A May 2005 trip
to Washington, D.C. by scorn mediocrity
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.
Attraction | "Hirshhorn Museum of Art"
As I browsed, I realized that the circular museum (the building is literally a ring with open space in the middle) was everything I've ever dreamed of in gallery placement. Walking along corridors and around a circle instead of choosing from rooms branching off in every direction made my viewing experience much less stressful than some I've had. Not to mention, the design allowed for plenty of windows and good, natural viewing light. To be honest, the collection wasn't anything spectacular, but the museum was the perfect size to visit in an afternoon, and there was enough variety to hold my interest.
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
Attraction | "National Museum of Natural History"
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 about a big blue rock. I went to see the dinos and the other big exhibits, but it felt to me that the majority of the museum was simply filler for a few popular items. Of course, there was quite a bit of construction going on, but most of the galleries were open. I guess everything really does seem a lot bigger when you're a kid. Perhaps I had simply visited too many other natural history museums with other approaches. At least I can say that I learned the average height of an Egyptian woman in 500 BC.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 15, 2005
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Houghton, New York