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New D.C. exhibition busts common myths about the nation’s capital

Learn about two of the city’s most well-known buildings, the Capitol and The White House

In a new exhibition running through September 24, the George Washington University (GWU) Museum is focusing on what the processes were to creating two of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic buildings, The White House and the U.S. Capitol.

WAMU reported that the exhibition also hopes to bust common modern myths, including that D.C. was built on a swamp when it was actually built on a marsh. The works in the exhibit largely are from the early 19th century, displaying the many designs behind the buildings as well as the construction.

For more information on the exhibition, be sure to check out the GWU website here. The exhibition is located at 701 21st Street NW.

For a quick look at some common myths about the District, check out this Curbed DC article.

No, Washington Is Not Built On A Swamp: New Art Exhibit Busts D.C. Architectural Myths [WAMU]

Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection [George Washington University Museum]

The 10 Myths You Probably Believe About Washington, D.C. [Curbed DC]

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