Thanksgiving Survival Guide
For those tasked with coming up with a schedule of activities for friends and relatives visiting over Thanksgiving, we're here to help. After the jump, we've compiled some ideas for how to entertain houseguests with local exhibits and activities that don't include searching for a parking spot at Tysons Corner.
While a number of museums -- the Newseum, Spy Museum, the Corcoran -- are closed on Thanksgiving Day, all of the Smithsonian museums will be open, including the newly renovated American History Museum. Known somewhat affectionately as America's Attic, this treasure trove offers up a cool new display of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired our national anthem, along with the old standbys like dresses from past first ladies and the ruby slippers that helped Dorothy get home.
In addition, the Museum of Natural History will extend its hours around the holiday; on Friday and Saturday, the museum will remain open until 7:30, providing the perfect opportunity to go see the brand new exhibit, Ocean Hall.
The National Gallery will also keep normal hours on Thanksgiving Day, which gives history buffs the opportunity to see the stunning collection of artifacts from Pompeii and art-lovers the chance to see the work of Rembrandt's worthy rival, Jan Lievens. For the more active set, head outside to the Sculpture Garden for an afternoon of ice skating.
Although they're closed on the actual holiday, the Newseum and the Spy Museum will keep normal hours for the days that follow. New junkies will love the Newseum, including the display of significant portions of the Berlin Wall, the gangster-themed "G-Men and Journalists" and the "9/11 Gallery" with its moving array of newspaper front pages from Sept. 12, 2001. Meanwhile, the Spy Museum will appeal to the whole clan, including children and James Bond fanatics, who will love the array of spy gadgets and weapons.
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