Penn Quarter Photos

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    Images of Downtown Washington DC

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Penn Quarter is a revitalized historic neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC. Since the opening of the MCI Center (later named the Verizon Center and now the Capital One Arena) in 1997, Penn Quarter has become an arts and entertainment district with new restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, art galleries, theaters and trendy stores. See photos of the popular area and learn about the most popular attractions.

    The Capital One Arena is a 20,000-seat arena that hosts 200 public events each year, including concerts, family entertainment and sporting events.

     

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    National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum reopened on July 1, 2006 showcasing a newly restored historic building in Washington, DC. The two museums share a National Historic Landmark building that stretches two city blocks within the Penn Quarter neighborhood.

     

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    Hotel Monaco

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hotel Monaco is an 184-room hotel right in the heart of the Penn Quarter neigborhood of downtown Washington, DC. The building is a recent restoration of a post office building, a national historic landmark.

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    Clydes at Gallery Place

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Clydes is a popular restaurant in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, DC. 

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    Regal Cinemas at Gallery Place

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Regal Cinemas has 14 screens at Gallery Place at 7th and H Sts., NW, Washington, DC.

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    Chinatown - Washington, DC

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    The Chinatown Arch is located at 7th and H Sts., NW, Washington, DC.

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    Marian Koshland Science Museum

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    Marian Koshland Science Museum, opened in 2004, includes interactive exhibits geared toward visitors ages 13 and older.

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    National Building Museum

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Building Museum is located at 401 F. St, NW in downtown Washington, DC. The museum highlights architecture and historic preservation.

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    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

    Photo &copy Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, is located at E Street, between 4th and 5th Sts. in downtown Washington, DC. The memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcers who have died in the line of duty.

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    International Spy Museum

    International Spy Museum
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    Washington, DC is the home to the only spy museum in the United States. The International Spy Museum showcases more than 200 gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies used for espionage throughout the world.

     

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    National Museum of Women in the Arts

    Photo &copy National Museum of Women in the Arts

    The National Museum of Women in the Arts is located in the heart of Washington, DC and is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to celebrating the artistic achievements of women. The museum's permanent collection features more than 3,000 works of art including a wide range of styles and media by women from the 16th century to the present.