The D.C. area if full of fun places to visit. The Smithsonian Institution is one example. It consists of more than 20 different museums, most of which are free. One favorite is the Air and Space Museum. Other favorites are the National Gallery of Art and American Museum of Natural History. If you are not into museums, how about walking around Georgetown, or hanging out in Dupont Circle or Adams Morgan. Hop on the metro and check out the Eastern Market, located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, or take a hike in Rock Creek Park.
For the Performing Arts, visit the Kennedy Center, which overlooks the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Another such venue is Strathmore Hall, a new center for the Performing Arts, located nearby in Maryland (take the Red Line to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station). You can also enjoy live music at the 9:30 Club on 815 V Street, N.W. For an outdoor venue, try Wolf Trap, America’s National Park for the Performing Arts. For a weekly listing of events around town, click here.
Physicist Paul Halpern has put together an interesting “circuit tour” of significant sites in the history of physics in Washington, DC. The tour starts on the Mall and includes places like the Smithsonian, National Academy of Sciences, GWU, Georgetown, and Carnegie, finally ending up at the AIP American Center for Physics (metro-accessible) in College Park. Biographical sketches are interspersed throughout.
A copy of his guidebook is available in BBR’s Reading Room. Happy walking! (Courtesy BBR librarian Shaun Hardy)
While on campus, be sure to join some of your colleagues at the campus beer hour every Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. It’s a good way to make friends and find out what’s cooking around town. Speaking of cooking, be sure to join the campus lunch club as well; an opportune time to share ideas, make friends, and break bread together! When you need to burn off some of those calories, join our DTM soccer/football group! The DTM Dynamos vs the GL Pistons match is always an exciting event!
If you love nature, then definitely look into visiting Carnegie’s Vannevar Bush Retreat at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland (call DTM’s admin group for reservation login information). This retreat was a gracious gift of a former Carnegie President to Carnegie employees.
Art, Science, and lectures around town:
Check out the exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.
Koshland Science Museum, 525 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC.