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  • Address: 525 E St NW
  • Hours: Open daily (except Tuesdays), 10 am-6 pm; last admission at 5 pm
  • Admission: $7 adults, $4 students

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National Academy of Sciences

Created by Congress in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences conducts research in a wide variety of studies and provides its results to the U.S. government. Its Foggy Bottom headquarters are housed in a 1924 Neoclassical building designed by American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue (famed for designing L.A.’s Central Library), but only a few lobby-mounted, rotating scientific exhibits are open to visitors. The building’s main public attraction is the Albert Einstein Memorial, a huge and endearing bronze statue of the famous physicist set outdoors beside Constitution Avenue.

Fortunately for those interested in the NAS’ groundbreaking research, its intimate Marian Koshland Science Museum (located in Penn Quarter), illustrates the scientific findings of the NAS through inventive, interactive exhibits. These exhibits include visual dissertations on climate change, the anatomy of the brain, how to protect the world’s water supply and more.

The National Academy of Sciences Building has a parking lot at the intersection of C and 21st Streets NW, or the closest Metrorail station, Foggy Bottom-GWU, is about 8 blocks away and serves the Orange and Blue Lines.The Koshland Museum is surrounded by street parking, and is near the Gallery-Place-Chinatown Metrorail station, which serves the Green and Yellow Lines.

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