Best Washington DC Hidden Gem Attractions

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Best Washington DC Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • LisandroVoyager
    Washington DC, DC768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancy afternoon tea service nicely presented and smoothly served for our monthly luncheon club for seniors. Sandwiches, scones and sweets were delicious and there was a good choice of teas presented to each of us. The service was unhurried and attentive.
    Written April 30, 2024
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  • Penny A
    Chapel Hill, NC11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a 'must see' building, equal to any cathedral in Europe. There are 2 well-stocked gift shops as well as a cafeteria. I counted over 40 Christmas trees before I stopped counting. There is the most-beautiful mosaic art throughout the Basilica, the chapels and the ceiling. Each individual shrine is well-documented in 2 languages, and fascinating. The crypt-area is as large as the main church and there was a service being held in it as well. It was uncrowded and there were guided tours available for free. The people working in the Basilica were helpful and very friendly. if you are interested in art and/or architecture, or seeing the building for its religious significance, I highly recommend a visit. I was there for hours.
    Written January 1, 2024
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  • lmr1
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located across the street from Union Station, this was a good place to spend time between hotel checkout and train schedule. Union Station has a baggage storage area where you can leave your suitcase (for a fee). I think kids would enjoy this. And, if you’re into baseball, there’s exhibits about that, which was unexpected. Helpful note: there’s a phone charging kiosk near the escalator to the basement exhibits.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • AnnieBay26
    Guilford, CT4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This gem of an exhibition includes many of Bonnard's paintings organized by genre: interiors, landscapes, and images of Marthe in the bathtub. There are echoes of Matisse and Van Gogh, and for bonus, Renoir's "The Boating Party" is on display. A lively discussion ensued when we were there as to the intended focus of the painting. I engaged several of the guards, who were thoughtful and articulate ( I always love to talk to museum guards...). The museum is easy to navigate; if you are an American Alliance of Museum member ( AAM) admission is free. But even if you are not, this small and lovely museum is wonderful. Not to miss. Gift shop is also full of great Bonnard themed gifts....
    Written April 27, 2024
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  • James F
    Cranbury, NJ235 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Someone snuck in a little fun for those who are able to spot it. In many ways, this museum is like any other art museum: illustrations and sculpture and other art forms displayed with little plaques to explain to the visitor what you're looking at. But look again at those plaques. Whoever wrote them had some fun. They are filled with artistic references: Spirited Away (a Japanese anime movie), A Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne anyone?), Snow Light, Snow Bright (snow in the painting remind anyone of stars?), Fan Fiction (art based on the styles and subject matter of prior artists), Private Zen (I'm no James Patterson fan, but even I can see the reference), etc, etc. These little jolts make the exhibit more interesting and, for me, stir thought processes about the works being described. Give the author a raise. Oh. And did I mention that this museum has grown and is now vast? Spend half an hour on a piece of it or all day wandering through the building. You won't be able to see it all.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • DCMANYC
    New York City, NY111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative tour and good use of audio/visual effects. Nicely told story. Could do without so much of the questions - “what do you think?” Etc that is in vogue in interpretive tourism today. Visitor center was well sized and a good complement. Highly recommend!
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • William T
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park is so huge and we only had a couple of hours. Will definitely have to go back during the different growing seasons!
    Written March 18, 2024
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  • Daniel P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite gardens. A great place to listen to the birds, view the flowers, and contemplate a post WWII future. The mansion holds memories of 1944 and the birth of the United Nations as well as an art collection started by the original owners. A great destination.
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • MrMrsHappyR
    Liverpool, UK1,427 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit if a walk from The Lincoln Memorial but still worth it if you are inspired by Science and this statue is a fitting tribute to the great man. If you get your photo taken with him, you can send it on social media via the tag #PhotoswithAlbert
    Written September 10, 2023
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  • Mike G
    374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently renovated and reopened this place should certainly be a on your list to see. Lots of women’s art from numerous eras provide a comprehensive view of what female artists have contributed. Of particular interest is the second floor devoted to contemporary sculpture.
    Written December 24, 2023
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  • Jay
    Phoenix, AZ152 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views from the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion were fantastic! It was easy to get to and easy to get up. It's a great way to see the DC Metro Area in all its glory. If you happen to be in the area, it is a quick visit and I'd recommend it doing if you have a free 30 minutes to spare.
    Written May 8, 2024
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  • Karin K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting "off the beaten path" tour. Evening Prohibition and Wine Cellar tour was excellent. Our guide was very well informed and clearly had a passion for history. We learned about the times, the home and the neighborhood.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • kzrae23
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun food hall!! There’s so much variety to choose from, and it has such a fun atmosphere! Definitely worth a stop in if you’re in the NoMa area of DC!
    Written February 5, 2024
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  • PurpleAnkh
    Fort Washington, MD269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to see a specific exhibit highlighting crafts and sewing. I got to visit the various state rooms and learn cool history facts. I love old buildings and furnishings so getting to see rooms sponsored by different states and what the room looked like at specific times in history was very interesting. Also enjoyed visiting the library but mainly because the architecture of the building was interesting to me. Staff were very nice and helpful when asked.
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • Wayne
    Tokoroa, New Zealand312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This park is a fantastic tribute. Set in a peaceful park, well set out. Sad to see how many names have had to have been added. A must visit
    Written November 4, 2023
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