At the Museum of Organic History in Washington DC, anything unnatural is occurring,” went a tagline to the 2006 smash movie hit, “Evening at the Museum”, a film exactly where a hapless security guard witnesses exhibits coming to life! But in April, as I stood in the rotunda of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Organic History, one particular of eighteen free of charge museums on the grounds, waiting for one thing unnatural to happen, there was only wonder, the kind of wonder inspired by that incomparable mix of history, science and the organic globe.
The Smithsonian, constructed with money willed by the British Scientist James Smithson (1765-1829) for the ‘increase and diffusion of knowledge’ opened its initial developing on the National Mall in 1855: “The Castle”, so named because of its green-domed best and crenelated architecture, homes administrative offices and an information center. It was followed by 18 museums, such as the National Museum of Natural History in 1910, nine research centers and a National zoo.
I’d come to Washington DC to go to as significantly of the Smithsonian as I could cram into seven days. I stayed at the William Lewis Residence, super close to the National Mall (quick ride on metro green or yellow line) and dined at nearby locations (My “Rave Evaluations”: Thai Tanic 1326-A 14th St. N.W. Le Madeleine French Bakery and Café, 3000 M. Street NW). And every day, aching feet and all, I went to the Mall here are a just couple of highlights.
My first quit was the Natural History Museum. It homes an integrated potpourri of natural life: on the first floor dinosaurs mix with an IMAX and African cultures share space with fossilized plants and ancient seas on the second floor reptiles and butterflies are neighbors, and exhibits on bones and soil sidle up to a dazzling globe class gem collection (think Hope Diamond: 45.52 carats of mesmerizing blue stone valued at 350 million give or take.)
When I lastly wrenched myself away from the Hope Diamond, I visited the National Air and Space Museum which has the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the planet. Some of the exhibits have been featured in the “Evening at the Museum 2 movie such as the Wright 1903 Flyer, the 1st powered machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard and the Lockheed Vega 5B flown by Amelia Earhart on two history-creating flights in 1932. I even touched a lunar rock.
Then onto the National Museum of American History, recently remodeled and reopened with all new display locations. It is home to the original 30X34′ American flag of 1814, the Gettysburg Address and lots of Lincoln memorabilia, such as the leading hat worn the evening of his assassination. The museum also functions a single of the Smithsonian’s most well-known exhibits ever ~ “The Very first Ladies of the Smithsonian” (all gowns and accessories have been donated by 1st Ladies).
Not too long ago, the sequel to “Evening at the Museum” or “Evening at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” premiered at the Air and Space Museum and was the hottest ticket in town.
I’ll take the actual thing anytime!