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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Titanic exhibit is free this weekend at National Geographic

The RMS Titanic on April 11, 1912, in Cobh Harbour/Wikimedia Commons and Cobh Heritage Center

The cost of adult admission is usually $8, but this weekend at the National Geographic Museum, there will be no charge to see the Titanic and the Samurai Warrior exhibitions which both close July 8.  (Update:  The Titanic exhibit closes September 9, 2012.)

NG Studio

National Geographic is part of the Dupont Kalorama Museums Corsortium's annual walking tour when other "off the Mall" museums will have "free days" this weekend, too.  (Some always have "free days.")

This is the first year for National Geographic to participate, and a spokesperson said 100 persons will be admitted every 30 minutes to the Titanic exhibition.  (There will be a $5 charge for adults and $2 fee for children to see Save the Titanic with Bob Ballard to be screened Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Ballard is the "explorer-in-residence who discovered the sunken Titanic in 1985.)

Visiting all the museums would normally would cost $43.

Participating are Anderson House, home of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Woodrow Wilson House where admission is usually $10, the Textile Museum ($8), the Phillips Collection where Jasper Johns and Antony Gormley exhibitions open Saturday ($12), Dumbarton House, a “federal period historic house museum” in Georgetown ($5), Fondo del Sol Visual Art Center, the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, and the National Museum of American Jewish Military History (not open Saturday).

Also, the area's Firehook Bakery, Teaism, and Looped Yarn Works will have discounts this weekend upon presentation of the Walk Weekend brochure, available at any of the locations.

What:  Dupont Kalorama Museums Annual Walk

When:  June 2 and 3, 10 a.m. until 4, 5, or 6 p.m. (Check this link for closing times.) 

Where:  Here's a map, alas without National Geographic which is located at the corner of 17th and M streets, NW.  (See link below.)

How much:  No charge

Metro station:  Dupont or Farragut North or West

For more information: or 202-857-7588 for National Geographic

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