Saturday, October 31, 2015

Smithsonian Specials

The following day Coryn had to be at her university job.
So we hopped on the Metro and headed to some wonderful museums.
A must see on my list was the National Portrait Gallery.
I loved it and we could have stayed all day.
(Gorgeous stained glass window on 2nd floor.)
 Beautiful ceiling on the 2nd floor.
I was struck by all the intricate details in the architecture.

 We were greeted by The Man himself as we entered the President's Portraits wing.
Cammy, who is taking United States history this year found this gallery timely.
 We all really liked this newer gallery which highlights Civil Rights.
(Cammy said it was her favorite.)
I really liked this artistic interpretation of Rosa Parks.
There were many powerful statements presented through the medium of art.

 And how about this giant jack?
The sculpture gallery was fascinating.

 Here is my attempt at an artistic shot.
Looking down on the courtyard from the 2nd level.
 Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn and her gold.
The Modern American Gallery was fun.
Americans from all walks of fame from inventors, educators,
politicians to writers, artists, fashion designers and singers.
I believe it is a rotating gallery.
The original Sunstone from the Nauvoo Temple was one of the most expensive
purchases every made by a Smithsonian Museum. 
Wonderful to see it in person at 
The Museum of American History.
This was a fun museum, and quite popular judging by the amount of people in line,
including many school children.
We saw many memorable things including Julia Child's actual kitchen
 and Dorothy's ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, as well as
the original 1812 Star Spangled Banner which inspired Francis Scott Key 
to write our national anthem.
It was huge and beautiful.

 And of course, Courtney, a huge fan of genius Jim Henson,
was thrilled to see Kermit!

We took a leisurely stroll through the National Gallery of Art Garden,
which boasts a large ice skating rink in the center.
(I'm guessing Coryn and her husband will give that a go this winter.)

Our last stop for the day was at the National Museum of Natural History.
For those who know my Courtney, this is one of her heavens.
Animals and bones and bugs and dinosaurs.
Cammy and I sat this one out.
(My feet and legs were killing me...haha!)
Yes, Courtney if given the opportunity would have spent much of the trip here.
She did say, however, that one of the best natural history museums in her opinion
is still the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.

Next post:
George Washington's Mount Vernon

1 comment:

Coryn said...

I'm glad you had a good day at the museums. Scott and I will definitely need to go to the skating rink this month.