Get an impression of how much the city has changed over the decades at the
. It’s a collection of photographs by Bill Barrett, Chris Earnshaw and Joseph Mills that details the streetscapes of the downtown area over the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. It runs through Feb. 12, and while you’re there you can check out a more contemporary take on the District in the Investigating Where We Live 2016 exhibit, featuring photographs, artwork and writing to define D.C. as they see it.
The museum is at 401 F St. in Northwest. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 17 and under.
(Above: A business at 1102 G St. in Northwest, near what is now Metro Center, advertised its liquidation sale in relation to the coming of Metrorail. © Chris Earnshaw, courtesy National Building Museum)
(Chris Earnshaw, courtesy National Building Museum) District II exhibition at the National Building Museum
Chris Earnshaw, courtesy National Building Museum
sounds like a snoozer, suited only to dedicated philatelists (if you don’t know, you aren’t one), but it’s a fascinating look at the way the Postal Service helped establish the country in its early days, and the exhibit dedicated to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is a gas. Did you know they arrest nearly 8,000 people a year for crimes ranging from mail fraud, mail theft, drug trafficking, assaults on postal workers and robberies of post offices? Get out; you did not. For that matter, did you know that “a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail?” All right; you’re just lying now.
The museum is at 2 Massachusetts Ave. in Northeast; it’s a Smithsonian museum, so admission is free, and it’s open every day but Christmas from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum; photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum)
(Eric Long, National Air and Spac/Eric Long) The National Postal Museum
Eric Long, National Air and Spac/Eric Long
has two exhibitions going, including Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu, who works in the medium of the pop-up book, but in a wildly complex way that echoes both her Chinese heritage and her life in Philadelphia, where she lives.
The museum is at 1250 New York Ave. in Northwest; admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free to those 18 and under.
(Photo: Colette Fu, The National Museum of Women in the Arts Dai Food, from the series “We are Tiger Dragon People,” 2008–13; Artist’s book with color prints, 25 x 24 x 11 in. open; NMWA; Museum purchase with funds provided by the Book Arts Fellows; © Colette Fu; Photo by Lee Stalsworth)
(Copyright Collette Fu; photo by Lee Stalsworth)
Copyright Collette Fu; photo by Lee Stalsworth
The centennial of many of the events of World War I are still coming up, so the exhibit at the
of American artists’ paintings, drawings photos and cartoons on the war as it happened carry particular historical weight. They range from ornate recruitment and war-bond posters to battle photos that still pack a punch. The exhibit is in the Graphic Arts Galleries of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., Southeast. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; you can see the pictures Library of Congress online as well.
(Courtesy Library of Congress)
Courtesy Library of Congress
WASHINGTON — The District is loaded with art and history museums, with dozens of exhibits that you, friends and out-of-town visitors can wander through for hours. Here are a few you might be less aware of, all open at least through the holidays.