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National Academy of Sciences
Ranked #192 of 446 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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. The building's exhibits are open the public from 9 am - 5pm Monday through Friday.
North Hills
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
“Glad I Visited”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

I've walked past the National Academy of Sciences building several times without giving it a second look until today. I’ve also noticed the bronze statue of Albert Einstein, which sits on the corner. Today, I actually stopped to see the statue and visit the building. It is truly a fascinating building, especially the Entry Foyer. It is beyond description. The workmanship is amazing. To describe everything would take days. This is a must see when you are in Washington, DC.

Information: Currently featuring “Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein.” May 20, 2014 - October 20, 2014
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. Photo ID required. No charge.
Viewable 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, closed weekends and holidays.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank Robert L
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Lovely building - worth a visit”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

I was lucky enough to have a meeting there and I was amazed by the building; both the interior and the exterior. Everything was so nicely designed, taking into consideration the traditional style and putting some really interesting modern touches.

The Auditorium was also really convenient and can hold large audiences; however, the lack of power outlets (there were only a few available every now and then) was a limiting factor if you are using a power-hungry laptop for keeping notes, tweeting etc.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank vprot
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4 reviews
“Not worth the money or the time.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

The National Academy of Science is a well respected organization ans well it should be.

Yes the museum's exhibits are very interactive. Yes they are well done.

Problem is that every exhibit is one that could be done from the comfort of your own home clicking a mouse. Several of the exhibits were not working.

And this isn't merely small, it is tiny compared to any museum I have been in. And compared to the other museums in D.C. it is downright disappointing and tiny.

Thank IantheGreen
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“It is an excellent place to earn about Sciences in USA”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The NAS building at constitutional ave offer many art and historical exhibitions that talks about the history of science or about some particular area or theme that has been capture by an artist. Also its historical building have beautiful rooms and you can even have lunch at their cafeteria that is open to the public after 12:45 pm.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank darwinsail
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Einstein Monument in front of NAS”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This review is for the monument in front of the NAS building. It is easily my favorite DC monument. It is a large sculpture of Albert. If you stand in a certain place and look at him, then talk, it reverberates back to your ears, sounding like an echo. Nowhere does it describe this, but it is awesome.

Visited July 2012
5 Thank RayzRyd
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