Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:08:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Washington DC Metro Track Work Information for April 21-22, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:06:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4257 Metro Train

Washington, DC Metro track work information is available to help visitors and riders plan ahead for weekend travel changes. Metro is investing in the reconstruction of its Metrorail system, and track work is expected on most weekends. Weekly updates are provided to inform travelers which lines are affected. This is a weekly press release provided by Metro. Service changes continue through closing on Sunday night.

Weekend service changes, according to Metro:

“Highlights

  • Orange, Silver and Blue line trains operate regular weekend intervals
  • No Yellow Line train service
  • Red Line trains operate every 28 minutes
  • Green Line trains operate every 15 minutes

Weeknight service adjustments

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Red Line
Trains every 28 minutes

Single tracking between Farragut North and Union Station to allow for communication cable installation.

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Orange Line 
Regular service

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Silver Line 
Regular weekend intervals, Wiehle-Reston East to New Carrollton

Silver Line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals between Wiehle-Reston East and New Carrollton.Customers traveling to/from Benning Rd, Capitol Heights, Addison Rd, Morgan Blvd and Largo Town Center should use Blue Line trains.

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Blue Line 
Regular weekend intervals

Single tracking between Addison Road and Morgan Boulevard to allow for rail fastener, stud and grout pad renewal.

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Yellow Line 
No Yellow Line train service

Free shuttle buses will operate between Huntington, Eisenhower Avenue and King Street. Please allow 15 minutes of travel time for each station stop

Train service at stations north of King Street provided by Blue and Green line trains.

Work performed:
Yellow Line bridge inspection, exhaust fan inspection, switch fastener and stud renewal.

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Green Line 
Trains every 15 minutes

Single tracking between Southern Avenue and Naylor Road to allow for rail, fastener and stud renewal.

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For more information:

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit wmata.com. Metro riders can access Metro’s mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].”

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, visit wmata.com. 

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* Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

To see this full press release click here.

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President Lincoln’s Cottage Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Ten Months of Special Exhibits, Deals for Visitors http://thedistrict.com/president-lincolns-cottage-celebrates-10th-anniversary-ten-months-special-exhibits-deals-visitors/ http://thedistrict.com/president-lincolns-cottage-celebrates-10th-anniversary-ten-months-special-exhibits-deals-visitors/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:47:28 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8083 President Lincoln's Cottage

This February 19th marks ten years that President Lincoln’s Cottage, an award-winning historic site, has been open to the public. To celebrate a decade of ground-breaking programs that shed new light on the past and provide opportunities to take action today, President Lincoln’s Cottage will roll out a series of special opportunities for visitors tied to themes of empathy, equality, justice, and freedom.

When President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in 2008, it immediately established a reputation as a unique and innovative model for historic sites. In just a decade, President Lincoln’s Cottage has served approximately 275,000 visitors from across the nation and around the world. Through innovative guided tours, award-winning exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

From February to November 2018, President Lincoln’s Cottage will exhibit a series of artifacts rarely displayed from its own collection as well as items on loan from public and private collections. February’s “Freedom Documents” -miniature copies of both the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and the final Emancipation Proclamation, a broadside of the Proclamation, and an etching of the Thirteenth Amendment- will be on loan for six months. Starting in March, a same-edition collection of books Lincoln had in his library will be on display for one month. In April 2018, President Lincoln’s Cottage will display a sherry glass President Lincoln purportedly used during his last visit to the Soldiers’ Home in 1865. Future month’s exhibits will be announced at a later date.

In addition, for ten months starting in February, President Lincoln’s Cottage will feature $10 discounted admission on ten separate days, starting with the Cottage’s exact 10-year anniversary: Monday, February 19th, President’s Day. Additional special offers will be announced monthly throughout the year.

Over the past ten years, President Lincoln’s Cottage has transformed from an unknown relic of history shrouded from the public, to a vibrant gem at the forefront of great cultural institutions in Washington, D.C. It has received numerous awards and honors for its preservation, interpretation, and education programming nearly every year since opening, including a Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Programming for Students Opposing Slavery (October 2016), various American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards, the American Alliance of Museum’s EdCom Award for Excellence in Programming (2016), Washingtonian Magazine’s  50 “Great Places to Work” list (2017) and “Best Museum Off the Mall”by the City Paper’s Best of DC 2017 Readers’ Poll (2017).

The Cottage and 2.3 surrounding acres were declared a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, and after an eight-year restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public in 2008. In January 2016 President Lincoln’s Cottage became an independent 501(c)3. President Lincoln’s Cottage is a National Monument, National Historic Landmark, and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but receives no federal operating support.

For up-to-date details regarding special 10-year anniversary programming and events, visit www.lincolncottage.org/10-year-anniversary or follow along on social media: @LincolnsCottage with #10yearsofPLC and #Celebrating10Years.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Exhibits Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-exhibits-emancipation-proclamation-13th-amendment/ http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-exhibits-emancipation-proclamation-13th-amendment/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:52:57 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8081 National Museum of African American History and Culture

Original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment are on display in the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition on Concourse One of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The documents share exhibition space with a restored slave cabin used in the early 1800s to house enslaved families on a plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. The Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment are on a long-term loan to the museum by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, Smithsonian Regent and co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group.

The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are among the most important documents in the history of the United States. With the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Abraham Lincoln to take effect Jan. 1, 1863, the aim of the Civil War evolved to include the liberation of enslaved African Americans in 10 rebellious states. The 13th Amendment, which passed Dec. 6, 1865, made slavery illegal in the United States.

“These two original documents show a nation in transition: they mark a powerful shift in America’s relation to the millions of enslaved blacks who had been bought and sold and considered property,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Showcasing the documents in the museum helps to illuminate an often overlooked story of how the enslaved, through self-emancipation and other resistance methods, forced the federal government to create policies that led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.”

“Slavery in America often destroyed enslaved families and communities, and yet African Americans survived it with their humanity intact,” Bunch added. “Their stories have shaped the American story and remind us of the enduring power of the human spirit. We are grateful to David Rubenstein—his generosity and his vision—for making these documents available to the museum and to the millions of visitors who will see them. The nation is honored by what he has done.”

Emancipation Proclamation

On Sept. 22, 1862, Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Under his wartime authority as Commander-in-Chief, he ordered that, as of Jan. 1, 1863, all enslaved individuals in all areas still in rebellion against the United States “henceforward shall be free.” African Americans could also enlist in the armed forces. The proclamation was limited in scope but revolutionary in impact. The war to preserve the Union also became a war to end slavery.

Lincoln considered the Emancipation Proclamation to be the crowning achievement of his time in office. “I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper,” he declared. “If my name ever goes into history it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it.”

The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment completed what free and enslaved African Americans, abolitionists and the Emancipation Proclamation set in motion. On Dec. 6, 1865, the U.S. government abolished slavery by amending the Constitution to state: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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For more information on this museum, visit our National Museum of African American History and Culture page.

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George Washington’s Mansion to be Temporarily Closed for Scheduled Restoration, January 22 through February 4 http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/ http://thedistrict.com/george-washingtons-mansion-temporarily-closed-scheduled-restoration-january-22-february-4/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:25:02 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8053 mount vernon estate and gardens

Mount Vernon will Remain Open – Tickets are 50% Off January 22-February 4

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the private non-profit organization that owns and operates George Washington’s Mount Vernon, will close the Mansion from January 22 through February 4 for scheduled annual preservation work. During the Mansion’s closure, the estate will remain open to guests and offer a 50-percent discount on admission tickets available at the gate or online at www.mountvernon.org/ticketing.

During the Mansion’s closure, the preservation staff will transform the Central Passage’s appearance by applying a fresh coat of paint. The color of this space will change to better reflect its appearance in 1799, as informed by recent microscopic paint analysis.  At the same time, Mount Vernon’s archaeology staff will conduct excavations in the Mansion cellar to learn more about the architectural evolution of the building.  The curatorial and collections teams will perform in-depth cleaning, research, and evaluation of the Mansion’s historic furnishings.

As a private non-profit organization, Mount Vernon relies on ticket sales and donations to operate the 50-acre estate of George Washington. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association does not accept funding from federal, state, or local government sources.  The Association is the oldest national historic preservation organization in the country. It is directed by a Board of Regents, comprised solely of women, who represent nearly 30 states.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Visit National Parks for Free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018 http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/ http://thedistrict.com/visit-national-parks-free-martin-luther-king-jr-day-monday-january-15-2018/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:00:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8051 The following is from the National Park Service:

“This Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. It’s also a fee-free day in all of America’s more than 400 national parks.

So if you have the day off on Monday, why not spend it in a national park near you? Discover a new adventure at FindYourPark.com. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the beauty, history, and heritage of our nation.

Dr. King believed in the promise of America. He dedicated his life to creating freedom and opportunity for all. You can celebrate his legacy at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, reflect on the power of his words by visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., or honor those who progressed the civil rights movement at sites like Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail.

Wherever your plans take you, we hope you can reflect on what freedom and equality mean to you as you experience the national parks.

Your support for the National Park Foundation helps care for all of America’s national parks. They are yours to enjoy and appreciate. So this Monday, bring a friend and bring your curiosity, because the parks are fee-free!”

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Crusade in “City of Hope” Exhibition http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/ http://thedistrict.com/national-museum-african-american-history-culture-commemorates-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-king-jr-s-final-crusade-city-hope-exhibition/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:49:22 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8044 Features Never-Before-Seen Images From Photographers Roland Freeman, Jill Freedman, Robert Houston, Laura Jones, Clara Watkins and Ernest Withers

City of HopeThe Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.

It also features wooden tent panels, lapel buttons, placards and murals created by and used by some of the nearly 8,000 people who occupied the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for nearly six weeks to call the nation’s attention to the crippling effects of poverty for minorities, children and the elderly.

The museum’s exhibition is housed in its gallery at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as a partner to the exhibition, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” which explores the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise from the nation’s formation to today.

Launching its celebration of King’s birthday, the museum today, Jan. 9, hosted a media briefing and guided tours of the new exhibition bringing in people who played key roles in building and documenting Resurrection City.

“With new and recently discovered film and audio footage, images and objects, this exhibition provides a rare look inside the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and commemorates the legacy of Dr. King’s final campaign for economic justice,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “This exhibition reminds us that despite the unprecedented economic growth in America over the past five decades, there are still many Americans living below the poverty line. Although the Poor People’s Campaign did not achieve its goal of eradicating poverty, it spawned a multiethnic and multiracial movement for economic fairness whose belief in helping America live up to its ideals still inspires to this day. The stories of those who sacrificed so much are found in ‘City of Hope: Resurrection City & the Poor People’s Campaign.’”

Original sound recordings of musical performances and conversations among campaign participants have been provided by the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The recordings, along with never-seen film produced by the Hearst Corp., show how people lived during the six-week occupation at Resurrection City. Among the film highlights is footage of people traveling in a caravan of mule-drawn wagons from Marks, Miss., to Memphis, Tenn., for King’s memorial service and then on to Washington to participate in the Poor People’s Campaign.

For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu/city-hope.

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Mount Vernon Unveils New 4-D Film and Renovated Theater http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/ http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernon-unveils-new-4-d-film-renovated-theater/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 02:32:21 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=8039 mount vernon estate and gardens

New Movie and Technology Provides Guests with a Front Row Seat to the Revolutionary War’s Key Battles

George Washington’s Mount Vernon has reopened its Revolutionary War Theater, marking the completion of the $2 million renovation of the 4-D theater and creation of a new feature film. The theater, which first opened in 2006, is one of the estate’s most popular attractions. The new movie will place guests in the midst of the American Revolution through powerful 4-D special effects and 9.2 channel state-of-the-art surround sound system. Mount Vernon has enhanced the theater’s machinery to provide an immersive experience through falling snow, wind, wafting fog, and seats that rumble.

“Our Revolutionary War 4D Theater has connected with millions of Mount Vernon visitors over the past ten years, but through time and constant use it had grown tired,” said Rob Shenk, senior vice of visitor engagement. “With every new audience we need to rise to the challenge and provide them with an experience that will exceed their ever-growing media expectations.”

The new theater features a brand new wide aspect ratio screen and a 4k resolution projection of the new movie.  Many of the pre-existing 4D features have been enhanced to create an even more gripping experience.  The new 9.2 channel surround sound audio system will make it seem like artillery shells are flying overhead while visitor seats vibrate and rumble with the explosions.

The new 17-minute film focuses on Washington’s leadership and the pivotal campaigns that secured American independence. Produced by Wide Awake Films exclusively for Mount Vernon, the updated movie includes gripping live action sequences and cutting-edge animation designed to appeal to today’s audiences.  The new two-minute pre-show, also improved, will provide more background information on the events leading to the Revolution. Martha Washington and William Lee, George Washington’s enslaved valet, also appear in the new production, offering a more historically accurate presentation of the war.

More than 100 reenactors took part in the filming at locations throughout Virginia, including Fuqua Farms, Richmond; Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria; Wellbourne House, Middleburg; Goose Creek Bridge; and George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

The theater’s 105 seat infrastructure underwent major updates to complement the improved visual presentation.

The Revolutionary War Theater is included with general admission to Mount Vernon. For more information about the film, visit mountvernon.org/revolutionarywartheater.

This new presentation is generously sponsored by the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation. Mount Vernon partnered with the New Orleans’ Solomon Group and Kansas City’s Wide Awake Films to create this new 4-D experience.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Mount Vernon’s Blue Room Reopens October 7, 2017 http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernons-blue-room-reopens-october-7-2017/ http://thedistrict.com/mount-vernons-blue-room-reopens-october-7-2017/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:33:07 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7940 mount vernon estate and gardens

The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion will reopen October 7, marking the completion of a major seven-month restoration. Guided by new research and investigation, this bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a striking blue-printed cotton.

As the first room at the head of the stairs on the second floor, the Blue Room introduces modern-day visitors to the richly-furnished interiors experienced by the Washingtons’ guests. Its architecture and furnishings represent more than forty-years of personal and cultural change experienced by the Washingtons, and the furnishings in particular highlight Mrs. Washington’s influence in the home.

“The Blue Room provides us with a vibrant new look at the Washingtons,” said Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon’s Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. “It speaks to George Washington’s fascination with the technological advances of the day, and brings to the forefront Mrs. Washington’s importance in the development of Mount Vernon through the furnishings that she influenced. The ongoing research of the Historic Preservation and Collections staff shows that we still have so much to learn about the house and its inhabitants.”

In the 18th century, rooms were often named after the color of their textiles, and “Blue Rooms” figured prominently in upper-class homes on both sides of the Atlantic. The Mount Vernon room was mentioned by this name in a 1796 memo from George Washington’s farm manager, as well as in both Washingtons’ highly descriptive probate inventories, from 1800 and 1802.

Over the past seven months, Mount Vernon’s experts have restored the room’s existing architecture, finishes on the woodwork and walls, and furnishings with the goal of giving Mount Vernon’s one million annual visitors a complete view of the interior as it looked in Washington’s day.

Research and investigation by Mount Vernon’s architecture team uncovered the story of the room’s evolution from 1734 to today.  Beginning as a garret room with sloping ceilings, the space was expanded in 1758 to the full-height room it is today. Within the north wall, the team identified a now-closed doorway, which led to a porch on the roof of an addition to the Mansion that stood from 1758 to 1776.

Further discoveries helped restore the fireplace to its 1799 appearance. The fireplace mantel had been removed from the Blue Room in the early 1980s, when it was suspected to be a 19th-century addition. Paint analysis confirmed the mantel to be the one that was installed in 1776. The team also found both physical and documentary evidence that Washington had upgraded to a more-efficient Rumford fireplace after the Presidency. This previously missing architectural feature was rebuilt.

New paint analysis also revealed the woodwork in the room was cream-colored in the 1790s, rather than the blue seen from the 1980s to early 2017. Further research indicated that wallpaper adorned the walls during the 1790s, complementing the room’s blue textiles. A reproduction wallpaper replicates a floral pattern from the premier French firm of Jacquemart et Bénard. It is similar to what the Washingtons and other elite Americans were purchasing in the period, and it was hung using traditional methods.

Although none of the room’s original furnishings have survived, Mount Vernon’s curatorial team carefully combed the Washingtons’ purchase records and probate inventories to understand how the furnishings for the Blue Room would have appeared in 1799. The focal point of the room is a four-post bedstead draped in a cotton fabric printed in indigo blue with life-like pairs of ducks and roosters amid bold swags of blossoms and fruit.  Mount Vernon was fortunate to acquire six English period mahogany chairs to represent the six listed on the probate inventory.

For a limited time, visitors will also have the chance to see in the room a rare 18th-century print with a Washington family history, newly-restored and on loan from the Mary Washington House in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Nymphs Bathing, a classically-inspired landscape scene, is a remarkable example of early color-printing technologies. Washington hung a color print of Nymphs Bathing in the Blue Room in 1797, along with three additional fine prints he had recently acquired in Philadelphia. Reproductions of the landscape prints owned by the Washingtons will also be on view.

The Connoisseur Society of George Washington’s Mount Vernon sponsored the Blue Room restoration. Scott and Lynn Molitor, Jacqueline B. Mars, and more than 600 additional contributors from across the country also supported this project. The set of six English chairs was purchased with funds provided by the Christine and Jaime Yordán Foundation.

Please visit mountvernon.org/blueroom for additional details.

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For more information on Mount Vernon, visit our Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens page.

To purchase general admission tickets to Mount Vernon online, click here.

To view hotels near Mount Vernon, click here.

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Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Reopen October 14th with Weekend Celebration http://thedistrict.com/smithsonians-freer-and-sackler-reopen-october-14th-with-weekend-celebration/ http://thedistrict.com/smithsonians-freer-and-sackler-reopen-october-14th-with-weekend-celebration/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:11:04 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=7886 Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery in Washington, DC

The Freer Gallery of Art is undergoing renovations and upgrades to its galleries and infrastructure and has been closed for the past year. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery also temporarily closes its doors starting Monday, July 10, to allow for reinstallation of the exhibition galleries and to refresh elements of the facility in order to improve the museumgoer’s experience.

The exhibition “Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan” will remain open to the public through Oct. 29 in the International Gallery. It is accessible through the S. Dillion Ripley Center, located on Jefferson Drive.

The Freer and Sackler galleries will reopen Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 with a weekend of events and activities for all ages.

Details on renovations and updates on the Freer|Sackler reopening can be found at at asia.si.edu/future/.

Administrative offices will remain open while the museums are closed to the public and the library and archives will remain open for research. Although the library will continue standard operating hours, scheduled appointments are recommended. The archives will maintain existing operating hours and will be accessible by appointment only.

About the Freer and Sackler Galleries
The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., together comprise the nation’s museum of Asian art. It contains one of the most important collections of Asian art in the world, featuring more than 40,000 objects ranging in time from the Neolithic to the present day, with especially fine groupings of Islamic art, Chinese jades, bronzes and paintings and the art of the ancient Near East. The galleries also contain important masterworks from Japan, ancient Egypt, South and Southeast Asia and Korea, as well as the Freer’s noted collection of works by American artist James McNeill Whistler.

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US Capitol Police Information for the Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks in Washington DC http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-for-the-fourth-of-july-concert-and-fireworks-in-washington-dc/ http://thedistrict.com/us-park-police-information-for-the-fourth-of-july-concert-and-fireworks-in-washington-dc/#comments Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:59:46 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4060 The US Capitol Police have issued the following press release to help visitors to the National Mall for the Fourth of July events in Washington D.C.:

Updated June 28, 2017

A Capitol Fourth Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

Concert and Rehearsal Times

“On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the annual “A Capitol Fourth” Concert, celebrating America’s Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m.  

There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Gates will open to the public on Monday at 3 p.m.  

Both events are open to the public and no tickets are required.

Public and Accessible Entrances, Parking, and Travel Tips

All public entrances are wheelchair accessible.  Mobility impaired guests and their parties will be accommodated at any public entrance.  Limited parking on a first come, first serve basis will be available to mobility-impaired guests and their parties along the south curb of Constitution Avenue between First and Third Streets, NW.

Public entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol are as follows:

  • North (Senate) Side of Capitol Square: Third Street, NW, and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South (House) Side of Capitol Square:  Third Street, SW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited.  Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. Please visit www.wmata.com to help plan your trip.

Prohibited Items, Security Measures, and Inclement Weather

The U.S. Capitol Police and concert event staff closely monitor weather conditions. Any changes to the schedule of events based on adverse weather conditions will be announced to the general public. If an evacuation is necessitated by inclement weather, please follow U.S. Capitol Police direction.

Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance.  Anyone attending events on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site.  This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers.

For this event, food items and lawn/beach chairs that sit low to the ground are permitted.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own supply of water.  Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are strictly prohibited.

In addition to any other items at the discretion of security screeners, the following items are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Animals (other than service animals)
  • Bicycles
  • Firearms and Ammunitions (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including Fireworks)
  • Knives, Blades or Sharp Objects (of any length)
  • Laser Pointers, Signs, Posters
  • Mace, Pepper Spray, Sticks, Poles
  • Electric Stun Guns
  • Martial Arts Weapons or devices
  • Umbrellas larger 36” in diameter (those smaller than 36” will be allowed)
  • Pocket or Hand Tools such as a “Leatherman”
  • Sealed Packages, Large boxes, Duffle bags, Suitcases
  • Drones, Model rockets, Remote or Manually-controlled Model Gliders, Model Airplanes or Unmanned Aircrafts, Model Boats and/or Cars, and other unmanned ground or aircraft systems

Tour Bus Rerouting

Tour buses will be rerouted from First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW, and Independence Avenue, SW, to Third Street, between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW, for passenger drop-off and pick-up on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3.  Tour buses will drop-off passengers on Washington and Independence Avenues, SW, or Louisiana Avenue and First Street, NW, on Tuesday, July 4.

Street Closures and Parking Restrictions

Temporary street closures and parking restrictions will take effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 2 through Wednesday, July 5 at 4 a.m.

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Maryland Avenue, SW, between First Street to Third Street
  • Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between First Street to Third Street
  • The area between Peace Circle and Garfield Circle will remain closed until 4 a.m. on July 6.

From Wednesday, June 28 through Saturday, July 1, the traffic pattern on First Street, NW/SW between Garfield Circle and Peace Circle will be impacted. Two southbound lanes will be open but they will be coned on the white line dividing them and allowing two-lane traffic – one lane northbound and one lane southbound. The two northbound lanes will be closed.

For additional information about the July 4th Concert, please visit www.pbs.org. If there are questions about this event, please contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.”

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For more information on the Fourth of July in Washington DC, Visit our A Capitol Fourth – 4th of July events page.

To view this press release, click here.

 

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