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August 05, 2004|By Sarah Breitenbach

Touch a tornado

Visit the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall in Washington for a look inside one of the planet's most powerful weather phenomena. Tornado: Twist of Fate explores the study of twisters and gives audiences a chance to touch a miniature version of the storms in a tornado simulator.

The exhibit also features photographs, video footage, computer animation and displays of scientific instruments used to study tornadoes.

"Tornado: Twist of Fate" runs through Oct. 11 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets in Washington. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 202-857-7588 or visit


"American Celebration on Parade" at Shenandoah Caverns in Virginia offers visitors a look into the history of presidential inaugurations.

The exhibit includes inaugural license plates, invitations, tickets, programs and historical photographs. The exhibit also houses six parade floats from presidential inaugurations and decor from inaugural balls dating back to that of John F. Kennedy.

"American Celebration on Parade" is at 397 Caverns Road in Shenandoah Caverns, Va. Admission to the exhibit is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children 6 to 14, and free for children under 6. Call 540-477-4300 or visit Sarah Breitenbach

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