Day trips: Gallery reopens, orchids bloom and King of Pop makes an appearance

Michael Jackson Experience at The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds in Washington DC features three wax figures spanning the lifetime of the pop icon.


Showy orchids


In advance of the famed Philadelphia Flower Show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is featuring "Enchanting Orchids," an exhibit featuring plants grown by experts from the Pinelands Orchid Society. In addition to these stunning plants, orchid experts will offer workshops throughout the week that bust the myth that orchids are fussy and difficult to grow at home.

Through Feb. 10 at McLean Library, 100 N. 20th St. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit and lectures are free. For a schedule of workshops, visit



A walk through time

Join guides dressed in Colonial garb Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. for a walking tour of historic Annapolis. Meet at Susan Campbell Park at the City Dock and explore the Maryland State House and the U.S. Naval Academy, and learn about life in Annapolis during the mid- to late 18th century.

Through March 17. Visit to reserve your spot and find a children's discount coupon. The tour lasts 2


hours. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for children. Photo ID required for guests 16 and older.


Fresh impressions


The National Gallery of Art's collection of 400 Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings are again on view for the public in the gallery's newly renovated West Building. The rooms are largely the same, but the paintings, perhaps the gallery's most prized, have been reorganized by theme, by artist and across time. Among the highlights are the recently acquired "Black Rocks at Trouville" by Gustave Courbet and the newly restored "Girl with Watering Can" by Renoir and "Bridge at Argenteuil" by Monet.

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are free to the public. Located on the National Mall between Third and Ninth streets at Constitution Avenue N.W., the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The Gloved One

Michael Jackson had a 25-year relationship with Madame Tussauds and was sculpted in wax six times during his career. Now, three of those figures can be seen at the Washington museum for a limited time as part of the traveling exhibit "The Michael Jackson Experience." The figures include those done during the Jackson 5 years, the "Bad" times and during preparations for the "This Is It" tour that never was. Jackson is the most widely exhibited figure in Madame Tussauds' worldwide collections.

Through March 13. The museum is on the Mall at 1001 F Street, N,W,, at the corner of 10th and F streets. Ticket prices range from $16.96 to $22.26, but you can save 15 percent by booking a visit online at The museum is open 365 days a year. Winter hours are Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Newport News, Va.

Black History Month film festival

The Virginia War Museum in Newport News is presenting a Saturday film festival in honor of Black History Month. On Feb. 11, the museum will screen "Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II." It is the unknown story of African-American battalions in World War II that helped liberate Nazi concentration camps. The soldiers were utterly unprepared for the atrocities they witnessed. On Feb. 18, the film will be "Glory," starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick. This 1989 movie chronicles the all-black 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and their final assault on Fort Wagner, S.C., which brought recognition to black soldiers. And on Feb. 25, the museum will screen "Buffalo Soldiers." Starring Danny Glover, this 1997 movie tells the true story of the black cavalry corps that patrolled America's West after the Civil War.

The Virginia War Museum is at 9285 Warwick Blvd. Screenings are Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visit

Virginia Beach, Va.

Dancin' machines


The Military Aviation Museum will transport you back in time on Feb. 11 with its annual Hangar Dance, complete with live big-band music. You can boogie, swing, jitterbug and Lindy Hop, and be sure to dress the part because there will be prizes for the best vintage clothing. You can warm up earlier that day with the fourth annual Virginia is for Lovers 14-K and 1.4-mile runs.

The Military Aviation Museum is at 1341 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. Admission to the dance is $40 per person. Visit For information about the races, visit