Amelia Earhart exhibit opens at National Portrait Gallery

For people looking at homes for sale in Washington, DC, the city's wealth of museums is likely a major selling point. The district is renowned for its famous collections, including Ford's Theatre, the Library of Congress and the International Spy Museum.

Another important entry on this list is the National Portrait Gallery. The famous art gallery, administered by the Smithsonian Institution, is known for its collection of information about and paintings of famous Americans.

This summer a new American will be enshrined in the museum with an exhibit running through May 2013. Amelia Earhart, legendary pilot and women's rights advocate, will be given the full Smithsonian treatment. In addition to the standard paintings and drawings, the exhibit will feature her pilot's license and leather flying helmet, according to The Associated Press.

Although Earhart is never far from the American consciousness, the exhibit is a timely one - this year marks the 75th anniversary of her disappearance.

Washington's rich cultural legacy and devotion to museums and galleries make it an ideal place for history buffs. The National Portrait Gallery, located at 800 F Street, is a great place for residents and visitors to get a taste.