
- is larger than 13 people
- will be arriving by motor coach
- will be arriving by larger vehicle, such as a mini-bus or 15-passenger van

Tours, led by a Cathedral docent, provide an overview of the Cathedral’s art, architecture, history, and mission; they last about 30 minutes. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of services and to stay for the duration.

The Cathedral presents exhibitions in several locations within the building. Currently on display on the seventh floor are “Though the Earth Be Moved”, a look at the impact of the 2011 earthquake on the Cathedral, and “Gothic Resilience,” an exhibition of Cathedral photographs by Colin Winterbottom. Exhibits are open daily and are free of charge.

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee.

website: http://www.nationalcathedral.org/


Visit Newseum

NewseumNewseum

The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum features 15 theaters and 14 galleries. Wikipedia

Established: 1997
Hours: 9:00 am–5:00 pm Daily
Address: 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 292-6100
Architect: James Polshek
Founders: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Annenberg Foundation

Newseum mapFind out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience Washington, D.C. has to offer. Each of the seven levels in this magnificent building is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the family in the Newseum’s 15 theaters and 15 galleries.

Admission:
Purchase a ticket and the next day’s visit is free!
- Adults, 19 to 64: $21.95 + tax
- Seniors, 65 and older, military and students: $17.95 + tax
- Youth, 7 to 18: $12.95 + tax
- Children, 6 and younger: Free
- Family Pack: 2 adults and 2 youth, $59.95 + tax
Prices subject to change without notice.

The Newseum is located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House and just one block from the National Mall. Take Metro to Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter (Green Line and Yellow Line ) or Judiciary Square (Red Line).
Need parking? Check out Parking Panda for real time space availability and rates right by the Newseum.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Newseum’s 15 major galleries and 15 theaters will immerse you in the world’s greatest news stories. Here are highlights of 10 of the top Newseum artifacts and exhibits we recommend for your “must-see” list.
1. Berlin Wall Gallery – CONCOURSE LEVEL – Features eight 12-foot-high concrete sections of the original wall, the largest unaltered display of the wall outside of Germany.
2. 9/11 Gallery sponsored by Comcast – LEVEL 4 – Explores the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the challenges journalists faced chronicling an attack on America.
3. Watergate Door – LEVEL 5 – The News History Gallery features the taped door that led to Richard Nixon’s resignation.
4. Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery – LEVEL 1 – Features the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled.
5. I-Witness: A 4-D Time Travel Adventure – LEVEL 1 – A 3-D film with fourth-dimension special effects that recreates some of the most dramatic events in journalism history.
6. The Unabomber’s Cabin – CONCOURSE LEVEL – Ted Kaczynski’s cabin is one of 200 artifacts featured in “G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI’s First Century.”
7. Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery – LEVEL 3 – An interactive multimedia timeline traces the evolution of broadcast and digital news.
8. NBC News Interactive Newsroom – LEVEL 2 – The Interactive Newsroom gives visitors a chance to play the role of a reporter or photographer.
9. The Knight Studios – LEVEL 3 – The Knight Studio and Knight Studio on Pennsylvania Avenue have hosted numerous local and national broadcast.
10. Greenspun Family Terrace – LEVEL 6 – This terrace offers a panoramic view of one of the most famous streets in the United States.

website: http://www.newseum.org/