A Local's Museum Tour



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This trip is designed to give you a chance to view some museums that aren't on the normal tourist beat. In addition, it is designed to give you an idea of what a DC resident might do on a long weekend spent exploring DC. Both days are meant to be conducted at a leisurely pace. Day 2, in Alexandria, is less about museums and more focused on shopping and seeing local artists in action. With the exception of the trip to Wolf Trap, the entire trip can be conducted on the Metro and via foot.

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Day 1 - Washington, Vienna


Start your day off at the Phillips Collections, a smaller collection of art located just off DuPont Circle. After your visit, head southeast toward Chinatown, stopping at the National Building Museum en route. Take a nice long walk down to Matchbox for lunch, then head to the National Portrait Gallery, which is located right down the street, also in Chinatown. Hop in a cab to the Corcoran Gallery, and if you still have time and energy, head to Adams Morgan and find a place to sit outside and enjoy an early evening drink (weather dependent). But don’t wait too long, because if you want to go to Pasta Mia, you need to be in line before it opens. This delicious and inexpensive restaurant opens at 5:30 – so try to get there by 5 to make sure you are one of the first ones seated. Alternatively, check out the schedule for Wolf Trap, an outdoor amphitheatre. If there is something that interests you, pick up sandwiches for a picnic and head out to Wolf Trap (car required) for an evening of music. If you eat at Pasta Mia, stick around and experience the nightlife or Adams Morgan.


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Hotel Madera

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Location:

1310 New Hampshire Ave Nw
Between N and O sts
20036 Washington, US

Contact:

tel: +1 202 296-7600
fax: 202/293-2476


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Phillips Collection

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Location:

1600 21st St. NW
At Q St
Washington, DC 20440

Contact:

tel: +1 202 387 2151
fax: +1 202 387 2436


3

National Building Museum

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Location:

401 F Street Northwest
(between 4th & 5th streets)
Washington, DC 20001

Contact:

tel: +1 202 272 2448
fax: +1 202 272 2564


4

Matchbox

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Location:

713 H Street North West (Seventh and H Street)
Washington, DC 20055

Contact:

tel: 1 202 289 4441
fax: 1 202 289 1947


5

National Portrait Gallery

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Location:

8th & F Sts NW
Washington, DC 20560

Contact:

tel: +1 202 275 1738
fax: +1 202 275 1887


6

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Location:

500 17th St. NW
Between E St. and New York Ave
Washington, DC 20240

Contact:

tel: +1 202 639 1700
fax: +1 202 639 1785


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Adams-Morgan

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Location:

18th Street Northwest & Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: +1 202 789 7000 (Tourist Information)
fax: +1 202 789 7037 (Tourist Information)


8

Pasta Mia

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Location:

1790 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

Contact:

tel: 1 202 328 9114


9

Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts

Location:

1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182-1643

Contact:

tel: 301-663-9330


Day 2 - Washington, Alexandria


Day 2 begins at the Newseum, followed by a Yellow Line Metro ride to Alexandria (King St. Station). Take your time walking toward the water, and enjoy a lunch at Restaurant Eve. For a post-lunch cup of coffee, stop by Grape and Bean, one of the premier local coffee spots for a delicious cup of artisanal coffee (located at 118 South Royal Street). Then head to the Torpedo Factory Art Center and spend afternoon watching artists make and sell their art. Head back into the District and have dinner at either PS 7’s or Zaytinya in the Chinatown area. After dinner, head to Mackey’s for a pint or two (Red Line to Farragut North). Alternatively, if the weather is nice, head to Trio’s Fox and Hounds (Red Line to DuPont Circle) for a drink on the patio.


1

Newseum

Location:

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
At 6th St
Washington, DC 20565

Contact:

tel: +1 888 639 7386


4

Torpedo Factory Art Center

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Location:

105 North Union St
Alexandria
Alexandria, VA 22320

Contact:

tel: +1 703 838 4565


5

PS7's

Location:

777 I Street, NW
At 8th St
Washington, DC 20055

Contact:

tel: 1 202 742 8550
fax: 1 202 789 7889


6

Zaytinya

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Location:

701 9th St NW
At G St
Washington, DC 20073

Contact:

tel: 1 202 638 0800
fax: 1 202 638 6969


7

Mackey's Public House

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Location:

1823 L Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: 202 331 7667


8

Trio's Fox & Hounds

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Location:

1537 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

Contact:

tel: +1 202 232 6307


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