We love travel confessions, especially when they benefit other travelers. And when BawBaw says, “Okay, I admit it: my little family is absolutely smug about its intimacy with the Smithsonian,” she’s also saying that she’s one of the best resources you’ll ever find when it comes to Washington, D.C.’s famed free tourist attractions.
With her standout reviews Doin’ the Smithsonian and Modern Art on the Mall, our 2007 U GO! Photographer of the Year shares her intimate knowledge of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and in particular the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The inside tips won through years and years of visiting with her family are all wrapped into these two reviews and their 200 photos.
"We cut our museum-going teeth under the guidance of its docents,” she says of the Smithsonian museums. “Over the years, the proximity of this national treasure to our home has enriched our lives in countless ways, large and small.” And for better or for worse: “almost from infancy,” BawBaw’s daughter has been “possessed with a mad yearning for the Hope Diamond.”
BawBaw’s hometown reviews are at once both insightful guides to Washington’s must-see museums and remembrances of what these treasures mean to her. Of the Hirshhorn’s relatively small number of visitors, she says, “This makes for a more relaxed, almost proprietary approach to viewing its treasures.” Well, we love the proprietary approach she’s taken to reviewing and photographing the fascinating collections she considers part of her family.