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Staycation: The Smithsonian

June 24, 2011

Okay, it might be cheating to lump the entire Smithsonian into one staycation post but summer is short and DC is packed with things to do — there’s no time to waste!

Vacations are expensive and staycations are a great way to save money, especially when you’re visiting free museums. The classic choice is the National Gallery of Art.

Not only does the National Gallery have some of the world’s best art — and the only painting by da Vinci in the Americas — but it offers free films and lectures, an awesome gift shop for buying souvenirs for others (or jewelry for yourself) and a delicious gelato bar in the basement.

Looking for a taste of Europe in DC? You can always walk around the Castle,

but I’d rather duck into one of the quieter Freer and Sackler galleries — tucked away off the Mall — for some of Asia’s best arts and crafts. No matter how crazy Washington gets in the summer, these galleries remain peaceful.

Prefer American art to Asian? Walk a few blocks up the street to the National Museum of American Art.

There’s so much hidden in small rooms and tiny alcoves that you could spend an entire staycation just in the American Art Museum and not see it all!

If architecture and design are your thing, the National Building Museum may be right up your alley.

I love the huge open spaces in this museum.

Yes, museums are great during staycations but I think next week, I’ll take this staycation outside… 😀

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    June 24, 2011 9:44 am

    I performed at the National Building Museum once in high school, senior year. It was a really neat experience. 🙂 The architecture is beautiful!

  2. June 24, 2011 2:49 pm

    I use to live in Richmond and I loved going to the Smithsonian! So many great things to do in DC!

    • June 24, 2011 9:26 pm

      So much free stuff, too, which is awesome. A day trip to Richmond has been on my radar for a while — it’s been years since I was there!

  3. June 25, 2011 8:28 am

    I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never been there. I’ll have to get around to it though because it looks just beautiful!

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