Washington, DC: American AcropolisOld columns from the U.S. Capitol, moved to an empty field at the National Arboretum in 1984. Next to one of these columns lurked an assassin who tried to shoot Andrew Jackson in 1835.
- 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC
- National Arboretum, northeast edge of the city. Hwy 295/Baltimore-Washington Pkwy/Anacosta Fwy exit onto US 50/New York Ave. Drive west, stay in the left lane. Turn left onto Bladensburg Rd. Drive four blocks to R Street, turn left, then drive two blocks to the Arboretum gates. 24th St NE and R St NE.
- F-M 8 am - 5 pm. Closed Tu-Th. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About American Acropolis
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays due to sequestration. :([Flo, 07/31/2013]
Ack! Now they're hitting us where it hurts. Sept. 2014: The Tu-Th closing seems to be permanent.
For ease, plug in the intersection of 24th St NE and R St NE into the gps and that will take you straight to the gates! Do NOT put 3501 New York Ave into the GPS or you will end up in the Washington Times parking lot.[Lora, 11/28/2011]
The freestanding columns that once were part of the nation's capitol. It's quite a sight to behold. It's worth the detour when visiting the city.[Nat Balsley, 01/25/2007]
The American Acropolis -- a gigantic classical ruin in Washington DC, located in the National Arboretum, is composed of all 39 of the original Capitol columns, freestanding.[wrob, 07/09/1998]