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National Academy of Sciences

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Address: 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20418-0007
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+1 202-334-2000
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Dedicated in 1924, National Academy of Sciences Building is on the National...

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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Photo op with Einstein

The academy was closed when I went by. If you want a photo op with about a 10 foot tall A. Einstein sculpture, stop by out front - I did :).

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 June 2015
Overland Park, Kansas
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Disclaimer i am a full science geek. I loved the main room and the awesome ceiling artwork. Some of the paintings connected with me more than any works in art galleries. The einstein memorial outside was cool, and we had a cheap and good meal in the staff cafeteria. It's not for everyone though, better for nerds and people who... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

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... More 

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washington, dc
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

the fabulous headquarters building on constitution avenue - they spent a fortune restoring it, and it is a wow - but they won't allow you inside it. so forget about going there. you have to go to some little modern museum downtown.

Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

The academy was closed when I went by. If you want a photo op with about a 10 foot tall A. Einstein sculpture, stop by out front - I did :).

1 Thank KS_Wayfarer
Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015

National Academy of Sciences The National Academy of Science sits humbly across the street from all the so well known monuments and memorial. People have walked so far and been overwhelmed by so many memories it is very easy just to see another building along constitution drive and move on with one’s day. I personally like the art deco period... More 

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North Hills
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

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... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

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... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013 via mobile

The National Academy of Science is a well respected organization ans well it should be. Yes the museum's exhibits are very interactive. Yes they are well done. Problem is that every exhibit is one that could be done from the comfort of your own home clicking a mouse. Several of the exhibits were not working. And this isn't merely small,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

The NAS building at constitutional ave offer many art and historical exhibitions that talks about the history of science or about some particular area or theme that has been capture by an artist. Also its historical building have beautiful rooms and you can even have lunch at their cafeteria that is open to the public after 12:45 pm.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

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.

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