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01 December 2011 @ 09:13 pm
NYC and DC  
I will be visiting the NYC and DC areas in mid-January. Does anyone have recommendations of things not to miss in the area? Anything going on January 18-23? Or any good antique shops/thrift stores to check while there? I'm mostly going to see the Staffordshire Hoard, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Italian paintings at the Met, but it occurred to me that some other detours may be in order. Thanks!

ETA:

DC - in the last year and change I have been to the Lincoln, Washington, and Jefferson Memorials, the White House, Congress, the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. 

NYC - within the last two years, I have been to the Met and Cloisters (and will obviously go again) as well as the Morgan, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Statue of Liberty.

I'm intentionally looking for off-the-beaten-path places or limited time exhibits. :)
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Ulfhildr: ltroi upyuri_shoujo on December 2nd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
JEALOUS OF CHESSMEN AND HOARD!

Hard to say with DC, the whole place is amazing. It's a bit draining, but the Holocaust museum has probably stuck with me most from my DC trip(and the Vietnam memorial, but I'm a Vietnam war dork, so ymmv.) I'd highly suggest the museum, tho plan for something uplifting afterwards for sanity's sake.

The Smithsonian American History Museum is way fun (even tho we skipped the pop culture part because omg LINE... didn't care about the ruby slippers that much), and the library of congress is so worth it.

I found the archives less than worth it because while it's amazing to see the constitution and dec of ind. the wait when we went was 45 minutes, ridiculous, and it was crowded inside (tho, no one was crowded around the magna carta, so I had fun drooling at the REALLY old paper...)

Man, I want to go back to DC and see stuff again... we tried to see everything. In three days. Bad idea.
eithni: greeneithni on December 2nd, 2011 09:56 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not at all into the war museums/memorials, so that saves a lot right there. I'll spend most of my time at the American History and Natural History Museums, plus the National Geographic, since that's where the Staffordshire Hoard is. I did the Library of Congress, White House, and Congress all last year when I was there for the Colbert Rally, so I probably will skip those.

New York will probably be mostly the Met with the Italian painting exhibits and the new costume collection area. :) I've seen the Lewis Chessmen before, but, yeah, yummy.

Last time I was in New York, I was lucky enough to catch a copy of the Magna Carta there - it was supposed to have gone home by then, but the Icelandic eruption had kept it stateside an extra week. I think that brings my tally of Magna Carta copies viewed up to four. ;D
lrdfaelanlrdfaelan on December 2nd, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
See the Holocaust Museum in DC. Not a happy place but VERY powerful.
baronessekatbaronessekat on December 2nd, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
I just got back from Thanksgiving in Washington. The Horde was awe-inspiring and I am pretty sure I left nose prints on several of the displays. If you can, find on of the guides and ask to see the enlarged replica of the seahorse. One of them showed us and I couldn't get over the details in the large piece, which made the real life one more stunning.

Even if you are not religious I recommend going to the Franciscan Monestary of the Holy Land and take the tour of the church and catecombs. They also have a garden of true to life replicas of famous religious sites such as the Grotto of Gethsemane, the Grotto of Lourdes and so on. Lots of walking but worth it to see all the amazing architecture and art work.

Their site: http://myfranciscan.org/ We discovered it when there was an article in the news paper about "hidden gems" that folks don't know are there to be seen.

And of course there is always the zoo to see the pandas.
baronessekatbaronessekat on December 2nd, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
it's not much but here's a link to my facebook photo album of the Monastery:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2363270920049.2115882.1198627341&type=1&l=50f63fc178
eithni: greeneithni on December 5th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the leads!
mlysettmlysett on December 3rd, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
If you have any interest in early Roman and/or Byzantine cultures, Dumbarton Oaks is fantastic (and the museum part is free)! http://www.doaks.org/museum/

And if you can make it up to Baltimore while you're here, the Walters, http://thewalters.org/, is nice as well. They have a small collection of early medieval artifacts that rotates regularly, and a fantastic manuscript collection, though only a small portion is ever on display at one time.
eithni: sofonisbaeithni on December 5th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Cool! I am familiar with Dumbarton Oaks from their publications, so that may be a lot of fun!

I was looking at the Walters, they have a Sofonisba, and I may do that if I am done in DC before Friday afternoon.

Thanks!
Genevievekathryndana on December 4th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Do you have time for a show? Are tickets available for Book of Mormon or are they still all sold out to the dates you will be in NYC? If you can get them, I'd go see it!
eithni: greeneithni on December 5th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
I'll probably try to go see something, but since I'm not positive exactly how I'll be splitting the DC/NYC time, I probably won't buy tickets in advance - just see what I can score there. That has worked out well for me in the past.
Amanda Marksdottir: Tardisragnvaeig on December 5th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
The Cloisters in NYC.

For thrift shops here in DC, try Nana and Secondi. I also think Antiques Anonymous may still be open; it's at 2627 Connecticut Ave NW.

Want to do dinner while you're in the District?
eithni: CHEESE Gromit!eithni on December 5th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions and yes, I'd love to do dinner! I should be in DC the evening of 1/18 and probably 1/19. Are you free? Where would you want to go, since you know the lay of the land? I'll probably staying at one of the hostels downtown and using public transport, so either something downtown or near a subway station is preferred.