Some of Washington’s most scarcely known, but most treasured, collections will be opened for all to see free of charge during this summer’s 27th Annual Museum Walk Weekend. On Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, the Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium will be running shuttles between ten Northwest museums showcasing a diverse array of subject matter — and there will be music, demonstrations and a even contest to be had along the way.

Participating in this year’s festivities are the Society of Cincinnati’s Anderson House, Dumbarton House, the Fondo del Sol Visual Arts Center, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Headquarters, the Parks Service-protected Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the Meridian International Center, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, and the Woodrow Wilson House (pictured above), along with two CultureMob favorites, The Textile Museum and The Phillips Collection.

Notable exhibitions include a display of artwork by the Queen of Denmark, a collection of Woodrow Wilson’s walking sticks at the 28th President’s former home and “Issues for Freedom” — political works by Central and South American-born artists — at Fondo del Sol. Meanwhile, there will also be a smattering of jazz and bluegrass concerts, storytelling sessions, green screen demos and a whole lot more.

Those who snap a pick of themselves at five or more of the participating sites will be also be eligible for a $400 prize drawing sponsored by the Washington City Paper. To get all the all the particulars on Museum Walk Weekend 2010 places, times and events, visit
Photo by the National Historic Trust

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Community MUSEUM WALK WEEKEND 2010: Ten Local Landmarks, Two Days, Zero Charge