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Old Post Office Pavilion

Old Post Office Pavilion As Viewed Diagonally Across the Intersection of 12th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Old Post Office Pavilion As Viewed Diagonally Across the Intersection of 12th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW

The Old Post Office Pavilion provides:
- One of the best views in Washington;
- A food court with lots of choices;
- Many small shops;
- Convenient location near the Federal Triangle Metro Station.

Food Court and Shops In the Old Post Office Pavilion

Food Court and Shops In the Old Post Office Pavilion

The Old Post Office Pavilion is one of Washington DC’s hidden and often overlooked gems. It was built in the 1890′s, and at 315 feet, it was Washington’s tallest building. Today there are only two buildings in Washington that are taller, the Washington Monument at 555 feet and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 329 feet.

The core of the building is a huge, many stories tall enclosed space with a glass ceiling/roof. Originally the building housed the city post office, and it was also used as the offices of the Postmaster General and the US Post Office.

The building still contains offices, but it has several things that are of interest to those who want to enjoy Washington DC. First the tower provides an unobstructed view in every direction. Most of Washington’s most popular sites are visible from the tower.

View From the Old Post Office Tower Looking West

View From the Old Post Office Tower Looking West

I know these images are too small to see any detail in most of buildings, but still this does give an idea of the view looking west from the Old Post Office Tower. I have identified some of the features below.

Washington Sites As Seen From the Old Post Office Tower

Washington Sites As Seen From the Old Post Office Tower

1. Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.
2. Washington Monument.
3. National World War II Memorial.
4. Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington Cemetery.
5. Gravesite of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
6. Arlington Memorial Bridge with the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington DC side of the Potomac and Arlington Cemetery on the Virginia side.
7. Lincoln Memorial.
8. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
9. White House obscured to some extent because the Treasury Building blocks a part of the view.
10. Freedom Plaza.
11. Washington National Cathedral With Grotesque of Darth Vader.

The lower two floor contain a food court as well as a good number of stores. Many of the stores have a focus on souvenirs, but as it turns out souvenirs are not all that difficult to find in Washington.

The Old Post Office Pavilion is located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Old Post Office Pavilion

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Old Post Office. There is an has an exit just across 12th Street from the Old Post Office.

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown: Several of the sites in the photo above are mentioned in this book.
2. Washington Monument mentioned in chapters 3, 6, 128, 129, 131, 132 and the Epilogue.
10. Freedom Plaza mentioned in chapters 75, 76, 78 and 79.
11. Washington National Cathedral With Grotesque of Darth Vader mentioned in chapters 79, 82, 89, 91, 93, 123 and 130.

Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian the Beaver and the Mink, by Susan Point

Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian with the Beaver and the Mink by Susan Point as the Sun

In the image above I have used the sculpture The Beaver and the Mink by Susan Point as the sun over the National Museum of the American Indian. The sculpture is on display on the first floor of the museum.

Museum of the American Indian, North/Mall Side

Museum of the American Indian, North/Mall Side

In addition to changing exhibitions, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has many interesting exhibits including:

Our Universes Exhibition (objects depicting the sun, moon & stars)
Our Peoples Exhibition
Our Lives Exhibition
Rasmuson Theater
Mitsitam Cafe

The Mitsitam Cafe deserves special mention. This cafeteria style restaurant has the best and most interesting food I have ever encountered in any museum. The food is organized by five regions of the Western Hemisphere and inspired by Native recipes from those regions.

Food from Mitsitam Cafe at the Museum of the American Indian

Food from Mitsitam Cafe at the Museum of the American Indian

Click Museum of the American Indian Website to visit the website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The museum is located at Independence Avenue SW & 4th Street SW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Center SW Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Museum of the American Indian.

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