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3 Days of Arts & Culture in Washington, DC
Sample DC's thriving arts and culture scene – from bookworm adventures in Thomas Jefferson's library to live performances and much more – with this itinerary
Day 1: Get the Lay of the Land
Start the afternoon off at the National Gallery of Art for two museums in one. The West Building features more classical paintings and sculpture, including works from Da Vinci, Money and Van Gogh; the newly reopened East Building hosts the gallery's extensive modern art collection. Next, explore the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, rare books, manuscripts and works of art at Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill. Then take part in gallery talks and turn the pages of books from Jefferson’s library at the Library of Congress.
Day 2: Hidden Gems
Start your morning at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Upper Northwest, the grand estate of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Take a docent-led tour of dazzling collections of Russian Imperial artifacts and French decorative art. Take a turn through 13 acres of formal gardens and stop for lunch in the café.
Make your way to The Kreeger Museum, a hidden gem tucked away on Foxhall Road among mansions near the Embassy of France. Surrounded by beautiful grounds, the former residence houses a stunning personal art collection, including works by Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Miro and Calder.
Day 3: Fresh Food, Modern Art & a Show
Hit the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market just west of Dupont Circle for organic fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, bread and even gelato. Samples are deliciously tempting – pick up a pint of creamy, dreamy chocolate milk from Clear Springs Creamery.
Just a few steps away is The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, featuring a permanent collection from revered artists such as Renoir and Rothko, Bonnard and O'Keeffe, van Gogh and Diebenkorn.
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