MSDC Meetings

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Please join us as we typically take speakers to dinner at 6:00 PM before the club meeting. We'll have dinner at the Elephant and Castle Restaurant, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just a couple of blocks from our meeting place -- the Constitution Avenue lobby of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.  Be on time so a security officer can lead us to our room. 

If you can't make it to dinner, meet us in the Constitution Avenue lobby of the Natural History Museum at 7:30 PM.

Public Transit

Take Metro to the Federal Triangle or Archives-Navy Mem’l-Penn Quarter station.

Parking for meetings

  • The NMNH parking lot is closed to us through 2025 because of construction.
  • On-street parking on Constitution Avenue is available only after 6:30 PM. It costs $3-4 per hour until 10 PM. It's free after 10 PM. Meetings and social time often last until 9:45 – 10 PM.
  • Pay for parking on Constitution Avenue at a kiosk, or with the free app ParkMobile. Download it to your cell phone via GooglePlay or AppStore.
  • Maybe parking on 7th Street, 12th Street, and on the Mall is also available, maybe at lower cost.

Meeting Dates

First Wednesdays except July, August, and December in most years.  In 2020, the first January Wednesday is New Years Day so the meeting will be on Jan. 8.  Remainder of 2020:  Feb. 5, Mar. 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4.  No meetings in July and August.  December time and place may vary.

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