Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Wash. Dulles
45510 East Severn Way
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: (703) 674-2299
Fax: (703) 674-2290
Arts & Museums
An interest in the local history will definitely attract you to this place. Herndon Historical Society Museum is steeped in heritage that dates back to 1857. Exhibitions here include historical pictures, artifacts and memorabilia dating back to World War II. This establishment is on the National Register of Historic Places and a visit here offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era.
Visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to take a look at Blackbird- the fastest jet-plane in the world; or the famous space vehicle Discovery that has completed 39 space missions till date. The center is attached to the National Air And Space Museum and displays many aeronautical equipment and air crafts to the public. There are two hangars and an Observation Tower that provides a panoramic view of the adjacent Washington Dulles International Airport. Also, it is here that the Airbus IMAX Theater is located. The center also lets visitors take a look at various restoration projects. A visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is informative and insightful for children and adults alike.
Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which is furnished much as she left it. Admission is free.
Exhibitions featuring works of prominent local artists and those from around the world are held all year around. Galleries are located on the first and second floors. Impressive collections of other well-known museums are made available for viewing as a result of its association with them. Interesting educational programs are conducted for both children and adults. An on-site cafe is open during summer afternoons on weekdays.
As the principal medical research organization in the United States, this state-of-the-art facility in suburban Maryland is an exciting place. The facility is also home to the National Library of Medicine, the largest reference center devoted to a single subject in the world. The library pioneers the use of communications satellites and computer-assisted publishing to communicate to doctors and researchers across the country. The NIH Visitor's Center offers films, exhibits and a model laboratory. Tours of the library are also offered.
Set among the fashionable Foxhall Road estates in upper northwest Washington, the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger holds a marvelous collection of 19th and 20th Century art. Artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Rodin are represented, among other artists. A fine collection of African art is also housed here. The Kreeger Museum requires some advance planning to visit since reservations are required to join the docent-led tours, but the effort is well worth it. No people under 12 are permitted.
History buffs interested in the dwellings of an ordinary man in the 18th Century will be thrilled to visit the Ball Sellers House. Possibly the oldest standing building in Arlington today, the house was the home of a yeoman farmer John Ball, who lived in this modest dwellings with his wife and five daughters. The house has passed through several owners since including William Carlin, a tailor who counts George Washington and George Mason among his famous clientele. Packed with history and interesting stories, visitors will also get the rare opportunity to view a clapboard roof. The house is open for public tours from April to October on Saturdays between 1:00p and 4:00p. School and group tours can be set up by appointment.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
One of the top contemporary fine art glass galleries in the world, the Maurine Littleton Gallery regularly exhibits the creations of the finest American glass artists. The gallery boasts permanent displays of glass art and other three-dimensional works in metal, ceramic and fiber. Prominent artists featured here include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Therman Staton and Ginny Ruffner. Most of the glass work is abstract in nature.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General foods. The 40-room mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses a huge collection of art, jewelry and other artifacts that belong to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and pieces of china. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers and plants.
From El Greco's "The Visitation" to Byzantine and pre-Columbian artworks, jewelry and mosaics, Dumbarton Oaks is filled with elegant treasures. Built in 1801, the estate achieved its height of glory in the wealthy 1920s when it served as the high-society showpiece of Robert Bliss and his heiress wife, Mildred. The gardens occupy 10 acres above Georgetown and include terraced lawns, winding footpaths and elaborate fountains.
This nationally recognized gallery and respected Georgetown establishment produces progressive and imaginative exhibits. Although it was known for displaying leading pop art in its early days, the gallery has since featured a more diverse range of works. It also publishes original portfolios and limited edition prints.