Econo Lodge Metro
6800 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22213
Phone: (703) 538-5300
Fax: (703) 538-2110
Arts & Museums
History buffs interested in the dwellings of an ordinary man in the 18th Century will be thrilled to visit the Ball Sellers House. Possibly the oldest standing building in Arlington today, the house was the home of a yeoman farmer John Ball, who lived in this modest dwellings with his wife and five daughters. The house has passed through several owners since including William Carlin, a tailor who counts George Washington and George Mason among his famous clientele. Packed with history and interesting stories, visitors will also get the rare opportunity to view a clapboard roof. The house is open for public tours from April to October on Saturdays between 1:00p and 4:00p. School and group tours can be set up by appointment.
Founded in 1976 and is housed in the historic Maury School, this arts center is dedicated to presenting and supporting the new work of regional artists through exhibitions, studio space, and educational opportunities. The center is one of the largest venues for emerging, contemporary artists in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Founded in 1962, this nonprofit visual arts center exhibits the work of emerging and established regional artists, as well as special traveling exhibitions from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Art classes for both children and adults are also available.
Metropolitan Gallery exhibits contemporary American realism and representational works from mid-career and emerging artists. The exhibit calendar includes both individual artist and group shows.
Set among the fashionable Foxhall Road estates in upper northwest Washington, the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger holds a marvelous collection of 19th and 20th Century art. Artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Rodin are represented, among other artists. A fine collection of African art is also housed here. The Kreeger Museum requires some advance planning to visit since reservations are required to join the docent-led tours, but the effort is well worth it. No people under 12 are permitted.
Arlington House once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose wife, Mary Custis, a great-granddaughter of George Washington, inherited the home. During the Civil War, Union troops made the house their headquarters. The home is furnished as it was when the Lees raised their seven children here. Park rangers dressed in period costume help dramatize the era. Enjoy a stunning view of Washington from the front of the hillside mansion. As the mansion is located within Arlington National Cemetery, visitors must either walk from the Visitor Center or join the Tourmobile Sightseeing tour of the cemetery.
This nationally recognized gallery and respected Georgetown establishment produces progressive and imaginative exhibits. Although it was known for displaying leading pop art in its early days, the gallery has since featured a more diverse range of works. It also publishes original portfolios and limited edition prints.
Nestled within the 1891 Hume School, the oldest school building in Arlington County, this museum houses the artifacts of Arlington's past with exhibits deeded to the Society over the years by a number of private donors. A bookshop is also on the property which offers local historical publications, maps, prints, and cards.
The Hume School is a historic structure that is an Arlington County Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The former school holds the record for being one of the oldest school building in the county of Arlington. The building was designed by B. Stanley Simmons in Queen Anne inspired architecture. Now owned and looked after by the Arlington Historical Society, the house is used as a local history museum.
One of the top contemporary fine art glass galleries in the world, the Maurine Littleton Gallery regularly exhibits the creations of the finest American glass artists. The gallery boasts permanent displays of glass art and other three-dimensional works in metal, ceramic and fiber. Prominent artists featured here include Dale Chihuly, Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Therman Staton and Ginny Ruffner. Most of the glass work is abstract in nature.
Tucked into a courtyard in the heart of busy Georgetown, the Old Stone House dates back to 1765. It is believed to be the oldest building in Washington and the only one remaining from the pre-Revolutionary period. The house provides a glimpse of mid-18th century life in a cramped but functional living space. Simple furnishings can be found in most rooms.
Clara Barton spent the last years of her long, productive life at this Victorian home within walking distance of Glen Echo Park. Retired as head of the American Red Cross, she lived for nearly another decade in the house. Her creative renovations of the building resulted in a charming and intriguing curiosity. Visitors may view a film of the life of this tireless organizer and explore the home, which is furnished much as she left it. Admission is free.