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Washington DC Museums Spotlight November 2012

By November 11, 2012

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Here's a guide to some of the newest exhibits at Washington DC museums.

  • International Spy Museum - Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains - The interactive exhibit showcases vehicles, props, costumes and more from Fifty Years of James Bond films. Over 100 artifacts will be on display including Zao's Jaguar XKR from DIE ANOTHER DAY, the satellite from GOLDENEYE, Jaws' teeth from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, and Dr. No's tarantula from DR. NO. Visitors can also swim with sharks, become a villain, and create their own personal lair as part of the exhibit's many interactive displays. 800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum - The Civil War and American Art - The exhibition examines how America's artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath as part of the war's 150th anniversary commemoration. Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church and Sanford Gifford-four of America's finest artists of the era-anchor the exhibition. The exhibition also includes battlefield photography, which carried the gruesome burden of documenting the carnage and destruction. 8th and F Streets NW., Washington, DC, (Nov. 16 through April 28, 2013)

  • Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery - Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - The exhibition features objects recently excavated from more than 10 archaeological sites throughout the Arabian Peninsula. "Roads of Arabia" examines the impact of ancient trade routes that traversed the peninsula, carrying precious frankincense and myrrh to the Mesopotamia and Greco-Roman world and allowing for a vibrant exchange of both objects and ideas. 1050 Independence Avenue SW Washington DC. (Nov. 17, 2012 through Feb. 24, 2013)

  • National Building Museum - PLAY WORK BUILD - The exhibition combines items from the Museum's extraordinary architectural toy collection with Rockwell Group's Imagination Playground, a breakthrough play space that turns the traditional playground on its head with a focus on loose parts and blue foam blocks of all shapes and sizes. 401 F Street NW Washington, DC. (Opening Nov. 18, 2012)

  • National Geographic Museum - Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution - Photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes have documented all 39 species of the birds-of-paradise, revealed in this exhibition for the first time ever. It showcases the story of this famous family of birds in the New Guinea region who are known to be a perfect example of sexual selection in evolution. The science of their courting dances, calls and other bizarre behaviors are shown through videos, interactive games and mounted specimens of some of the most breathtaking birds. 17th and M Sts. NW Washington, DC. (Nov. 1, through early May 2013)
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