This spring, thousands of people will visit Washington, D.C. for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Don’t be dismayed if you can’t join them because now you can have the D.C. experience without stepping foot on the National Mall. Smithsonian and the National Archives have created virtual exhibit halls where you can view and read about items in their impressive museum collections. Smithsonian offers users access to hundreds of virtual exhibitions, which include images and information about the rare Hope Diamond, portraits of American frontiersmen, and early African American art. The National Archives’ Digital Vaults feature an exciting array of American treasures ranging from official government documents and handwritten letters, to maps and candid presidential photos.
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