Summer in the city — at least in this city — means tourists flocking to all the famous sites that make the District a memorable cultural center. And naturally, we understand if long lines and sweaty strangers turn you off from a trip to your favorite museum. But that doesn't mean you have to skip the air-conditioned stroll through an exhibit — after all, D.C. has a lot more to offer than what you see on the National Mall. So, the next time you have some free time or family in town, skip the crowds and head to one of these cool, quirky, and wholly unexpected hot spots.
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