In a new year, Planet Word, a new museum with voice-activated exhibits, debuts in Washington D.C., with a mission “dedicated to the power, beauty and fun of language: showing how words shape the human experience.” Admission is free.

Located in downtown D.C. in the former historic Franklin School, renovated at an approximate $60 million cost, Planet Word opened initially in October but because of COVID restrictions temporarily closed shortly thereafter. But much of the new museum remains open virtually, including a general tour, virtual field trips and programming including word games, according to a recent newsletter.

Janice Law is a columnist for The Daily News. Have a travel question? Email judgejanicelaw@yahoo.com.

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