DC’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue presents over 220 world-caliber events, sports games, concerts, and shows per year. The Verizon Center is home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NHL’s Washington Capitals, and Georgetown Hoyas Men’s Basketball team. Upcoming events and concerts at Verizon Center include the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships, 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars, 50th Annual Washington International Horse Show, The Who, Monster Jam, Freestyle Motocross and the Harlem Globetrotters.Visit www.mcicenter.com/.
The Phillips Collection.
Located in Dupont Circle, The Phillips Collection is America's first museum of modern art, opened in 1921. The outstanding collection includes Renoir's masterpiece Luncheon of the Boating Party, as well as Impressionist paintings by van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cézanne. The comfortable galleries are an intimate setting for great works by Braque, Picasso, Matisse, and Klee. D.C.'s most treasured museum also celebrates American artists like Homer, Eakins, Ryder, O'Keeffe, Marin, and Dove, as well as mid-century masters such as Mark Rothko. Phillips After 5 features live jazz, gallery talks, inspiring modern art, and a cash bar for a memorable evening on the first Thursday of every month at 5pm. Visit www.phillipscollection.org.
Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A memorial to the millions murdered during the Holocaust, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum is a national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. Adjacent to the National Mall, this powerful museum inspires people to confront hatred, prevent genocide, promote human dignity, and reflect upon the moral and spiritual inquiries raised by the Holocaust. The Museum’s authentic exhibits and inspiring tributes have taught millions about the dangers of prejudice and genocide. The Museum broadens public understanding of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs, exhibitions, art, artifacts and annual Days of Remembrance. Visit www.ushmm.org. [Top]
Washington Convention Center.
With over 2.3 million sq. ft., the Washington Convention Center is the quintessential meeting and event facility in Downtown Washington, DC. The WCC features 703,000 sq. ft. of prime exhibit space and 150,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space topped by an elegant ballroom for 3,000 people with views of the D.C. skyline. Acclaimed for it award-winning architecture and design, the Washington Convention Center offers state-of-the-art technology and telecommunications, several restaurants such as Wolfgang Puck's, and the largest art collection of any convention center in the country. Visit www.dcconvention.com.
Iwo Jima Memorial.
Standing next to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, the US Marine Corps War Memorial is a tribute to the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps who have perished in combat. Sculpted by Felix de Weldon from the Pulitzer-winning photograph, the majestic sculpture depicts the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in 1945. While the statue illustrates the most celebrated victory of WW II, the memorial is dedicated to all the Marines who lost their lives in defense of this country since 1775 and lists the Marine’s major battles since the American Revolution. The memorial offers spectacular views of the US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument. Visit www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/usmc.htm. [Top]
Smithsonian Institution Museums.
The greatest museum and research complex on the planet, the Smithsonian Institution is comprised 19 museums, art galleries, and research centers with over143.5 million artworks, objects, artifacts and specimens. Smithsonian Institution Museums display treasures of history, dynamic art of today, and scientific insights. Experience the history, culture and humanity of our world at celebrated museums, such as Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of Natural History, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Air and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of the American Indian, National Zoological Park, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Visit www.si.edu.
Museum of Natural History.
Discovery the natural world through remarkable collections, fascinating exhibitions and cutting-edge research at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Opened in 1910 on the National Mal, the green-domed museum was one of first Smithsonian buildings to house the national collections and research facilities. Through enlightening exhibitions, the museum displays over 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts, including 400,000 photographs. Discover our Mammalian ancestors and primate diversity around the world. Examine ancient life and meet the dinosaurs. Experience the history and culture of Africa. Enjoy the beauty of rare gemstones and colored diamonds. The NMNH is as one of the world’s top repositories of scientific and cultural heritage. Visit www.mnh.si.edu/. [Top]
National Gallery of Art.
Created in 1937 by Congress, National Gallery of Art features an impressive collection of paintings and sculpture. One of Washington, DC’s most outstanding cultural landmarks, the National Gallery presents a significant collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, decorative arts and architecture - spanning from the 13th century to contemporary times. From historic portraits to avant-garde art, the Gallery displays one of the most inspiring collections of art in the world. Located on the National Mall, the Gallery’s sculpture garden provides an informal, elegant outdoor setting for modern and contemporary sculpture. Visit www.nga.gov.
Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum features the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world, and is a vital research center into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary and terrestrial discovery. This National Mall museum displays hundreds of extraordinary artifacts, including the Wright 1903 Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock that you can touch. At the National Air and Space Museum at Washington Dulles International Airport you can see the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, and Space Shuttle Enterprise. Visit www.si.edu. [Top]
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden displays international modern and contemporary art, punctuated by an impressive collection of leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Hirshhorn presents a vast spectrum of art, including painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, installation, digital and video art, and mixed-media. A major platform for acclaimed and emerging artists of our time, the museum offers exciting exhibitions, collections, and experiences that inspire you to feel the transformative power of modern (late-19th century to mid-20th century) and contemporary (1970s to now) art. Wander three floors of gallery space, the Sculpture Garden and the Plaza. Visit http://hirshhorn.si.edu.
Corcoran Gallery of Art.
One of America's oldest and liveliest art institutions, The Corcoran is internationally acclaimed for its collection of historical and contemporary American art, European painting, sculpture, photography, media and decorative arts. A must see is the Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power exhibit of over 250 photographs from the 1950s through the artist’s death in 2004. The Corcoran College of Art + Design offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program, Associate of Fine Arts degree program, Master of Arts degree programs in Interior Design and History of Decorative Arts, continuing education, and art classes for children and teens. Visit www.corcoran.org. [Top]
National Portrait Gallery.
The National Portrait Gallery displays historic portraits of the generations of extraordinary Americans who influenced our culture and country. great Leaders such as George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr., activists such as Rosa Parks, artists like George Gershwin, and pop icons such as Babe Ruth and Kathryn Hepburn are celebrated through life-like visual and performing art. The only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, the Gallery’s "America's Presidents" exhibition presents American history through the leaders who shaped it. The National Portrait Gallery shares one of Washington's oldest National Historic Landmarks and the nation's finest example of Greek-Revival architecture. Visit www.npg.si.edu/.
International Spy Museum.
Learn about the history, craft and contemporary role of world espionage at the International Spy Museum. The Spy Museum's exhibition presents the art of espionage through stories of spies and their secret missions, tools and techniques. Exhibits feature the largest collection of international espionage artifacts, historic photographs, audio/visual presentations, interactive displays and state-of-the-art special effects that uncover the strategies behind history’s most covert espionage missions. Visit www.spymuseum.org. [Top]