Tuesday we didn't have anything special to do so we took the day to do some sightseeing. Chris and I both lived in DC at times and neither of us really took advantage of the museums and other venues as we should.
We started our day at the National Archives to see the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I wish every young person had the opportunity to see these documents. There's something really special about seeing the originals. They also have a copy of the Magna Carta. There are only 4 in existence and I've now seen two of them! I saw the first one at the British Library Sept 16, 2011. The National Archives building is really worth a visit. The exhibits beyond the founding documents are really great.
Across the street from the National Archives is the US Navy Memorial.
We stopped to get this photo of Chris standing next to the statue of the Lone Sailor. There are Lone Statues at memorials around the country. Chris' Dad donated to this particular one so we thought it would be good to get a photo of him next to it.
Next it was off to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a quilt exhibit! If you are around the DC area before April 27 please do not miss the Workt by Hand exhibit. The quilts are from the Brooklyn museum and are all fabulous. It's one of the best museum quilt exhibits that I've ever seen. You can see some of the best photos here. I bought the exhibit book and it has some excellent up close photographs of the quilts.
After lunch we visited the Natural History Museum (we always love the gems and rocks) and the American History Museum. I used to love the American History Museum. It's not very interesting anymore. It has become so politically correct that there's barely anything left on display there. What a waste.
I finally got to see the new WWII memorial. I've heard that some people don't like it but I liked it a lot. I think it was sited appropriately and that the memorial reflects the honor and magnitude of the sacrifice of that generation. I took this photo of the Pacific side since that's where Chris' Dad served. There were dignitaries visiting at the same time. You can see the Secret Service people to each side of you look close.
You can't visit the Mall without a visit to the Lincoln Memorial. I love reading the Gettysburg Address and his second inagural. He didn't have speechwritiers like today's politicians. He didn't need them.
My favorite war memorial is the Korean War Memorial. I don't know anyone who served in this war but I think this memorial is one of the most impactful.
I am told that this memorial is really eerie in the evening and in snow.
Look at the expressions on the faces. How do sculptors do that?
After the memorials we ended our day at the Hirshhorn Museum to see some contemporary art. What the heck is it about modern art museums? I've been to the Tate in London, the Guggenheim in NYC and now the Hirshhorn and they were all a mess. In every museum we visited that day the people who worked there were very nice and the museums were clean and well lit. IN all 3 modern art museums I found the staff less than helpful and the museums messy and not well kept. When I visited the Tate it was dirty, the Guggenheim was a construction disaster and nothing was labeled properly. The Hirshhorn was dark and the only way to get between floors was a tiny elevator in a corner that no one bothered to point out.
It didn't ruin the day and it got us to happy hour a little earlier than we planned so all was not lost!