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The Museums Beyond the Smithsonian
From Dupont Circle, The Darcy hotel’s unofficial backyard, you can embark on a guided tour of a lesser-known local gem: Heurich House Museum, the preserved residence of a turn-of-the-century beer magnate (once the area’s largest private employer). Farther afield, The National Arboretum is a picturesque, azalea-filled oasis where highlights include the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, the site of hundreds of miniature mossy marvels. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, a Renaissance Revival manse, spotlights world-renowned painters, like Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe, in addition to philosophical trailblazers like Simone de Beauvoir—a recent installation reimagined the writer’s studio alcove in Paris. For a glimpse at emerging art, make your way to Hamiltonian Gallery, which was recently dubbed one of the most important art spaces in the District for its commitment to supporting local creators.
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