Different days brought visits to different SMITHSONIANS! We watched a hilarious video with Ben Stiller about the Smithsonians in the castle, and it was super motivating. Of course, the movie, Night at the Museum had done its part in that area as well. In all, we only went to four of the smithsonians, but we were on a time limit. The Museum of American History was a favorite because of the pop culture area. The original Star-spangled Banner was there as well. It was so touching as the girls broke out in song of our national anthem as we were standing there in front of the glass, gazing at the stars and stripes. Some soldiers were standing there enjoying the moment as well, and applauded afterwards. It was a special moment we shared with strangers who shared the same history.
This was a grand doll house full of ideas for playing.
Dorothy's shoes from The Wizard of Oz got our attention, FOR SURE!
This picture was taken for a special friend, who loves the Muppets!
This is Lincoln's top hat! Amazing!
Another museum was the Natural History Smithsonian. We were all in goofy moods this day, and we took all kinds of crazy pictures. Most of them were on the verge of irreverent, especially if you are a museum connoisseur.
My point exactly!
Guess they just saw a grizzly!
Watching a video about the evolution of man included a monkey in the crowd. Our bunch know what they believe, cause as they traveled through this portion of the museum, they all made up a chant about "I ain't no monkey....didn't come from one either!" Oh my!
We found the Dum-Dum statue at the exit and had to stop and pose!
Another day we traveled out to Dulles Airport for the newest Smithsonian. It is the second Air and Space Museum. It is spectacular. We were basically in a hanger with a plethora of air craft. Aaron had been waiting on seeing this Blackbird and did a great job of educating all of us on its magestic-ness! It was super cool!
There were a few pieces of 9/11 in a display. It included a piece of the World Trade Center and a piece of the Pentagon.
This aircraft, the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, is the one the atomic bomb was dropped from in Hiroshima, Japan. It is massive and has a story all its own!
There is a portion of the hanger that is designated to space travel. There is an actual size Shuttle in it. The rocket boosters are HUGE! The display of how things have progressed from the beginning of our space adventures was interesting...and strangely odd as I thought about these vessels being out in space.