Explore new exhibits this winter

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Don't let boredom bog you down this winter when you could explore a number of cool new exhibits at museums in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.

Immerse yourself in amazing Instagram photos or explore the earth at the National Geographic Museum. Learn what it takes to make Thomas the Tank Engine go at Port Discovery. Investigate how rock and roll has affected politics at the Newseum or experiment with portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

No matter your age or interest, one of these exhibits is sure to pique your interest.

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@NatGeo: The Most Popular Instagram Photos
Head to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., to see more than 200 of the most popular photographs on National Geographic's Instagram account. @NatGeo has more than 60 million followers and more than 3 billion likes on its 11,000-plus posted images.
The exhibit tells the stories of many of these images and the photographers behind them. Hands-on, interactive elements include video screens, adjustable filters and a wall where visitors can curate their own Instagram feed using iconic images from the @NatGeo account. Visitors can also vote for or “like” their favorite photos in the exhibit.
Through April 30. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for members, military and students; and $10 for ages 5-12. 1145 17th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. natgeomuseum.org

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More cool new exhibits for families


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Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails Exhibit
Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore to teach kids about science, technology, engineering and math. Climb into Thomas’ cab and explore the engine's inner workings. Flip levers and figure out the movable parts. Work with others to get Percy moving by loading coal and filling his tank with water. The exhibit features a kid-sized, climbable Thomas the Tank Engine, an enormous hands-on Island of Sodor toy railway, a place to dress up as train conductors and more.
Jan. 21 through May 7. Admission is $14 for ages 2 and older. 35 Market Place, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org


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Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics
This one-of-a-kind exhibit at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., explores how rock and roll has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. Find out how the power of rock changed attitudes about patriotism, peace, equity and freedom. Explore music's influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equity through iconic artifacts, photographs and multimedia experiences. The exhibit will cover such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.
Jan. 13 through July 31. Admission is $22.95 for adults, $13.95 for ages 7-18 and free for ages 6 and younger. 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. newseum.org

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Explore! With the National Portrait Gallery

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Explore! With the National Portrait Gallery
 The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in partnership with Explore! Children’s Museum, will opens its first-ever space dedicated to children this winter. “Explore! with the Portrait Gallery” will allow kids to do hands-on activities with portraiture to answer questions such as “What is a portrait?” “How do I see myself?” and “How do others see me?” They will trace each other's silhouettes, strike a pose for a projected video art piece, and experiment with expression and emotion by building faces out of illustrated blocks. This will be the museum's first interactive bilingual gallery.
Beginning Jan. 28. Explore! is for children ages 18 months to 8 years. First floor. 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.

Natinoal Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers

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Take a simulated hot-air balloon ride to document the migration of herds across Africa as part of an interactive exhibit coming to the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., through Sept. 10, 2017.

In the new exhibit “National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers,” everyone becomes a world explorer and embarks on an epic adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior, and learn about the important roles that technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting discoveries. The interactive family experience, set to open Feb. 10, will showcase the work of some of the most innovative and exciting National Geographic explorers.

Earth Explorers is designed to appeal to the entire family. Visitors can explore six regions of the world and use the methods employed by National Geographic explorers in the field. They can visit a base camp in a life-sized explorer's jeep or board a deep-sea submersible for a virtual dive to survey life at all levels of the water column — from abundant coral reefs to deep-sea thermal vents.

The exhibit will be at the museum through Sept. 10. Admission is $15, $12 for students, $10 for ages 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. For details visit nationalgeographic.org.

By Betsy Stein

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