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Posted: June 12, 2018

DC unveils special exhibits as 'Hamilton' comes to town

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Alexander Hamilton exhibit called "Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon," that include mail, portraits, and postage and revenue stamps reflective of Hamilton's life and career, at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018. The blockbuster show Hamilton is finally coming to the nation’s capital and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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            DC unveils special exhibits as 'Hamilton' comes to town
The original flintlock pistols made of walnut, brass and gold that were used in the July 11, 1804 duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr, which resulted in the death of former secretary of treasury and a retired two-star Army General Alexander Hamilton, are displayed at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018. The blockbuster show Hamilton is finally coming to the nation’s capital and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can.

            DC unveils special exhibits as 'Hamilton' comes to town
The original flintlock pistols made of walnut, brass and gold that were used in the July 11, 1804 duel with then-Vice President Aaron Burr, which resulted in the death of former secretary of treasury and a retired two-star Army General Alexander Hamilton, are displayed at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018. The blockbuster show Hamilton is finally coming to the nation’s capital and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can.

            DC unveils special exhibits as 'Hamilton' comes to town
The Alexander Hamilton exhibit at Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, Monday, June 11, 2018, displays an image of the then-Vice President Aaron Burr and Hamilton duel at Weehawken, New Jersey, July 11, 1804, showing Burr, right, taking aim at Hamilton left, who fires into the air. The blockbuster show Hamilton is finally coming to the nation’s capital and the city is preparing in ways that only Washington can.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON —

The blockbuster musical "Hamilton" is finally coming to Washington, and the city is preparing in ways that only the nation's capital can.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's genre-bending historical musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton will start a three-month run at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday.

The myriad museums of Washington have been preparing specialized exhibits designed to appeal to tourists and locals who can't get the show's tunes out of their heads.

The Library of Congress is displaying thousands of personal papers from Hamilton, who served as George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was America's first secretary of the Treasury.

The National Postal Museum is temporarily displaying the actual pistols from Hamilton's fatal 1804 duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.

"Hamilton" debuted on Broadway in 2015.


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