Presidential and inaugural events to see when attending inauguration

Things to do when at Inauguration

WASHINGTON - National Museum of the American Indian Multicultural Festival - January 18 - January 20

Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Story music, dance and storytelling festival will be held in honor of the presidential inauguration.  

Location: Fourth Street and Independence Ave, S.W. Washington DC 20560

Metro: L'Enfant Plaza, exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums


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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.

Location:  National Museum of American History, 14 th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington DC 20001

Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian Metro


Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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.

Location:  2700 F Street, NW Washington DC 20566

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