Even More Museums

Frost on the windshield!  This is not a good thing for us snowbirds!  We’re holding off until after Thanksgiving so we can spend that time with our kids, but as soon as that is over we’re heading for warmer weather.

Bernie Scraping off the Morning Frost

But until then we are exploring Washington DC and all it has to offer.  There is so much to see and do here, it’s incredible.  This is our second time visiting this area and I’m sure we return next year.

Today we went to nearby historic Georgetown.  We found the Old Stone House, built in 1765, the oldest known structure remaining in Washington DC.  Now owned by the National Park Service it is another free attraction.  Then we walked around the downtown area which is loaded with shops and restaurants.  We decided on lunch at a little place called Booeymonger.

Old Stone House, 1765

Back to the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museums.  This time we chose the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Wonderful!

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

We were able to view the 45.52 carat Hope Diamond, the most popular exhibit in the place.  It’s a very big and beautiful diamond, that’s for sure.

The Hope Diamond

Another major exhibit was this gigantic snake discovered in 2004, about 45 feet long, and shown here swallowing an alligator.

Titanoboa: Monster Snake

There are many wonderful exhibits including dinosaurs and gems and minerals (bones & stones). We moved through the museum rather quickly as we also wanted to see the National Air and Space Museum.  I’m sure we will be back here the next time we are in DC.

National Air and Space Museum

What a great day, two awesome museums!  The National Air and Space Museum has lots of cool stuff.  The very first thing did was touch a moon rock.

Moon Rock

Charles Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis

The actual plane built and flown by the Wright Brothers in 1903

Another awesome museum experience.  There are lots of planes and rockets and interactive displays as well as IMAX films, and so much more.  We’ll be back here again too.

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