Saturday, October 22, 2011

Smithsonian - did you know...?

This summer, after a debate of a few days, a child and a dog sick, and a horrible weather forecast we scrapped the planned camping in the bushes and we decided a city with museums will be more appropriate.

Natural History Museum
Easy to say - hard to choose. Lots of city names have been thrown in the conversations, all with beautiful museums and history and what-not. Until I remembered our good friends visiting Washington DC in the winter and telling us something we didn't know before (and we didn't realize it is possible in our current consum society): the entry to all 19 Smithsonian Museums & Galleries (plus the Zoo) in DC is FREE. Not for children under 5, or for seniors over 75 - for every single soul. Did you know they are free?

The Diamond of Hope
I am crazy about museums - and while we get to the ROM or Ontario Science Centre or Buffalo Science Museum a few times each year... the opportunity to see the place was too good to be passed. My mother-in-law was thinking of spending time in the National Art Galleries; my son was dreaming about the Museum of Natural Science; my husband dreamed about visiting the Air and Space Museum - and I was sure I will be a happy clam.

I won't bother you about our adventures in DC - suffice to say it is a beautiful place. And if you ever get there make sure you visit:

African American History and Culture Museum
African Art Museum
Air and Space Museum
Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
American Art Museum
American History Museum
American Indian Museum
American Indian Museum Heye Center
Anacostia Community Museum
Arts and Industries Building
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Freer Gallery of Art
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
National Zoo
Natural History Museum
Portrait Gallery
Postal Museum
Renwick Gallery
Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution Building, The Castle

Since it's weekend - even if you're not that close to Washington DC, there must be a museum open nearby. Every city has one of those historical houses - and most of them are affordable (even free sometimes). Take your family and enjoy an afternoon of history or art or gardening or...

What kind of museums would you like to visit today?