View the Emancipation Proclamation at the Library of Congress
While visiting D.C. to catch the historic re-inauguration of President Obama, you can also see history that is 150 years old.
The Library of Congress will be displaying the First Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation until February 18. It is part of "The Civil War in America" exhibit.
View the exhibit from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E. in Washington, DC
Metro: Union Station or Capitol South
See portraits of the Presidents and First ladies at the National Portrait Gallery
See a complete collection of presidential portraits, and "meet" George and Martha Washington and Abraham and Mary Lincoln at special tours. These famous Americans may even share their inaugural experiences.
The gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily
Location: Eight and F Streets NW, Washington DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Presidential Campaigns and the Press at the Newseum
If you love the thrill of the campaign trail, you'll enjoy "Every Four Years, Presidential Campaigns and the Press" at the Newseum.
This exhibit will interactively show how the media coverage of the campaign has changed over the years. Stop by and see a microphone used by FDR to deliver his "fireside chats," a handwritten note from John F. Kennedy during a presidential debate with Richard Nixon, and even the outfit worn by Tina Few as Sarah Palin in a 2008 "Saturday Night Live" sketch.
The exhibit is open until January 27.
Location:Newseum , 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20001
Metro: Judiciary Square
Meet all 44 Presidents at Madame Tussauds
You might not get a close-up photo with President Obama while attending the inauguration, but you can get one with his wax figurine. See wax figurines of ALL 44 Presidents at Madame Tussauds .
Location: 1001 F Street NW (Corner of 10 th and F Streets, Washington DC 20004
Metro: Metro Center
First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History
See more than 2-dozen gowns worn by the first ladies, china from the White House, and more about America's first ladies. When you're done with the exhibit you could even stop by "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" to find out more about their husbands.
Celebrate our nation's first black president by visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. It is located on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin, at Independence Avenue.
Location: The closest metro stations are the Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom.
"Let Freedom Ring" concert – January 20, 2013
If you're looking for some musical inspiration head to "Let Freedom Ring," a free musical event with Smokey Robinson and the Let Freedom Ring Choir at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center . Pick up tickets in the Hall of Nations on January 20.