Washington, D.C. – Museums, Day One

Given the short amount of time we had, there was no way we were going to be able to see all the Smithsonian museums had to offer, but we wanted to at least try to visit each one. That was far too optimistic of us, and we’ll just have to go back!

On Monday, after visiting the MLK memorial, we began with the National Museum of American History. The docent gave us a good guide on the highlights, and we hit them all.  The museum was wonderful, but the lighting was very dark, so I got very few photos there.

Here’s one photo I was able to take: a portion of the Greensboro, NC Woolworth’s lunch counter.

From the American History Museum, we headed for the National Museum of Natural History.  Much to see there as well, but again, lighting was a challenge!

The area on human origins is really interesting!  From our earliest ancestors, to branches of our family tree that didn’t make it, to  Homo Sapiens, the exhibits discuss and demonstrate the connections between them all, and the evidence for evolution by natural selection.

 Here is a likeness of Neanderthal.  He wasn’t very tall.

We didn’t get to visit as much of this museum as we would have liked. By about 3:30 Sweetie had had enough (we’d been going since 8 am) and he headed back to the hotel. Ever the crazed photographer, I pressed on. But I needed some quiet away from all the middle school kids, so I headed into the Freer and Sackler Galleries.  This is the only photo I took there. Mostly I just enjoyed the art and the quiet and recharged my batteries.

National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art still to come.


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