By Peggy McGlone for The Washington Post
Tell a joke. Give a speech. Sing a classic rock anthem. You can do all of these things — and more — at Planet Word, a museum of words and language opening Oct. 22 in downtown Washington.
The interactive museum fills three floors of the historic Franklin School with play spaces, games and videos screens — lots of video screens — that invite visitors to think about the origins and evolution of English, to explore the unique qualities of other languages and to play with words by reading, singing and speaking.
The dream of philanthropist and former teacher Ann Friedman, Planet Word opens almost five months late and in a limited capacity because of the ongoing pandemic. Only a few hundred guests will be admitted over three days (Thursday-Saturday) each week, and they will need a timed-entry pass to enter. Officials will direct visitor movement to maintain social distance. Some of the interactive games are voice-activated, and the museum will distribute styluses for use with its many touch screens.
Passes will be released on Mondays for the following week. Museum officials plan to adjust their hours and capacity as conditions improve.
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