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Video:Tour of the Kennedy Center

with Holly Deambrosi

The Kennedy Center is the cultural hub of Washington, D.C., where an array of dance, instrumental and vocal performances take place each year. Here is a tour of the Kennedy Center, including information on how to purchase tickets for events.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tour of the Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, who actively promoted the performing arts and supported the building of a National Cultural Center. After his presidency, the planned building was named after him.

Cultural Events at the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center is the home of the National Symphony Orchestra, which annually performs A Capitol Fourth on Independence Day at the National Mall. Beyond orchestral music, the Kennedy Center offers an array of performances, including theater, ballet, jazz, dance, chamber music, world music, children's programs, and so much more.

In fact, there is almost always a variety of performances taking place on any given week. After all, the center houses five theaters, including three large performance halls: the Opera House, the Concert Hall, and the Eisenhower Theater.

What to See at the Kennedy Center

Your free tour of the Kennedy Center is a visit to a museum of artifacts from around the world. In the Grand Foyer are chandeliers and matching wall sconces, gifts from the nation of Sweden. From Australia, tapestries that represent the various days of Creation. And from Spain, a sculpture of Don Quixote on the east lawn.

In the Hall of Nations hang flags of every country that the United States recognizes diplomatically. And in the Hall of States, you'll find flags for every state, the District of Columbia, and five US territories.

What you may not expect from the Kennedy Center comes at the end of the tour. One of the best views in the city is a 360-degree view of Washington, D.C.

How to Get to the Kennedy Center and Buy Tickets for Events

The Kennedy Center is just northwest of the National Mall, near the Lincoln Memorial. Those who take the metro should know that the Foggy Bottom/George Washington University Station is the nearest stop to the Kennedy Center.

You can get tickets to a performance in several ways. On the internet, go to kennedy-center.org/tickets. You can also call (202) 467-4600 or visit the box office near the Kennedy Center's Hall of States.

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