National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dedicated in 1924, National Academy of Sciences Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Albert Einstein Memorial, unveiled in 1979 to commemorate the centennial of the great scientist's birth, is located on the Academy grounds. The building's exhibits are open the public from 9 am - 5pm Monday through Friday.
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waterandmore
Rockland, ME2,627 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Business
There seems to be confusion in the reviews. The original Academy building, which is beautiful, is at 2101 Constitution Ave NW and the Einstein statue/tribute is out front on the corner of 22nd and Constitution. A variety of forums and colloquia are held at that location as well as assemblies for the Academies and other meetings. A Foucault pendulum is in the great hall at this location. I have been fortunate to have been here for a meeting in December and a colloquium in March and many other meetings in the past. The Academy also hosts a number of cultural programs for the public (see their website for programs).
A newer Academies building is indeed at 500 Fifth St NW - it is called the Keck Building.
Written 17 March 2016
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RayR2015-n
Washington DC, DC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
This review is for the monument in front of the NAS building. It is easily my favorite DC monument. It is a large sculpture of Albert. If you stand in a certain place and look at him, then talk, it reverberates back to your ears, sounding like an echo. Nowhere does it describe this, but it is awesome.
Written 23 July 2012
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Robert L
Los Angeles, CA1,497 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
I've walked past the National Academy of Sciences building several times without giving it a second look until today. I’ve also noticed the bronze statue of Albert Einstein, which sits on the corner. Today, I actually stopped to see the statue and visit the building. It is truly a fascinating building, especially the Entry Foyer. It is beyond description. The workmanship is amazing. To describe everything would take days. This is a must see when you are in Washington, DC.

Information: Currently featuring “Domesticated: Photographs by Amy Stein.” May 20, 2014 - October 20, 2014
National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. Photo ID required. No charge.
Viewable 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, closed weekends and holidays.
Written 1 August 2014
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Michelle M
Madison, WI40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Business
Very near the State Department, this stately building has little tourist pressure and offers science-themed galleries and a shady restful garden. The architecture alone is worth a visit. It reminds me of the Nobel museum in Stockholm.
Written 8 August 2019
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vprot
Athens, Greece187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Business
I was lucky enough to have a meeting there and I was amazed by the building; both the interior and the exterior. Everything was so nicely designed, taking into consideration the traditional style and putting some really interesting modern touches.

The Auditorium was also really convenient and can hold large audiences; however, the lack of power outlets (there were only a few available every now and then) was a limiting factor if you are using a power-hungry laptop for keeping notes, tweeting etc.
Written 14 October 2013
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waterandmore
Rockland, ME2,627 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Business
I have been at the National Academies for many meetings and convocations, usually in the Fred Kavli Auditorium. It is a beautiful building. The Great Hall is the center of the building. Its gorgeous dome and side elements are decorated with images from the history of science. They are beautiful. The building contains a members' room intended as a reading room for members of the Academy, a board room, conference rooms and galleries. One of the galleries is for exhibits on the work of the Academy and another for showings of the relationship between science and art. Other pieces from the Academies' art collection are on display through the building The building also is the location for the Cultural Programs of the National Academies, which are rich events at the intersections of art, music and science. Outside the building are gardens and the remarkable and wonderful statue of Einstein. The statue alone is worth a visit.
The Academies have a long and rich history of serving the country since the time of its founder, Abraham Lincoln. The esteemed members of the Academies are recognized for their work seeking truths about our natural world and the human condition.
Written 13 April 2019
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133galel
Chesterfield, United States10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
This is a very impressive academy, I learned that it was founded by President Lincoln when the US started building the ironclad ships. He wanted an objective panel of professionals to work with in building these ships. They have a nice little gift shop as well.
Written 15 February 2019
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL5,186 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We saw the National Academy of Sciences building when we came to see the Albert Einstein Memorial. The building is not the most impressive structure in Washington, D.C., but as an engineer I can appreciate more utilitarian buildings. The disappointing part was the amount of litter and overflowing garbage cans around the building particularly near the Einstein Memorial. It really detracts from the premises.
Written 8 June 2018
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Mark J
Midland, MI157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Business
Free, with limited things to see. Worth checking out Albert, the beautiful old buildng and the art displays. A twenty minute stop, 30 tops. Cafeteria in basement with limited hours is a place to catch you breath and get a drink. Few visitors. It holds meetings of the National Academy.
Written 4 March 2018
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CCC
Matawan, NJ48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
Went by to take a pic out front the NAS of the Einstein Memorial leading up to the science march and we honestly was only going to pop in to use the facilities. Instead we stayed, admiring the architecture, paintings, and the overall beautiful building and I'm so glad we did!
Everyone who worked there was extremely friendly and hospitable, and they even provided snacks and drinks to those of us escaping the cold and the rain. I would highly recommend, esp if they have a lecture! Don't miss this little gem off the beaten path!
Written 22 April 2017
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