Nearby in L’Enfant Plaza, the Spy Museum is set to move into its spacious new digs, where it’ll house the world’s largest collection of espionage artifacts and in 2018, host a spy camp.
“When I moved here, all we had around our construction site was grey concrete and a couple of sandwich shops,” says Shannon Bennett, the Museum of the Bible’s director of community relations. “Now, just down the street, the Spy Museum is building a space that’s twice as big. We’ve got the whole food scene opening up at The Wharf. This whole quadrant from the National Building Museum on 4th Street, southwest to the Potomac, is just a street of highlights.”
As with most projects its size, the District Wharf will be opening in phases, with more residential and commercial spaces coming online in the next couple of years. Its blowout grand opening concert is slated for October 12, when the Foo Fighters -- longtime favorites at the 9:30 Club -- will christen the stage at The Anthem. But it’s not just Dave Grohl and some schmancy new restaurants that have people chirping. It’s the fact that Washington DC, of all school-bus-trip destinations, is going to have the most exciting new waterfront in the country.