Free day in DC

May 28th, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Free day in DC

I'm attending wedding in Fairfax this weekend but have all day Friday to mess around in DC. I'm arriving in IAD around 6 am on a red-eye. I plan to take SuperShuttle to hotel and then taxi to nearest orange-line metro station which I think is Vienna (I guess I could take Rosslyn bus from IAD then metro then cab but it seems too much trouble).

I'm a big Impressionism art person. I was in DC in January and did the Phillips and walked around the Dupont circle area. I'm considering this time maybe the Smithsonian and Renwick Gallery with another stop at either the National Gallery or the Corcoran. Any thoughts or something this time of year I shouldn't miss in DC?
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May 29th, 2012, 05:05 AM
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Here's a link the the Washington Post's Going Out Guide for the Editor's Picks for current museum exhibits in D.C. and the surrounding area. Perhaps you can find something that interests you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/se...fier_Date.html
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May 29th, 2012, 01:32 PM
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If you like the Impressionists, you must put the National Gallery at the top of your list, it has many excellent and famous paintings in that style that you shouldn't miss. Note that "the Smithsonian" is a term that can cover all the museums along the mall and then some; go to this web site and browse around to see which of them might interest you most.
http://www.si.edu/Museums
Be sure to click on the Exhibitions link, too, for specifics.

If I were you, I'd spend the day on the Mall, checking out the museums and maybe walking to some of the monuments if weather and energy permit. Have fun!
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May 29th, 2012, 08:20 PM
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Thanks! I'd meant to say that I've somewhat recently been to the National Gallery but it's been much much longer since the monuments or mall and Smithsonian museums ...
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May 30th, 2012, 04:55 AM
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Renwick is a lovely gem.
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May 30th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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Hi, Joe, well, in that case, you know how great the National Gallery is! It's one of my personal favorites.

Have you seen the MLK Jr. Memorial and the WWII Memorial? If the weather is OK and you like a nice long walk, those are definitely worth checking out. But you can never go wrong with any of the Smithsonian museums... have you seen the Museum of the American Indian?
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May 30th, 2012, 07:23 AM
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There are some great pieces from the Impressionist period at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum in Penn Quarter. You could combine that with a trip to the Renwick & the Corcoran.
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May 30th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Oh, thanks for the tips. I had wanted to explore the PQ area anyway, as I've heard how nice that area is now.
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May 30th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Sounds great. I'm thinking Corcoran first, then Renwick, then walking across White House to end at Smithsonian American. A busy but fun day!
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Jun 1st, 2012, 04:55 PM
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Update:

Did Renwick, walked to White House, then Smithsonian American and National Portrait Gallery. Had a yummy early dinner at Proof. Wanted to explore more of Penn Quarter but it was pouring and I came unprepared ...

Thanks for all the tips.
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Jun 2nd, 2012, 03:18 AM
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I see your day is already over but for next time you are in D.C.: my husband and I really enjoyed a visit to the National Building Museum at Judiciary Square. You have to pay for the exhibits but can take free tours of the building and explore the imposing main hall for free. It is an amazing building.
http://www.nbm.org/
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