Hitting the Highlights

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Hitting the Highlights

Nowhere else can you see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both displayed at the National Archives. Touch a moon rock beneath the Spirit of St. Louis at the National Air and Space Museum. The masterpieces of Monet and Botticelli at the National Gallery of Art are must-sees, as are Thomas Jefferson's desk and Dorothy's ruby slippers at the National Museum of American History.

For modern art, it's tough to beat the constantly changing Hirshhorn Museum, where an Alexander Calder mobile might hover over a multimedia installation by today's hottest talent. For intimately grouped masterpieces, head to the Phillips Collection. Lovers of architecture and design shouldn't miss a pilgrimage to the National Building Museum. Media junkies will be captivated by the high-tech Newseum.

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