Many people have never been in the National Academy of Sciences building, but you should – the building itself is spectacular, and there are fascinating exhibits that merge art and science.
If you go before May 31, you’ll be able to see Sentient Chamber, an interactive exhibit that almost fills a room. It was created by a multi-disciplinary group of architects, engineers, scientists, and artists, and is designed to explore the concept of living architecture. The elements in the sculpture interact with the humans in the environment, generating subtle sounds and lights.
The National Academy of Sciences is at 2101 Constitution Avenue (near the Lincoln Memorial), and is free and open to the public weekdays from 9-5, with a photo ID required.