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National Academy of Sciences

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While a very impressive building, I saw very little activity going on the week I was there.

While the building is impressive, I wonder just how much it is actually used. I must comment that... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Sue J
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Not much too see inside

The inside exhibits are only able to be seen during business hours M-F. They are also not to... read more

Reviewed January 14, 2018
Laurel, Maryland
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Dedicated in 1924, National Academy of Sciences Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Albert Einstein Memorial, unveiled in 1979 to commemorate the centennial of the great scientist's birth, is located on the Academy grounds...more
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2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20418-0007
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

While the building is impressive, I wonder just how much it is actually used. I must comment that the cafe/deli in the building serves very good food at a reasonable price, and it opens early enough to be able to eat breakfast there prior to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sue J
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

We saw the National Academy of Sciences building when we came to see the Albert Einstein Memorial. The building is not the most impressive structure in Washington, D.C., but as an engineer I can appreciate more utilitarian buildings. The disappointing part was the amount of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Free, with limited things to see. Worth checking out Albert, the beautiful old buildng and the art displays. A twenty minute stop, 30 tops. Cafeteria in basement with limited hours is a place to catch you breath and get a drink. Few visitors. It holds...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Mark J
Reviewed March 4, 2018

My wife was a Physics teacher and I am a retired engineer so it is quite natural for us to be interested in Sciences . When we tried to visit the Academy , we were told that the building was not open to the public...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

The inside exhibits are only able to be seen during business hours M-F. They are also not to terribly thrilled with visitors but will let you in. Having said the inside as an architectural curiosity is pretty cool. However, don't do what we did and...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jackalcall
Reviewed August 18, 2017

Visited on 7/10/2017 (Monday): Upon entering the building we were greeted with someone asking how they can help us which made it seem like the building is not open to the public. You have to show your ID (everyone in the party has to) to...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

Went by to take a pic out front the NAS of the Einstein Memorial leading up to the science march and we honestly was only going to pop in to use the facilities. Instead we stayed, admiring the architecture, paintings, and the overall beautiful building...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

Lecture open to the public last evening entitled "The Life in Oceans Beyond Earth" presented by Dr. Kevin Peter Hand. My first attendance was an eye opening experience and released some curiosity in my brain. If I weren't 70 years old I would be very...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Disclaimer i am a full science geek. I loved the main room and the awesome ceiling artwork. Some of the paintings connected with me more than any works in art galleries. The einstein memorial outside was cool, and we had a cheap and good meal...More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed March 17, 2016

There seems to be confusion in the reviews. The original Academy building, which is beautiful, is at 2101 Constitution Ave NW and the Einstein statue/tribute is out front on the corner of 22nd and Constitution. A variety of forums and colloquia are held at that...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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Is the Einstein sculpture accessible now? (5 Replies)
I've seen indications that it is in a construction zone at the National Academy of Sciences. We will be in the area the first week of June and are wondering if it will be accessible. Thanks for any info you have.
May 23, 2012|
Response fromwinfieldtake5|
Maybe you could try calling the National Academy of Sciences ? Google them to look up their number.
Arlington, Virginia
Good Off Beat Places in DC (8 Replies)
My wife and I have had the priveledge of visiting DC for the last 6 years in early May. We've seen most of the major museum and attractions that are listed in the travel books. We're making another trip in early May and were looking for some of the DC treasures that most visitors miss. For example, we discovered the Einstein Statue near the National Academy of Sciences, or the tower in the Old Post Office Building that gives you a view of the mall, or the plaque on the Willard Hotel that...More
April 22, 2009|
Response fromtbwhall|
You might review this recently-bumped thread: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28970-i40-k323225…