1 National Gallery of Art – One of the world’s most respected art institutions, NGA celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2016. Marvel at modern surrealist works in Louise Bourgeois: No Exit (opens Nov. 15) or see 50 first-century Hellenic bronze sculptures on display in Power and Pathos (opens Dec. 13). 2 Renwick Gallery – The Smithsonian museum closest to the White House reopens Nov. 13 after $30 million in renovations. The Renwick showcases the best in contemporary American craft , including works both handmade and technologically driven. 3 The Textile Museum – China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872) is full of eye-catching juxtapositions. Displayed beside black-and-white travel portraits of Chinese society members are the similar festoons and textiles worn by their subjects more than 140 years ago. 4 DC Theater – See it all: an edgy new play at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, a twist on a classic at Shakespeare Theatre Company, a show about American life in the historic Ford’s Theatre or the work of a budding American playwright at Arena Stage. 5 COMING SOON: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture – DC’s newest Smithsonian museum is set to open in 2016. Until then, see the National Museum of American History exhibit Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection, showcasing stories from the Revolutionary era to the present. 5 PLACES YOU'LL LOVE Lincoln Memorial at Night – This free attraction stays open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is always striking. But at night, the columns, statue and lighting wield their most dramatic impact. Phillips After 5 – Held on the first Thursday of the month, these after-hours socials at the Phillips Collection combine gallery talks, live music, food, drinks and unlimited art gazing for just $12. Photo by Jeff Simpson U. S. National Arboretum – Nine miles of roadways make it easy to enjoy the 446 acres of trees, plants and flowers at this natural wonder, which hosts guided Full Moon Hikes. Book early as they often fill up a month or more in advance. Photo by www.GlynLowe.com The Kennedy Center – This living memorial to John F. Kennedy hosts a new, free performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 pm every day of the year. Photo by Dominique Fierro The Gibson – Behind the windowless façade and nondescript black door, you’ll uncover one of the city’s most celebrated speakeasies – reserve your table at thegibsondc.com.
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