Places to Visit

Exhibitions at the Smithsonian

By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose






Cherry blossoms peak 9 April 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 17, Noon to 3 pm, along Constitution Avenue (7th to 17th Streets, N.W., Washington, DC)

Art, Science, and lectures around town:

USGS Public Lecture on February 28:  Is “The Impossible” Possible in the Pacific Northwest?  Coastal community tsunami hazards and risk.

In April:  Time and Navigation, an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.



Science Cafe: The Science of Microbes at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC.  February 27.

Virgil Wong, Alchemy. Pulse: Art and Medicine at Strathmore

Mansion at Strathmore:  Pulse: Art and Medicine (through April 13, 2013)

National Air and Space Museum:  Moving Beyond Earth exhibit.

Meridian International Center Exhibition of materials from the World’s Largest Silk Museum (February 1 – April 14, 2013).  Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Fashion


National Academy of Sciences is celebrating 150 years of service to the nation with an exhibit



Hirshhorn MuseumAi Weiwei Exhibit



Charles Marville: Photographer of Image: Charles Marville, Hotel de la Marine, c. 1870, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund, 2006.23.1Paris




Photo: Steinmetz Desert Desert Air:  Photographs by George Steinmetz
at the National Geographic Museum  (ENDED)

While on campus, be sure to join some of your colleagues at the campus beer hour every Friday beginning at 5:30 pm.  It’s a good way to make friends and find out what’s cooking around town.  Speaking of cooking, be sure to join the campus lunch club as well; an opportune time to share ideas, make friends, and break bread together! When you need to burn off some of those calories, join our DTM soccer/football group! The DTM Dynamos vs the GL Pistons match is always an exciting event! Go to the Login link on the Main Menu of our DTM home page and click on Recreation to find out how you join the soccer mailing list.

If you love nature, then definitely look into visiting Carnegie’s Vannevar Bush Retreat at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland (call DTM’s admin group for reservation login information).  This retreat was a gracious gift of a former Carnegie President to Carnegie employees.

The D.C. area if full of fun places to visit.  The Smithsonian Institution is one example.  It consists of more than 20 different museums, most of which are free.  One favorite is the Air and Space Museum.  Other favorites are the National Gallery of Art and American Museum of Natural History.  If you are not into museums, how about walking around Georgetown, or hanging out in Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. Hop on the metro and check out the Eastern Market, located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, or take a hike in Rock Creek Park.

For the Performing Arts, visit the Kennedy Center, which overlooks the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.  Another such venue is Strathmore Hall, a new center for the Performing Arts, located nearby in Maryland (take the Red Line to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station). You can also enjoy live music at the 9:30 Club on 815 V Street, N.W.  For an outdoor venue, try Wolf Trap, America’s National Park for the Performing Arts.  For a weekly listing of events around town, click here.

If you love classical music, click on this link for information on the National Gallery of Art’s 70th Season of FREE Concerts (2011-2012).

Check out this 100 Free (and almost free) things to do in DC link

Ever had your picture taken with a twice-life-size Albert Einstein?  Seen the telescope used by America’s first woman astronomer?  Visited the spot where atomic fission was first demonstrated in the United States?  (OK, that one was easy!)

Physicist Paul Halpern has put together an interesting “circuit tour” of significant sites in the history of physics in Washington, DC.  The tour starts on the Mall and includes places like the Smithsonian, National Academy of Sciences, GWU, Georgetown, and Carnegie, finally ending up at the AIP American Center for Physics (metro-accessible) in College Park.  Biographical sketches are interspersed throughout.

A copy of his guidebook is available in BBR’s Reading Room. (Unfortunately, it isn’t available online.)  Happy walking! (Courtesy BBR librarian Shaun Hardy)

Susana Mysen graciously has provided the following links for places to visit outside DC:

Day trips and weekend getaways near Washington, DC

Eastern Shore guide

More weekend outings

Things to do/Maryland attractions

Eastern Shore destinations

Upcoming Eastern Shore events Rehobeth Beach Chocolate Festival!!!???

Interactive map of the Eastern Shore

US Fish and Wildlife (NE Region) for nature activities:




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