Sleep Inn & Suites Upper Marlboro near Andrews AFB
9310 Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone: (301) 599-9400
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Arts & Museums
Anacostia Museum - at this lesser-known Smithsonian museum, the spotlight is on African-American culture and issues. There is no permanent collection, but the museum provides innovative, special exhibits. They tend to be current and interactive, with many suited to children. Admission is free.
The U.S. Navy Museum, one of the fourteen naval museums was established in 1961. It displays artifacts that date back to 1793 and the collection provides insight into U.S history. With artifacts like the world's deepest diving submersible, it attracts hoards of visitors every year. Apart from that, it also houses photographs and other materials, vital for researchers and students. By hosting various exhibitions, it not only creates awareness but also pays respect to the national heroes. You can also take back a part of the history from the memorabilia displayed in the gift shop.
Located south of D.C., the National Children's Museum is a delightful institution dedicated to teaching children about the world around them and their responsibilities therein. Designed for children eight and under, the museum teaches little ones about their civic duties, global geography, as well as general arts and entertainment points of interest. An interactive theater further engages kids, as well as fun Sesame Street characters decorating the walls. Age-conscious displays for children three and under as well as for older children adapt to their interests and learning needs in order to create a lasting impact on their perception of the world at large.
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 oldest house on Capitol Hill, with parts dating back to 1680, Sewall-Belmont House has a fascinating history. Sections of the Louisiana Purchase were written here, and, roughly a century later, the amendment giving women the right to vote was drafted under its roof. In 1929, it was purchased by the National Women's Party, to serve as its headquarters. It is now a museum and library focusing on the advancement of women's political rights. Admission is free.
Opened on December 2, 2008, the US Capitol Visitor Center is the new main entrance to the U.S. Capitol Building. There are a lot of exhibits and visitors can see the original copy of Franklin Roosevelt's “Day of Infamy” speech and a letter from George Washington. There are also two theaters where visitors can learn more about the U.S. government. Reservations for tours are highly recommended.
From stagecoach to Model T, learn about the techniques and technologies the U.S. Postal Service has employed to deliver mail over the years. Exhibits at National Postal Museum also demonstrate the important role that mail has played in the country's development. Interactive computer displays and videos of train robberies are especially popular. Stamp collectors should not miss the museum shop. Admission is free.
You'll find the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall. Its structure is a throwback to adobe homes in early Native American culture. With a highly naturalistic design, the NMAI illustrates Indian history within a series of circles. Various works of art, artifacts, and other remnants of American Indian culture are on display. Changing exhibits provide a valuable addition to our understanding of American Indian culture. Past exhibits have included indigenous world views through dress, native modernism, and contemporary indigenous viewpoints as told through poetry. Admission to the museum is free. It is, however, recommended that a timed entry pass be reserved online (with a service charge) because of the popularity of this national exhibit.
Located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum contains artifacts culled from more than 150 sites and spanning over 10,000 years of human existence. The museum, part of the Office of Historic Alexandria, features exhibits, events and hands-on learning programs. Volunteers, local archaeologists, and students work at the museum to keep the collection and data in order. In addition, this family-friendly organization hosts "family dig days" at local sites and offers summer camps for children and adults.
There are dozens of aircrafts here, everything from the Wright Brothers' Flyer and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis to World War II planes and Apollo 11. In the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum, visitors can view one of the ever-changing films on the five-story screen. After the film, you can touch a moon rock or visit the original Star Trek model of the Enterprise. Educational exhibits introduce the ideas of aerodynamics to children and track the influence of flight technology on our culture.
Rob Vander Zee's work takes influence from nature and all its beauty. He travels to unexplored parts of the world, and while he allows his imagination and creativity to flow, he constantly jots down his thoughts and perceptions of the place. Latest works from his travels include Scared Earth and Visions of Paradise. The Vander Zee Gallery is located in the city's old town area. It functions not just as an art gallery, but as a school as well. Budding painters come to Rob to be guided and groomed into fine artists. They travel to various exhibitions, locally and internationally, learning to observe and appreciate the masterpieces before them. Zee has also written two books about painting titled The 9 Elements of Masterful Painting and Letters to a Young Artist.
The Athenaeum is a historical landmark in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. It was built in 1851 in the Greek Revival architectural style and served as the Bank of the Old Dominion. Home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, this building hosts an array of art exhibitions, music concerts and cultural programs by emerging and established artists on the regional scene. In addition, this venue offers excellent facilities for organizing weddings and private events.