This article was authored by FamousDC contributor, Allie Erenbaum.
It’s Labor Day weekend which means everyone in the city heads to the beach, or other nearby towns to enjoy some peace and quite and soak up the last bits of summer. However, it’s also one of the nicest times to be in DC. Work is put on hold; the streets are quiet; and there are deals to be had. Essentially, it’s the perfect time to be out and about in the district without enduring the summer crowds.
Though you’ve surely heard of this DC staple, it is always incredible to take a tour and revisit the impressive sculptures found in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. The six acre garden includes installations such as Claes Oldenburg’s Typewriter Eraser, Scale X and Joan Miró’s Personnage Gothique.
Visit the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Take the time to explore the NMWA on Sunday. The museum was founded in 1987 and is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions. Admission is free all day and the space is showcasing two special exhibits for visitors.
Tour the Freer’s Peacock Room REMIX
If you’re interested in art history, head over to the Freer Gallery of Art on Saturday to visit James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. The tour will then move to the Darren Waterson’s interpretation of this iconic piece. Meet at the Freer’s information desk at 2:15 p.m.
Smithsonian Castle Highlights Tour
Have you ever wondered how all of the Smithsonian museums and institutions originated?
Wake up early on Saturday or Sunday to gain insight into the Smithsonian’s architecture and initial benefactor. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. on both days.