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Best Museum Exhibits To See This Fall In DC

September 17, 2012 6:00 AM

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Horned Deer with Folded Legs, Two-sided; Gold; Zhalauli (Kegen district, Almaty region), 7th-6th C. BCE; H x W x D: 3.5 x 4.9 x 1.15 cm; Central State Museum, Almaty: KP 22030/10; Photo: © The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty.

Horned Deer with Folded Legs, Two-sided; Gold; Zhalauli (Kegen district, Almaty region), 7th-6th C. BCE; H x W x D: 3.5 x 4.9 x 1.15 cm; Central State Museum, Almaty: KP 22030/10; Photo: © The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty.

Museums introduce visitors to other cultures, teach about the history of the world and just generally delight. The best exhibits this fall promise to teach and enlighten with everything from politics to natural history. Whether it’s your own boredom or the kids, slip out this season to learn a little something extra on the side.
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Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press
Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Ave., Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 639-7386
newseum.org

Price: $21.95 adults/$17.95 seniors/$12.95 youth ( 7 to 18)/Free Children 6 and younger

If you can’t get enough of the election and all the drama and headlines that go along with it, here’s a chance to get an inside look at the history of how the press goes head to head with presidential candidates. See how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved over the years — from William McKinley to Barak Obama. Enjoy campaign artifacts on display that include a microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, handwritten notes from John F. Kennedy during a presidential debate and a quilt signed by reporters who traveled with John McCain during his 2000 presidential campaign.

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Spy Seminar Series
International Spy Museum
800 F St., Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 633-3030
spymuseum.org/

Price: $19.95 adults/$15.95 seniors/$14.95 youth (7 to 17)/free children 6 and younger

If  you’re fascinated with the secretive world of spies and enjoy all of the latest technology in spy movies, the Spy Seminar Series brings in experts and former intelligence personnel who provide insight on some of the most innovative uses of technology for intelligence purposes. Watch technology revealed. This series features topics that seem to come right out of spy novels, from Soviet submarines to stealth planes.

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The Evolving Universe
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northeast
Washington D.C., 20013
(202) 633-1000
mnh.si.edu/

Price: free

Travel from present-day earth back to the beginning of the universe. See how the stars, galaxies and universe are born and undergo a life-cycle — just like beings on earth — from birth to maturity to death. High-resolution photos taken by terresterial and orbiting telescopes capture the breathtaking beauty of the galaxy. See how it all started with “The Evolving Universe.” This exhibit lets patrons go from earth to the farthest reaches or explore how it all came to be by examining the big bang and the timeline of space.

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Women to Watch
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 783-5000
nmwa.org/

Price: $10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 students/free youth 18 and younger

Coming in November, the “Women to Watch” exhibit is the third installment of this biennial series. The exhibit features up-and-coming, and underrepresented artists from states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Come see work by artists who could be from your own backyard.

Related: Best Women’s History Museums In D.C.

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Horned Deer with Folded Legs, Two-sided; Gold; Zhalauli (Kegen district, Almaty region), 7th-6th C. BCE; H x W x D: 3.5 x 4.9 x 1.15 cm; Central State Museum, Almaty: KP 22030/10; Photo: © The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty.

Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan
Freer Sackler, The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art
1050 Independence Ave. Southwest
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
(202) 633-1000
asia.si.edu/

Price: free

Challenge what you think you know about nomads. Recent excavations by scientists provide an insightful look into the nomadic culture of ancient Kazakhstan. View early stone petroglyphs used to mark important locations, bronze offering stands and other excavated items that provide context about Kazakhstan’s place within the broader ancient world. See some of the most significant archeological discoveries in the region in the last 15 years right here in D.C.

Related: Best Art Museums In D.C.

Kevin Porter is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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