DC Adventures • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last week, we decided to come out of our hibernation after the exhaustion of moving and check something off our list of things to do here in D.C. We headed out a little too close to nap time, but all in all it ended up being a pretty good day. We wandered through each exhibit, Ev on Alex's shoulders, marveling at all of the towering bones and animals. This has long been a favorite museum of mine and it's funny how you see things differently with a child no matter how many times you've been there. She shouted 'wow!,' gave a lot of emphatic 'rawr!'s at all the right times, and held out her arms to show us just how big certain things were. She left each live animal with a kiss and a 'bye-bye!' and pointed out all of the things that interested her. At one point, we met a few ladies holding huge (disgusting) bugs and Ev was thrilled! I held back my inner aversion to bugs and let her touch the hissing cockroach. I wasn't sure what she would do, but she showed no fear at all and even held out two hands, asking to hold it. I, on the other hand, politely declined the lady's offer to touch her cockroach and moved on. I think this was probably Ev's favorite part, getting to touch the bugs. I'm a huge architecture nerd, so just being in the building was entertaining for me, but my favorite exhibit was the 2012 Nature's Best Photography Awards. I had a revelation of sorts standing in front of each photo, connecting with the travel photographer inside of me (Seriously though - doesn't that sounds like the perfect job?). I have also always really liked the ocean exhibit (The last picture was taken in said room, looking up at the giant whale on the ceiling.). Once upon a time, amidst the plethora of jobs I said I wanted to do, a dolphin trainer at Seaworld was one of them.

One of my favorite things about Washington D.C. is the abundance of museums and that almost all of them are free. It makes it so much easier to drag your two year old out of the house and onto a bus and onto a subway in the cold when you don't have to shell out $30 to chase her around and really just glance at everything. If you're thinking about visiting the Natural History museum any time soon, be sure to check out their calendar of events (Notice the tarantula feedings and butterfly pavilion - two things we'll have to check out next time). They also have a new exhibit coming soon that sounds really interesting - Unintended Journeys. Ev has had an unwavering obsession with the moon and stars, airplanes and helicopters, garbage trucks and buses, basically vehicles of all kinds so I know she will love our next museum visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

P.S. After we were finished at the museum, we took a short walk over to a restaurant called Teaism to enjoy a bowl of soup, delicious hamburger, and hot cup of Jasmine tea all for under $20. We really enjoyed ourselves, so if you find yourself looking for lunch suggestions in the area, check it out!

What are some of your favorite museums you've visited, in the D.C. area or not? One of my favorites besides the ones here in D.C. was the Oklahoma City Bombing Museum. It sounds strange, but it was so well put together and memorializing.

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  1. Wow, looks like a great adventure! Beautiful pictures.
    -Jenny from saferkids.com

  2. well this looks like an amazing adventure! great beautiful pictures and i enjoyed your post allot.thx



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