Best New Attractions In Washington D.C.
Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has refurbished it's
impressive Gem Hall, now called the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of
Geology- Gems and Minerals. Besides the home of the famous Hope Diamond,
the Gem Hall contains educational displays on geology and Earth science.
Visitors can learn about plate tectonics, volcanology and the importance
of mining. Another new addition is the Whole Earth Theater, a
multi-media presentation on Earth science.
The Newseum is one of the newest
attractions in the Washington area, and it will soon be one of the most
popular. If you've ever wondered how a news story is put together, the
Newseum is for you. It provides a behind the scenes perspective on
journalism through high tech displays and fun interactive stations.
Visitors can try their hand at being a TV anchor, sportscaster or field
reporter among other professions in the field of journalism. A very
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial is one of Washington's newest
memorials. The only memorial dedicated to a 20th century president, the
FDR Memorial is comprised of huge slabs of red granite that form an
outdoor gallery. Inscribed on these tablets are some of Roosevelt's
inspiring quotes like " We have nothing to fear but fear
itself" . Inside the "rooms" , there are
waterfalls and reflecting pools. Ten bronze sculptures depicting the
President and scenes from his four terms also adorn the gallery.
MCI Center, the new home for the Washington Wizards, Capitals and
Mystic, is a family-oriented sports entertainment complex. Tours
are available to see the locker rooms and arena floor, but that's not
even half the fun. Located inside the MCI Center is the MCI National
Sports Gallery, where visitors can see a huge collection of sports
memorabilia or play numerous interactive sports games like
"Virtual Reality Basketball", in which visitors can play
basketball against NBA superstars. Also inside the MCI Center is the
Discovery Channel: Destination DC super-store, with three levels of
activities and shopping.
National Cemetery is alive this summer with the addition of a new
memorial. Arlington added the Women in Military Service for America
Memorial in October 1997, honoring women who have defended America
throughout history. This memorial includes a 196-seat theater and
computer terminals where visitors can access photos, biographies and
anecdotes of servicewomen. All this is in addition to the numerous
other sites in Arlington like the Kennedy gravesites and the Iwo Jima
welcome addition to the Smithsonian family of Gallery and Museums, the
National Postal Museum is one of the newest Museums in Washington.
Located inside the former city post office, the National Postal museum
chronicles the history of America's postal service. Exhibits include
three mailplanes suspended from the atrium, a stagecoach and the largest
stamp collection in the world. The gallery dedicated to the Pony Express
is interesting and visitors have lots of fun at the interactive video
screens that allow you to put your image on a postcard.