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Arts & Museums
The Laurel Museum is set in a restored 19th-century mill worker's residence. Spread across 2590 square feet (240.62 square meters), it opened its doors in 1996. The property was bought by the city after years of neglect and was converted into a museum documenting the town's history. Get a glimpse of this Prince George's County metropolitan’s metamorphosis from 1870 to the present age through artifacts, photographs, books, tools and textiles. There is also a gift shop inside the facility. It is now run by the Laurel Historical Society.
Montpelier Arts Center serves as an incubating center for talented artists. The center is a venue for many performances, and they also host classes and seminars on regular basis.
This museum opened to the public in December 1993. Since then, thousands of visitors have flocked here to get a glimpse of the government's ability to protect the nation's secrets and uncover those of our enemies. At the National Cryptologic Museum, visitors learn about crucial moments in this history of American cryptology and national defense, including a rare look at the secret world of Native American 'code talkers' and the equipment that protected U.S. communications during World War II. Admission is free.
Bowie City, a small railroad stop of yesteryear, was originally christened Huntington City. The station, which was the focus of the town, was named after Governor Oden Bowie. Presently a museum, this venue houses an interesting collection of edifices. You will find restored railroad buildings like the waiting shed for passengers, the interlocking tower, the freight building, and the Norfolk and Western caboose from the '20s. Get a glimpse of railroad history in a unique setting.
The African Art Museum of Maryland has been providing the Baltimore area with access to fascinating African art and history since 1980. Besides its permanent collection, the museum also offers workshops for adults, kids, and families, outreach programs to local primary schools, lectures and an annual guided trip to Africa to experience African culture first hand. A great educational resource for people of all ages, races and cultures, the African Art Museum plays a vital role in its community. Call ahead for museum hours, as they are irregular.
This museum is housed at the world's oldest continuously operating airport. Its fun, interactive exhibits will captivate visitors of all ages. The gallery itself is a one-eighth scale replica of the Wright brothers' hangar, where they built their first military airplane. It was here, in 1909, that Wilbur Wright trained military officers to fly. The museum's many artifacts include the Wright brothers' 1911 Wright B, a 1918 'Jenny' airplane that was once used for airmail, and a 1932 Monocoupe aircraft.
If you're interested in electronics, you should surely make a trip to this museum at Linthicum. Check out the development of electronics in the field of defense. Apart from the learning about the gradual evolution of technology in this area, you'll also get to discover its resultant effect on commercial products. You'll also find out the major role that technology played out in the whole process. You can plan your visit on any day of the week, except Sunday. What's more, this tour of discovery is for free as there are no admission costs.
This museum is steeped in history and it is ready to tell tales whenever you want to listen. It was built by Samuel Ogle in the early 18th century. Later, it underwent expansion and was inherited by the Woodward family. The Woodwards further converted it into a major racing and breeding ground. Presently, it enjoys its status as a museum and boasts of an interesting collection of racing memorabilia, carriages and so on. Call for more information.
The William P. Didusch Center is dedicated to chronicling the history of urology. Make an appointment for a free visit to the museum to view a fascinating exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia related to this medical science. The collection includes original sketches and documents, as well as medical instruments and devices like cystoscopes that were state-of-the-art in bygone years. This is a great place to experience the history and treatment of urological disorders.
National Museum of Health and Medicine has been built to promote an interest in medicine but more importantly in the armed forces and medicine. With a vast collection of over 24,000 objects, the museum tries to show to the visitor how diseases effect the body. Exhibits include diseased body parts, foreign items removed from the body, skeletons etc. Admission is free to the museum, but groups are charged. The museum also has a gift shop that sells books, collectibles and jewelery. Lectures are held in May every year on forensic anthropology. The museum also rents space for events, training courses, party and reception. There are walk-in tours, general tours, human body tours, civil war tour, forensics mystery etc.
See a wireless telegraph, a telegram sent from the Titanic, a crystal radio built in the 1920s, the cathedral-shaped radios of the 1930s, post-WWII plastic portable radios, and, of course, television. You're sure to find something that will make you say, "We used to have one of those." Of particular interest to Washingtonians of the 1960s and 1970s are props and sound effects used by Willard Scott and Ed Walker, the "Joy Boys of Radio." Only the first floor is handicap accessible.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.