- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 5, 2005

When you go:

Location: The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is at 950 Independence Ave. SW

Directions: The museum is located on the Independence Avenue side of the Mall, across from L’Enfant Plaza and just past Seventh Street.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Closed Dec. 25.

Admission: Free

Parking: Limited street and meter parking are available. The museum is close to the Smithsonian stop on Metro’s Orange and Blue lines and the L’Enfant Plaza stop on the Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green lines.

More information: 202/633-4600 or www.nmafa.si.edu.

Notes:

• The museum houses a large collection of items from different eras and locations in Africa. Families will enjoy “The Art of the Personal Object,” which demonstrates how household items can convey great beauty and importance, and “Treasures,” a recently opened exhibition of sculptures and masks.

• The museum has an excellent gift shop, which features many African craft items as well as books and music.

• The museum hosts monthly storytelling events. The next two will be 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 and 10:30 a.m. March 19. The events are geared toward children ages 4 to 10.

mThe museum has a research library that is open to the public by appointment.

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