Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press
555 Pennsylvania Ave., Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
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.
Spy Seminar Series
International Spy Museum
800 F St., Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
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.
The Evolving Universe
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue Northeast
Washington D.C., 20013
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.
Women to Watch
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20005
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.
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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
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.
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