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  Gardens to Visit
  Art Exhibits


There is always so much to see and do in Washington, DC that it is hard to keep up with it all.  Here is a guide of what is:

Things to do

Ice Skating in the
National Gallery Sculpture Garden
7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Open Mid-November through March 9
Sculpture Garden Ice-Skating Rink Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Ice Skate in a rink with views of modern art. Admission $7 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and children 12 and under. Skate rental $3. On the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW (The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, and 7th and 9th Streets NW) View a map of the Sculpture Garden. Call (202) 289-3360 for more information.

Lucky Strike Lanes
701 Seventh St. NW, Chinatown

Bowling is just the beginning at these new, stat-of-the-art lanes in Chinatown. Also happenin': a sports bar, billiards, and an extensive dinner menu and cocktail list. Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Fri.- Sat. 11 a.m.- 3 a.m., (202) 347-1021, Metro: Chinatown (Red, Yellow, Green)

Washington Capitals Hockey
Verizon Center
601 F St. NW

D.C.'s team faces other NHL clubs. Game times vary. Ticket $10-$230; charge at (202)397-7328.

Off the Pages of Godey's: A Guide to the Domestic Sciences
Fort Ward
4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA

Permanent exhibit about the Civil War defense of Washington. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday noon to 5. Phone number 703-838-4848.

Georgetown Flea Market
Sundays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Upper Georgetown, West side of Wisconsin Ave. at S St. NW

A parking lot holds the city's longest-running flea market. Best bets: antique silver, repro French posters, furniture, rugs and vintage clothing. No entrance fee.

The Market Festival Arts and Craft Fair at Eastern Market
Every Saturday from 10am- 5pm
See next section for more location information. No entrance fee.

The Flea Market at Eastern Market
Every Sunday from 10am-5pm
Easter Market (Blue and Orange Metro line)
Address: 7St and North Carolina Ave, SE
No entrance fee.

Built in 1873 and designed by architect Adolf Cluss, Eastern Market is the last of Washington's 19th century markets to remain in continuous operation. It is easily accessible by Metro and adjacent to numerous restaurants and shops in the picturesque Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Such as: Courage—The Civil War in Washington,
A Stroll Through WWII, A Stroll Through Architecture in DC

Bad Olde Days Tours begin and end in downtown Washington Lasts about 90 minutes Runs every third Saturday of the month, through November at 11:00am. Reservations recommended, call 301-588-9255 Costs: $10 Adults, $5 children

National Historic Park
1057 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Georgetown

Boat rides: Wednesday through Fridays; 11:00 and 3:00 Saturday and Sunday; 11:00, 1:30 & 3:00 Costs: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors and $5 Children Info: 202-653-5190

Capitol Sites Tour, Sites @ Nite Tour, Monuments Tour, Blossoms by Bike Tour, etc.
Prices vary by tour
Call: 202-842-BIKE for more information.

Library of Congress
Mary Pickford Theater

The Library of Congress has public viewings of movies from the National Film Registry.
All Programs are free, but seating is limited to 60 seats. The Mary Pickford Theater is located on the third floor of the Library of Congress Madison building. Check out what is showing while you’re in town at Library of Congress - Pickford Theater

Museums in the City

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
Hillwood Museum and Gardens
National Gallery of Art
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Textile Museum
National Air & Space Museum
National Museum of Natural History
National Zoo
U.S. National Arboretum

National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian features many events including films, performances, special music programs and tours, talks and lectures. To learn about current exhibitions and featured events go to NMAI.SI.EDU

Gardens to Visit

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
1703 32nd St NW Entrance is on R St at 31st St.

Open Tuesday through Sunday

Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors

Hotline: 202-339-6401

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens were designed by the noted landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand which incorporates elements of the traditional French, English, and Italian gardens.

Hillwood (the home of Marjorie Merriweather Post)
4155 Linnean Ave., NW

Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm
Admission: Adults $12 and Children $5
Reservations required, call 202-686-5807

Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardens

Independence Ave and Seventh Ave., SW
Entrance on Jefferson Dr and the Mall


Open daily from 7:30 to dusk

Free guided tours Monday through Saturday at 12:15pm

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Constitution Ave and Ninth St., NW


Monday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm

Sunday 11am - 6pm

Free Admission

Art Exhibits

National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian features many events including films, performances, special music programs and tours, talks and lectures. To learn about current exhibitions and featured events go to NMAI.SI.EDU

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden free Programs for Adults
view complete list of current Programs
Friday Gallery Talks
Explore the Hirshhorn galleries with featured artists, staff members, and special guests. This program is introduced and organized each week by artist and curatorial research associate Ryan Hill. Meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Information Desk.

Meet the Artist
All programs are free and take place in Ring Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis, so plan to arrive early. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 6:30 pm; advance ticketing starts at 6:15 pm. One ticket per person. Meet the Artist talks are available for download as free Podcasts.

Independent and Documentary Films
The Hirshhorn brings contemporary filmmaking from around the world. Offerings of new media arts, cinematic work, artists’ films, and documentaries provide a wide range of uncommon fare for discerning cinephiles and casual movie fans alike.
Seating is available on a first-come basis. Programs are unrated but may contain adult content. Films are free.

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