Visit to DC: Part II-Smithsonian & Newseum
My boyfriend and I drove to Washington DC as our Valentine's Day gift to get out of the city for the weekend, see some of my buddies from college and explore unfamiliar territory (read more here). After driving down on Friday, we had all Saturday to do whatever we wanted. We decided on the Smithsonian which can easily take up a full day. We went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum first. I especially like the Mammals and Gems and Minerals exhibit.
The Natural History Museum got really crowded in the late afternoon, so we then walked to the Air and Space Museum. I actually remember the museum from my 7th grade Government class trip, but Kevin wanted to check it out, so I saw it again. He especially liked the AirCraft: Jet as Art exhibit.
“This collection of 33 photographic archival-pigment prints by photographer, graphic designer, and architect Jeffery Milstein reveal the power and elegance of aircraft in flight and transform aviation technology into fine art.”
AirCraft: Jet as Art
On Sunday after brunch, Kevin and I went to the Newseum, and I'm SO happy we went. Normally, I never do this, but since we knew we had limited time before we had to get back on the road to Manhattan, we joined an hour long guided tour. It was actually a very wise decision because our guide was not only able to guide us throughout the Newseum to check out all of the different exhibits available that we might not have gotten to had we wandered about ourselves, the guide was also very knowledgeable about each exhibit within Newseum. Being in media myself, I found the Newseum especially interesting.
Newspaper headlines after 9/11
A section of the Berlin Wall
My favorite exhibit at Newseum is the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. The photographs are so moving and evoke so many different emotions, and it's amazing that a single still image can tell a story. There is also a film called ”A Glimpse of Life: The Pulitzer Photographs” that plays in the exhibit that is equally enjoyable. The film shows some of the Pulitzer Prize winning photographs with commentary from the photographers about those important moments. One of my favorite quotes in the film from John White: “You look at Pulitzer Prize pictures and they're
not front page stories, they're stories about…people.”
We had such a blast in DC, and I'm looking forward to going back again. I definitely recommend checking out the Smithsonian and Newseum to anyone visiting DC.
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