Navy Yard and Culture House DC Walking Tour - Fall 2021

From breakthrough invention to street art

Saturday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Did you know that Pope Benedict XVI held mass at Nats Park? Or that the main water pumping station is on the National Register of Historic Places?

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a fall walk through the photogenic, vibrant and ever-changing Navy Yard neighborhood that lies along the Anacostia River, once intended to be part of a deep water port. It is anchored by the US Navy Yard, the oldest continuously operating Navy shore installation in the United States, and Nationals Park.

Walk along the outskirts of the base with an eye towards the US Navy Museum, home to the 1950s submersible that to date has dived the furthest into the deepest part of the ocean than any other; a fine collection of model ships; and a kamikaze training plane.  The story of an entombed Civil War officer’s leg in the wall of an ordnance factory nearby is weird but true.

Look up, down and around at the timeline, signs and hands on objects that are the Walking Transportation Museum, a park full of objects meant to be played on, touched, turned and photographed while considering the history of transportation. See where the Capitals swam with the Stanley Cup, and hark back to the days of some of DCs biggest and most renowned nightclubs.

The last stop is Culture House DC, a salvaged historic church enveloped in a psychedelic mural that encompasses the entire building, turned arts and event venue. The interior is covered in murals created by artists from the world over, including dueling lion heads framing the stage in what was once the sanctuary. The rotating gallery features contemporary and street art, that is often brought to life with interactive elements and music.

Bring your camera, whether a 35mm SLR or a cell phone, and learn some of John’s tips on capturing the best shots.

We will meet at Navy Yard - Ballpark Metro station, at the M St & NJ Ave SE exit (NOT the ballpark exit) and end near the SW Waterfront Metro station. There is public parking near both metro stations. Bring your Metro farecard. This walk is 2 – 2.5 miles on flat terrain.

Date: Saturday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Know Before You Go: 

Vaccination Required 

For the safety of everyone on the tour, your sign up acknowledges in the attached waiver that you are either currently vaccinated or will be fully vaccinated by the tour date. Please read the waiver carefully. 

If you or someone in your party has exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 within the previous 14 days or been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the previous 14 days, please stay home. Please let us know before the trip if you are not feeling well and we will issue a refund.  

Preparation for the Walk: Dress in comfortable clothing and be prepared for slow walking. Bring rain gear if showers are expected. 

Weather Policy: We will go ahead in light intermittent rain but will cancel if steady heavy rain is in the forecast. 

Meeting place: We will meet at Navy Yard - Ballpark Metro station, at the M St & NJ Ave SE exit (NOT the ballpark exit) 

Registration Limited to 20 people.  

Please let us know any questions at: 

111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss By Andrea Seiger, John Dean (Photographer) Cover Image
By Andrea Seiger, John Dean (Photographer)
ISBN: 9783740802585
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Emons Publishers - June 12th, 2018

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