Museum Week 2016 in DC: 3 Great Exhibits

If there’s one thing D.C. is known for besides being the center of the U.S. government, it’s the many museums that attract millions of visitors each year. The Smithsonian Institution alone has over 14 museums in the D.C. area, and there are several other independent art museums and galleries to suit many different interests.

To celebrate the awesome museums of our nation’s capital, Museum Week DC will run from May 23 to May 29. Here are three of our favorite events taking place at the District’s museums next week:

Three Centuries of American Prints at the National Gallery of Art

At this exhibit, a collection of over 150 prints will be displayed to show how America and its population have been depicted over the last 300 years. The prints date from 1710 through 2010 and include works from famous American artists like Jackson Pollock and James Whistler. You can check out the exhibition all week at the National Gallery of Art, which is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.

WONDER at the Renwick Gallery

The newly renovated Renwick Gallery opened to the public in November of 2015 after two years of improvements. To celebrate the re-opening, contemporary American artists were assigned specific galleries of the building and tasked with creating an on-site art installation from unexpected materials like marbles, wood strips, and index cards. The nine different installations collectively turn the museum into one massive work of art. You can see WONDER until July 10 during the museum’s operating hours between 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Meet an F-4 Pilot at the International Spy Museum

On Friday, May 27 between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Marine pilot Mark A. Hewitt will be at the Spy Museum Store signing copies of his books. Hewitt also served as Director of Maintenance in the Border Patrol and Air Force and has been a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His books are espionage thrillers involving terrorists, the CIA and his fictional pilot hero Duncan Hunter.

Planning to be in D.C. or the vicinity during Museum Week? The best choice for accommodations is the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir. With a free shuttle to the Huntington Metro stop, easy access to Route 1 and great amenities like free Wi-Fi, at the Holiday Inn you’ll unwind in comfort after a long day of taking in all of D.C.’s excellent museums.

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