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A Capital Way to Learn About History and Art

May 07, 2000|TIMES STAFF AND WIRES

Visitors to the nation's capital this spring and summer will find several notable--and free--exhibits. Among them:

* "Vikings: the North Atlantic Saga"--More than 300 artifacts, from ancient jewelry and woodcarvings to contemporary pop-culture items, from Europe and the U.S. commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Vikings' arrival in North America from Scandinavia. Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Through Sept. 4. Tel. (202) 357-2700.

* "Thomas Jefferson"--About 150 items trace the life and influence of America's third president. Highlights include a fragment of the earliest known draft of the Declaration of Independence and political cartoons of the day. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building. Through Oct. 31. Tel. (202) 707-4604.

* "Dali's Optical Illusions"--More than 60 paintings, drawings and a hologram trace the Spanish surrealist's fascination with visual perception. Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Through June 18. Tel. (202) 786-2122.

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