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District of 'Cool'umbia

See how D.C. snazzed up for its favorite
quadrennial celebration


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RAISING THE BAR

More than 150 bars and restaurants were allowed to stay open around the clock for inauguration.


One such bar, Madam's Organ Blues Bar in Adams Morgan, stayed open until 4 a.m. or later every night leading up to inauguration and had live music during the day.

BILL DUGGAN, Owner

President Obama danced in the street at the

INAUGURAL PARADE

LUXURIOUS COMPETITION

High-end hotels offered suite packages with some pretty unusual amenities.


               

THE MADISON HOTEL INAUGURATION PACKAGE

• personal town car and driver
• $5,000 shopping spree at Brooks Brothers
• dedicated social media butler

$47,000

PARK HYATT PRESIDENTIAL SUITE

• Saks Fifth Avenue personal stylist
• in-suite couples' massage
• VIP backstage tour of the Kennedy Center

$57,000

THE RITZ-CARLTON INAUGURATION PACKAGE

• two first class airline tickets
• private tour of Washington D.C.
• cupcake decoration party

$100,000

MORRISON HOUSE'S INAUGURATION PACKAGE

• covers up to 90 people in 45 rooms
• car for guest use
• silk pajamas and pillowcases monogrammed
with your initials and the inauguration date

$200,000

HOTEL MADERA'S PACKAGE

• an animal print robe embroidered with
the inauguration date
• wine glasses etched with a donkey
• inauguration "Survival Kits" with water,
hand warmers and ponchos

$320,000

Information via The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Newseum and Business Insider. Cupcake image via The Noun Project.
Created by Phoebe Unterman for inaugblog.com

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

There was a live broadcast of the swearing-in ceremony at noon in Flag Hall on Inauguration Day, as well as several live performances the weekend before.

Also, presidential artifacts like Lincoln's top hat and FDR's microphone, as well as more than two dozen dresses worn by first ladies including Michelle Obama, were on display.

THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART

Roy Lichtenstein's print "The Oval Office" was installed in the gallery's East Building Auditorium lobby.



ALONG THE MALL,

Many museums had special exhibits and events in honor of inauguration.


NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

A collection of presidential portraits were on display, and there were reenactors portraying George and Martha Washington and Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

Also, Shepard Fairey's hand-finished 'Hope' collage, made famous during the president's 2008 campaign, was on display.

NEWSEUM

On Inauguration Day, The Newseum hosted a live media coverage event, turning their front terraces along Pennslyvania Avenue into temporary studios for most major television networks.