The Smithsonian


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Carmen on July 10, 2000

There is so much to see at the Smithsonian that you can't possibly take it all in one day, much less one trip. My favorite spots to visit are the Air and Space Museum, the art galleries and the Museum of Natural History (with the dinosaurs). The Air and Space museum features the Wright Brothers' first plane, some of the capsules from the Apollo missions, etc., and has the best gift shop. Make sure to view the educational movies, which are extremely interesting and enlightening about America's space program. The Natural History Museum has, of course, the dinosaurs. No matter how old you are, when you see the big bones standing in front of you, you can't help but utter a 'wow.' There's also a really cool fossil that is a big fish that swallowed a little fish, and a HUGE shark's jaw. In the art museum, you can view the great works by the great artists. My favorite is 'Little Girl with a Watering Can' (by whom, I can't remember), Monet's 'Water Lillies,' and Sureat's paintings, which we always called Sureat the Dot, because of the way he paints with the dots creating the image. I also like the museum that features all of the popular culture icons, like Fonz's jacket and Dorothy's ruby slippers.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, D.C., United States, 2002
(202) 633-1000

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