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Outside it looks like just another office building in D.C., inside however it is a grand beauty. What was a former Masonic Grand Lodge, the National Museum of Women in the Arts ha...

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Greatest Museum Gift Shop 1/17/2006

The Decatur House, located at the northwest corner of Lafayette Square, offers guests two attractions -- a tour of an 18th century mansion and a visit to the fanciest museum git shop in the city. The mansion is a lot like the other historic sites you'll find in the city (with the exception that you can rent it for special events), but the gift shop really stands out here. It's more like an art gallery store than a gift shop, really. Here you can find the entire collection of White House Christmas ornaments as well as other finery, including silver. more

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An Amusing Look into High Society 1/17/2006

After you've tried all the museums and tours, you wonder what there is left to see in the city. The Hillwood Mansion, tucked away near Rock Creek Park in Northwest DC, is a welcome treat for those who think they've seen it all. Formerly the home of Post Cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the mansion and surrounding gardens offer a look into what high society was like in the 1950s and 60s. She amassed a large french and russian antiques collection, so you'll see paintings and personal affects formerly owned by Peter the Great and Marie Antoinette. You need to call ahead to arrange a tour. more

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finally, fine art! 10/17/2005

Outside it looks like just another office building in D.C., inside however it is a grand beauty. What was a former Masonic Grand Lodge, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has crystal chandeliers and a grand staircase. Encompassing four stories of art and sculpture, I recommend using the elevator to go straight to the top of the building and just working your way down. My favorites are in the middle levels. On the second floor there is a balcony with the temporary exhibits. I like the diversity and the talent projected and the way that it is presented to the viewer. On the third floor there is the permanent collections. Celebrating women artists from the 16th century to the present, there are some real beauty trapped in the canvases. The museum is home to works from such women as Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo. There are self guided tours and while there is no admission charged to the Museum, there is a donation request. Usually the donation is around $3 for an adult and $2 for children and students. It is located a little out of the way in downtown, and is hard to get to. I believe it is worth it to give kudos to the fine women that have graced our senses with these paintings. Pros: good history for the empowerment of women Cons: very underfunded it seems more
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