On Saturday June 15th and Sunday June 16th, due to the filming of a new miniseries that takes place in downtown Washington, DC, stop 16, the Newseum and National Gallery of Art and stop 17, the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum will be closed all day. There will also be rolling street closures taking place throughout the downtown area. Please expect delays and reroutes throughout the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience. These activities are beyond our control.
What many folks don’t know about George Mason, they can learn while visiting his memorial right next to the Jefferson Memorial. Known for his authorship of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason’s work and beliefs were a major influence into the writing of the United States Bill of Rights. He earned the nickname, the reluctant statesman, after refusing to sign the United States Constitution because it did not abolish slavery.
The George Mason Memorial pays homage to his contributions to our country and features a bronze statue of Mason sitting on a bench surrounded by trees, flowers and a pretty fountain.