Washington, D.C. Journals

Visiting the Smithsonian While Studying in DC

Best of IgoUgo

A January 2006 trip to Washington, D.C. by kwasiak

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Here I will review the Smithsonian Museums I visit while studying in DC for the spring 2006 semester.

Visiting the Smithsonian While Studying in DC

Overview

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
I have seen some of the Smithsonian Museums before moving here for the semester, but it had been many years, and I decided to try and visit as many as I could during my free time. The first museum I visited this semester was the National Postal Museum and it is by far my favorite museum, although it is one of the smallest. I love collecting stamps and have worked at the Postal History Foundation in my hometown of Tucson. It was fun to see artifacts to go with the history of the post office that I already knew and to learn more about the post office.Quick Tips: All Smithsonian museums are free to get into, but some require a timed entry ticket, such as the American Indian Museum.Best Way T...Read More

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Museum of American History - 2nd Floor"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
The National Museum of American History is located on the National Mall. The closest metro station is Federal Triangle, which is located on the Blue and Orange Lines. The museum is open every day, excepy Christmas, from 10am to 5:30pm.This is on my first visit to the Museum, where I spent over three hours, but only saw the exhibits on the 2nd floor, which is the floor you enter the museum on. The first thing you see as you enter the museum is a United States Flag hanging fromt the ceiling. This is where the original Star Spangled Banner once hung. The flag that now hangs here was the one hung over the damaged side of the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001. Another prominent object is located...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2006

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

The National Postal Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Postal Museum"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
Quote:
The Postal History Museum is located across the street from Union Station, the nearest metro stop, which operates on the Red Line. The Museum is housed on the lower level of the historic City Post Office that was used as DC's main post office from 1914 to 1986.The first exhibit you encounter contains vehicles that were at one time or another used to transport the mail. There are airplanes hanging from the ceiling and postal trucks, a carriage, and a train car on the ground. Also, in this area you will find some post office street drop boxes that have been converted to display movies about postal history, where you would normally drop a letter. My favorite thing in this exhibit was the mach...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2006

The National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
(202) 633-5555

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Museum of American History - 1st Floor"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
The National Museum of American History is located on the National Mall. The closest metro station is Federal Triangle, which is located on the Blue and Orange Lines. You can also use the Smithsonian station, which runs on the same lines. The museum is open every day, excepy Christmas, from 10am to 5:30pm.I visited the 1st and 3rd Floors on my second visit to this Museum, but I feel each floor deserves its own entry like the 2nd floor received. When entering the building for Constitution Avenue you enter on the 1st floor. The first floor also contains a Subway restaurant that I noticed was crowed all afternoon during my Sunday visit.One of the exhibits I enjoyed exploring was O...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2006

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Museum of American History - 3rd Floor"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
The National Museum of American History is located on the National Mall. The closest metro station is Federal Triangle, which is located on the Blue and Orange Lines. You can also use the Smithsonian station, which runs on the same lines. The museum is open every day, excepy Christmas, from 10am to 5:30pm.I visited the 1st and 3rd Floors on my second visit to this Museum, but I feel each floor deserves its own entry like the 2nd floor received. 3rd floor is the top floor of the Museum and is either one or two levels up depending on what entrance you enter the museum from.Probably the most popular exhibit on this floor is the American Presidency Exhibit. It definitely had more p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "National Air and Space Museum"

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
The National Air and Space Museum is located on the National Mall. The closest metro station is L'Enfant Plaza, which is located on the Blue and Orange Lines. You can also use the Smithsonian station, which runs on the same lines. The museum is open every day, except Christmas, from 10am to 5:30pm.The National Air and Space Museum is not only the most popular Smithsonian Museum, but also the most visited museum in the whole world. You can enter the building from either Independence Avenue or the National Mall. The first exhibit you will encounter no matter which way you enter is the Milestones of Flight exhibit. There are a variety of aircrafts displayed from the ceiling in this exhibit. J...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2006

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC