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.

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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