Catch ‘Em While You Can

The summer’s last-minute must-dos

The clock is ticking on these exhibits, activities and events unique to DC. Make sure to get in on the fun before they close up shop.

'Peruvian Gold' at National Geographic Museum - Ends September 14

My, Au my! Displaced excavators, here's the treasure you've been looking for: the Nat Geo exhibit, Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed. Step into a portal of Peruvian culture that dates as far back as 1250 B.C. and see how this sophisticated South American culture lived. Over the last 50 years, archaeologists have uncovered everything from gold masks and jewelry to ceramics and textiles. Dig it?

Washington Nationals Baseball – Final Home Game: September 28
The Nationals make their push for the playoffs as the 2014 season nears its conclusion. There’s nothing more exciting in the sport than a pennant race, and DC’s squad is looking to clinch its second NL East Division title in three years. Aside from the game action, Nationals Park features numerous amenities and activities suitable for the entire family. Learn more with our write-up, and make sure to catch a game before the regular season draws to a close.

Reuse a Ticket for Half Off Admission at Spy Museum or Mount Vernon – Ends September 30
Uncover the secret side of America’s first Spymaster-in-Chief. Take a trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon and then bring your ticket to the International Spy Museum by September 30 for a 50-percent discount – the same goes for starting at Spy and ending at Mount Vernon. What you'll see: Spy Museum has a rare letter on display from February 4, 1777 written by George Washington on commissioning Nathaniel Sackett to spy for his country. Both Mount Vernon and the Spy Museum will honor receipts and tickets through the months of August and September.

'Degas/Cassatt' at the National Gallery of Art – Ends October 5
American Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) and Frenchman Edgar Degas (1834-1917) were luminaries in Impressionism, the artistic movement in which inspiration came from modern life and the human figure. The two became close friends, and remained so for forty years, continually influencing each other’s work. The National Gallery of Art has brought their work together into one stirring exhibit, showing how powerful a connection built through art can be.

Sightseeing Cruises & George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill at Mount Vernon – Ends October 31
See George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate from a unique perspective on a sightseeing cruise only available through the fall. Take a stroll down to the Wharf (or hop on a shuttle) and waterscapes along the Potomac on a 45-minute expedition. Also shutting its doors come the end of October are Washington’s distillery and gristmill. Learn of Washington’s success as a commercial entrepreneur at these two reconstructed colonial-era buildings located about three miles from the estate’s main entrance.

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