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international spy museum in Washington DCInternational Spy Museum

Spy Museum exhibits in Washington DCThe only public museum of its kind in the United States, the International Spy Museum offers visitors an insider’s view into the history of spying and espionage. A large collection of artifacts is on display that showcases tools, gadgets, equipment, weapons and many other items that real-life spies have used through the ages. Even cooler is that some of these have never been seen by the public before. You’ll learn the history of the spy industry, enjoy interactive spy exhibits and see an array of historic photographs of captured spies, spy tools in use and more.

The Capital Grille

Just steps away from the White House, the Capital Grille offers diners amazing views of the city and the chance to enjoy a quick break from sightseeing. The restaurant’s delicious lunch menu includes crisp salads, steaks, seafood and appetizers.

national geographic museum in Washington DCNational Geographic Museum

Browse through a variety of changing exhibits and take part in interactive experiences at this unique DC museum. The striking photography that National Geographic is famous for comes to life in numerous displays. Must-see areas include the work of staff explorers, photographers and scientists.

Albert Einstein Memorial

A short distance from the White House situated in a quiet elm and holly grove, this moving tribute to Albert Einstein has become more and more well-known over the years. A bronze figure of the renowned scientist is seated on a three-step bench made of white granite. Standing 12 feet high, Einstein’s likeness holds a paper of mathematical equations in his left hand, symbolizing his most important scientific contributions.

Gallery of Art

The Smithsonian Institution’s museum of Asian art, the Freer Gallery is home to more than 26,000 objects that span over 6,000 years of history. Here you’ll have the opportunity to view pieces from the Neolithic to the Modern Era. Among the collections are ancient Egyptian stone sculptures and wooden objects, Chinese paintings and ceramics, Korean pottery and porcelain, Persian manuscripts and Buddhist sculpture.

lafayette park in Washington DCLafayette Square

Lafayette Square with White House in the backgroundLocated just north of the White House, Lafayette Square is a seven-acre park that was originally a part of the White House (then called the Executive Mansion). Deemed the President’s Park, the square was separated from the White House grounds when President Jefferson had Pennsylvania Avenue cut through. During its existence, this peaceful square has played many roles, including being used as a racetrack, a graveyard, a zoo, an encampment for soldiers and the site for many political events, celebrations and protests.


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