East Coast Road Trip 2018 – Days #3-5 – Smithsonian (and other) Museums

So I decided it would just be easier to discuss the museums W- and I saw on Days #3-5 on our trip all at once, mostly because we were trying to see as much as humanly possible, meaning that if we only had an hour of free time before places started to close, we raced through some of these museums to hit the highlights.  Others, however, we spent significant time in.

Smithsonian Natural History Museum

After W- and I toured the National Mall on Day #3, there was approximately an hour before all the museums started closing.  We quickly popped into the Natural History Museum to see what we could see in that time.  My favorite room was actually the animal skeletons; I just think it’s really neat to see what an animal is made out of underneath all the fur/scales/feathers/etc.

Holocaust Museum

After our tour of the Capitol on Day #4, W- and I actually spent the remainder of the day touring the Holocaust Museum.  It’s an incredibly emotional experience that I highly recommend everyone who visits D.C. experiences.  I chose only to take one photo during my hours at the museum, staying in the moment and not getting distracted by electronics.  I won’t explain the photo because the eventual reveal is a powerful moment that I would hate to spoil for anyone, but anyone who has been to the Holocaust Museum will definitely recognize this room.


Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Following the Library of Congress and Supreme Court visits, W- and I walked to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.  W- knows I’m fascinated by space, so we toured that side of the museum before heading to the air half.  The most impactful moment for me was when W- directed me into a room where I turned a corner and saw the actual Wright Brothers’ Flyer.  I audibly gasped, which W- said exceeded his expectations (he had been to this museum before and was excitedly waiting my response).

Smithsonian American History Museum

Following the Air and Space Museum, W- and I walked over to the American History Museum, where we were able to spend a couple of hours.  In terms of pure fun, this was my favorite museum by far.  Seeing Michael Keaton’s Batmobile and Julia’s Child’s kitchen made me smile so much.  Plus historically speaking, getting to see the First Ladies Exhibit and the Star-Spangled Banner was something I’ll never forget.  My only regret is that I didn’t get time to explore more of the exhibits.


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