From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]borderstan.com.
The collection of museums along the National Mall is well known and well visited by Washingtonians and many people across the country.
Not as well known but equally compelling are the museums that fall under the umbrella of the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium (DKMC). This weekend is your chance to find out all about these museums during the 30th Annual Museum Walk Weekend.
The Walk Weekend takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am until 4 pm, and also on Sunday, June 2, from 1 to 5 pm. In all, there are nine different museums participating and each one of them will be opening up their doors with free admission — though be aware that not all museums will be open both days.
Along with free access to their exhibits, many of the museums will also be featuring special events, some of which include: English country dances, live Latino music, outdoor yoga, craft demonstrations, live jazz, and more.
Scavenger Hunts For the Entire Family
Along with these individual events at particular museums, there will be two DKMC-wide scavenger hunts. One will be geared toward adults and the other toward children. For the children, all participants that complete a scavenger hunt form (available at all Weekend Walk locations) will receive a prize. Too bad it’s not that easy for adults.
After filling out the scavenger hunt for by answering a question particular to each site, the forms are to be submitted and a winner will be selected at random by June 15. The payoff for waiting so long? A free Port City Brewery tour, tasting, or other prizes not yet announced. Not a bad payoff for a free scavenger hunt at open-admission museums on what looks to be a nice weekend.
The full list of museums participating in the Walk Weekend include:
- Dumbarton House – 2175 Q Street
- The Phillips Collection – 1600 21st Street
- Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Avenue
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House – 1318 Vermont Avenue
- Heurich House – 1307 New Hampshire Avenue
- National Museum of American Jewish Military History – 1811 R Street
- Fondo del Sol – 2112 R Street
- The Textile Museum – 2320 S Street
- Woodrow Wilson House – 2340 S Street