As a Philadelphian, we associate two things with Washington, DC: the President of the United States of America, and our division rival, the Washington Redskins. In doing so, it’s easy to overlook the fact that our nation’s capital is also home to over thirty museums, countless art galleries, historic houses, and many national monuments.
With so many options to choose from in Washington, DC, it may be difficult to narrow down the list for your next trip to the capital. We’ve outlined a few suggestions to consider if you plan on traveling in February:
- The Tudor Place is a historic museum and garden set on nearly six acres of land with a legacy that dates all the way back to America’s first president, George Washington. The elegant estate which overlooks Georgetown and the Potomac River is set to reopen to the public on February 1st for tea hours and guided tours of vintage European and American decorative arts, textiles, and furnishings. Throughout the month of February, the Tudor Place is offering two-for-one tours for you and your date.
- The National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, and is the largest of the Smithsonian’s nineteen museums. This February, it will be hosting two lecture series that delve into the roles of astronauts as astronomers (Feb. 8), and later in the month, gives a tour that explores the multi-wavelength universe (Feb. 22). After the lectures, guests are invited to stargaze at the Phoebe Waterman Haas Observatory.
- The National Building Museum is housed in the former Pension Building, which is known for its spectacular interior columns. The museum is home to many notable architecture, design, and engineering exhibits. In February, it will be offering a special two-for-one deal for you and the architecture enthusiast in your life. The latest exhibit, entitled “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940-1990” documents the industrial and economic transformation of Los Angeles into five major categories: car culture, urban networks, engines of innovation, community magnets, and residential fabric.
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