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Thomas Eakins

Out-of-the-way museums offer hidden delights

Sprinkled around Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood are some of the city's lesser-known museums. They are not lesser museums, by any means. But it is difficult to stand out in the shadow of the Smithsonian. So these institutions go about their daily business, relatively unnoticed by the packs of tourists that crowd the city's other museums. The staffs of these collections are far from alone, however. Residents from the area learned long ago the joys of walking through the Dupont Circle neighborhood, meandering among the embassies, art galleries and private homes, to stop and visit these small gems. The Dupont Kalorama Museum Consortium publishes a Museum Walk brochure...