United States Botanic Garden
National Museum of the American Indian
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National Gallery of Art
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Mary Pickford Theater
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Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe
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United States Botanic Garden information
Lonely Planet review
Resembling London’s Crystal Palace, this iron-and-glass greenhouse provides a beautiful setting for displays of exotic and local plants. Make sure to check out the Titan Arum, also known as Amorphophallus titanum (‘giant misshapen penis’). If you’re lucky, the plant’s ‘corpse flower’ will be on display. This Sumatran native only blooms every three to five years, but when it does, it smells like rotten meat. Mmm! Behind the conservatory, across Independence Ave, you’ll find the grand Bartholdi Fountain .