The National Mall is home to more than 30 museums, monuments and memorials. RENWICK GALLERY Located just steps from the White House, this recently reopened art museum showcases vintage and modern fabric, pottery and metalworks. Check out the exhibition Visions and Revisions, opening Sept. 9, featuring four pioneering artists who have reinvented American craft . MONUMENTAL DAY Once the inauguration has ended, head to Pennsylvania Avenue to witness the new president along the parade route. For info on grandstand seating near the White House, visit inaugural.senate.gov. Cap off the day with a visit to the top of the Washington Monument. Reserve tickets beforehand at recreation.gov. Catch the Inauguration on the west side of the U.S. Capitol and the inaugural parade along Pennsylvania Avenue. Also, be sure to visit nearby museums showcasing stunning new galleries and installations. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE The latest marvel on the National Mall is the largest national museum dedicated to documenting African American life from past to present, including slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, music and more. President Obama will perform the ribboncutting ceremony and the museum will open on Sept. 24. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY There are many reasons this museum has been a family favorite for years. You’ll find wondrous objects on display, like the Hope Diamond, ancient Egyptian artifacts and Henry, the iconic resident African elephant in the museum rotunda. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART EAST BUILDING The renovated East Building takes center stage with its reopening on Sept. 30, featuring two new sky-lit tower galleries and an outdoor sculpture terrace with Instagram-worthy views and an electric blue rooster sculpture by Katharina Fritsch. WEST FRONT OF THE US CAPITOL The presidential inauguration takes place on the western side of the U. S. Capitol, which faces the National Mall. People gather from the Capitol’s West Lawn to the Washington Monument to witness history as the nation ushers in a new president.
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