The Flea Market at Eastern Market
Visit The Flea Market at Eastern Market on weekend mornings and you can browse the work of local artisans and sample farm-fresh produce and concoctions. The Flea Market at Eastern Market boasts its third year of operations and now hosts more than 100 exhibitors from five continents. Though not the largest flea market, it is arguably one of the most diverse in the nation. The market features arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, and imports from around the world. For more information, visit www.easternmarket.net or call 703-534-7612. The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. and is located inside Hine School yard at 7th and C St., SE., in Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Crime and Punishment
The interactive exhibits of The National Museum of Crime and Punishment covers the history of crime from medieval times to modern, white collar and computer hacking crimes. Museum topics include criminal intent, criminal profiles, serial killers, victims, issues associated with crime, the prison system and crime prevention. Visitors can test their skills at shooting, safe cracking and computer hacking and may also see the consequences of crime in realistic exhibits including a lethal injection machine and an electric chair. Simulators include an FBI shooting range and high-speed police chases. The museum is located at 575 Seventh St., NW, in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-393-1099 or visit http://www.CrimeMuseum.org.
The Palace of Wonders
All things odd are on display at the Palace of Wonders. Part museum, part vaudeville show venue, part bar, this unusual destination is a far cry from the stoic Smithsonian. The Palace of Wonders seeks to preserve the vaudeville shows, freak displays and traveling carnival museums that millions of Americans watched for entertainment before the rise of film and television. Live burlesque shows take place on many nights. Visitors must be 21 or older to enter.The Palace of Wonders, 1210 H St. NE., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-398-7469 or visit http://www.palaceofwonders.com.
National Pinball Museum
The opening of the new National Pinball Machine Museum in Washington, D.C. marked the fruition of America’s latest and tribute to the classic coin-operated arcade attraction. What was once a ubiquitous leisure time activity is now devoutly enshrined in a historical context at places such as the Pacific (aka Lucky JuJu) Pinball Museum in Alameda, Calif., and the Silver Ball Museum in Asbury Park, N.J. Admission to the museum is $13.50, plus a 50-cents-per-game fee if you want to flip for yourself in the “Pay to Play” room, which features a rotating selection of about 40 machines from an extensive arcade machine collection of over 800 examples. For more information, visit http://www.roadsideamerica.com.