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MEETINGS
DC Not as Stuffy as Some Think
Much to do and see while at JSM
Lily Trofimovich, General Dynamics Information Technology
Museums
Anacostia Community Museum
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (free admission)
Arts and Industries Building (free admission)
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art (free admission)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden (free admission)
National Air and Space Museum (free admission)
National Building Museum
National Museum of African Art (free admission)
National Museum of American
History (free admission)
Elephant with metro map outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
National Museum of the American
Library, Washington, DC
Indian (free admission)
National Museum of Natural History (free admission)
W
hen you attend the 2009 Joint Statistical National Museum of Women in the Arts
Meeting s, you will be visiting one of the greatest
National Portrait Gallery
cities in the world. I am excited to share with you
why I love Washington, DC, as it is an amazing place with
National Postal Museum
much to see and do.
S. Dillon Ripley Center (free admission)
Washington, DC, is the capital of the United States, with
the federal government and tourism dominating its culture.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Many think everyone in Washington, DC, is a lobbyist or a Smithsonian Institution Building
bureaucrat. While lawyers and politicians do come here to
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
work on Capitol Hill, Washington is more than a government
(National Zoo, free admission)
town. It attracts highly educated people who want to work for
recognized colleges, high-tech and biotech companies, nation-
The National Gallery of Art (free admission)
al and international nonprofit associations, and corporate law
firms. Because the nation’s capital is a big tourist attraction,
hospitality and entertainment are big businesses here as well.
Neighborhoods
Washington is a great place to visit, whether for the lovely Georgetown, founded in 1751, is located in the northwest
neoclassical buildings, first-rate restaurants and performing quadrant of Washington, along the Potomac River waterfront.
arts venues, elegant homes, or vibrant neighborhoods. Many The city of Georgetown predated the District of Columbia
of the world-class museums are free, including the museums and retained its separate municipal status until 1871, when it
of the Smithsonian Institution, and the city’s close proximity was assimilated into the city of Washington.
to the Potomac River and Rock Creek Park offer easy access to Today, the primary streets of Georgetown are M Street and
green space and recreational activities. Following are some of Wisconsin Avenue, which contain high-end shops, bars, and
the must-see neighborhoods and places to visit. restaurants. Georgetown is home to Georgetown University
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