Since its creation in 1967, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture has worked to explore and document the historical experiences and the cultural expressions of people of African descent. To do that, the museum offers exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, lectures and films at its site in southeast Washington=s historic Anacostia neighborhood, at other Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, and at colleges and cultural centers across the country. What started as the nation=s first federally funded neighborhood museum now is recognized as a national resource with a tradition of creating critically acclaimed exhibitions, unique educational programming, scholarly publications, and innovative web-based outreach. The Anacostia Museum is responsible for the acquisition, care and preservation of approximately 6,000 objects in a collection dating to the early 1800s. This multi-faceted collection includes works of art, archaeological materials, textiles, furniture, photographs, audio tapes, videos and musical instruments.
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city was built from scratch, Washington's
regular town plan is easy to grasp. Centered
on Capitol Hill and its governmental
monoliths, the District is divided into four
quadrants - northeast, northwest, southeast
and southwest. Dozens of broad avenues , all
named after states, run diagonally across a
standard grid of streets , meeting up at
monumental traffic circles like Dupont
Circle. North-south streets are numbered,
east-west ones are lettered. There's no J
Street, an intentional slight to early
Supreme Court Justice John Jay, or X, Y or Z
Street. I Street is often written Eye
Street. Be sure to note the relevant
two-letter code in any address (NW, NE, SW,
SE), which shows its quadrant; 1600
Pennsylvania Ave NW is a long way from 1600
Pennsylvania Ave SE.
Once in the
city, stop at the
DC Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center ,
Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania
Ave NW (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm; tel
202/328-4748), which can help with maps,
tours, bookings and citywide information.
Look for visitor information desks at the
airports and Union Station.
The White House Visitor Information Center
, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave NW (daily
7.30am-4pm; tel 202/208-1631), supplies free
maps and handy guides to museums and
attractions; the most useful is the free
Washington DC Visitors Guide .