Washington, D.C. Journals

Day Trip to D.C.

A May 2005 trip to Washington, D.C. by scorn mediocrity

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: The last time I was in Washington was over a decade ago on my 8th birthday. Needless to say, I saw things a little differently this time.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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Attraction | "Hirshhorn Museum of Art"

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Maybe the Hirshorn Museum isn't the first Smithsonian most people see in Washington, but what can I say? The idea of a modern-art museum free of charge was appealing to me. It was easy to find on the big maps posted periodically around the Mall, in the shadow of the Capitol building, that show which buildings are which. Most of the families seemed to head towards the other museums, while the Hirshorn and its surrounding sculpture galleries were surprisingly peaceful. Plus, they had free lockers for coat and bag storage (that is, the quarter deposit came back when you reinserted the key - what a novel idea!). After such good luck in travel-type areas, I was pumped to visit this place. As I brow...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2005

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 633-1000

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Attraction | "National Museum of Natural History"

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I remembered that when I visited Washington as a young child, the Museum of Natural History was my favorite of all the Smithsonian’s my parents dragged us to. I was amazed to look up at the huge model animals and gaze in wonder at the dinosaur bones. I got a kick out of watching the children and reminiscing as I saw their curious faces, along with their tired and stressed parents. However, I have to say that people-watching was probably the most entertaining part of my visit. I couldn't seem to find much more that was particularly memorable. Of course, I visited the Hope Diamond, although I didn't try and push through the huge crowd to see it up close, but there's not a whole lot to study abou...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 15, 2005

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1000