In between going to archives, I made time to go to a place/places that was absolutely on my bucket list: the Smithsonian museums!
I apologize in advance for all the photos!
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I went to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History first:
Greensboro Lunch Counter
Benjamin Franklin's Walking Stick
One of the first Singer sewing machines
My very favorite: Julia Child's Kitchen!!!
I love Julia Child. My gramma and I used to watch her show all the time, and she was such a cool lady, great cook, and personal hero of mine.
I also took advantage of where some of my tax money goes, and charged my phone!
I also went to the National Museum of the American Indian, the newest Smithsonian museum.
I also went to the Museum of Natural History:
Where I saw the Hope Diamond!
(And one of the coolest exhibits on humans and human evolution ever, but the pics didn't turn out great.)
I visited the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of American Art/National Portrait Gallery:
(Clovis being baptized, and image I show to my students every semester)
(I took probably 200 pictures of the art I saw, but I'll spare you)
I also went to the Postal Museum. The museum is cool, and I loved the exhibits, but the experience wasn't great. Hateful security guards, lazy staff, just not well-maintained. Worth a trip if you're near it, but don't clear your schedule for it.
And the Air and Space Museum, where I saw the coolest show in the planetarium (don't judge):
And finally, the National Zoo.
Way too crowded, really confusingly laid out, unbelievably expensive.
Overall, about half as good as the Memphis Zoo.
But it is pretty, and the animals I did see were awesome.
That concludes my Northeast travels!
Next up, Utah and then back to our regularly scheduled programming (like lots of food, selfies, and rambling!)!