A living cultural memorial to our 35th president, this arts venue hosts ballet, music, theatre, jazz and music performances on a regular basis, including those of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. If you can't make it to a show, free hour-long guided tours of the Hall of States, Hall of Nations, theaters and art displays are available every 10 minutes. Try to make the 4:30 p.m. tour. It is followed by a free daily performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. Then take the elevator to the Kennedy Center's Roof Terrace Restaurant for a sunset views of the Potomac River. Though it's a 10 minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, a complimentary Kennedy Center shuttle is available at the Metro Station exit.
Lovers of Scandinavian design unite! The House of Sweden, which houses the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, joins several other international organizations nearby like the International Monetary Fund, Department of State and the World Bank. The building's minimalist, glass exterior symbolizes transparency and democracy, but has also won Sweden's prestigious Kasper Salin Architecture Award. Rotating exhibitions include art displays, readings and short plays, but with panoramic views of the river, Kennedy Center, Air Force Memorial and Watergate Complex, you may be perfectly content taking a quiet rest on the rooftop terrace.
This is where a scandalous break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters eventually forced President Richard M. Nixon to resign. From the outside, it's hard to believe this is where it all happened, with its unassuming – yet imposing – curvy designs by famed Italian architect Luigi Moretti. A six-building complex that includes a hotel, apartments and offices, the Watergate is Moretti's only U.S. work. When completed in 1971, it was an experiment in urban planning – a “city within a city.” The Watergate Hotel is being restored to its former, luxurious glory, but only time will tell when it will reopen. In the meantime, snap a picture on the grounds in homage to the hometown reporters - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - who made history by breaking the Watergate scandal and defining modern investigative journalism.
The Department of Interior wants you to know how it manages and sustains America's lands, wildlife and energy resources. That is why 1,500 handicrafts and artifacts from insular U.S. territories are available for your viewing pleasure at the Interior Museum. Reservations are required for a free, hour-long murals tour in the C Street lobby. You'll learn about the art and architecture that made this building a “symbol of a new day” during the Great Depression, with works by Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon and Allan Houser
Lisner's stage on the George Washington University campus has a storied history, particularly pre-Kennedy Center. It was here that on October 29, 1946, protesters lined up outside on opening night of the Broadway-bound Joan of Lorraine with Ingrid Bergman. Bergman publicly announced her disgust that African-Americans had been denied admission to the show, and through a series of community protests that followed, Lisner reversed its policy of segregating audiences. The theater remains one of the city's most important cultural venues by hosting artists, authors and events such as an annual Flamenco Festival, which attracts widespread coverage by Spanish media.