So Hannah and I got off at the Metro station near her work. She directed me as to how to get to the National Mall where all the Smithsonian museums are and then headed into her office building. I continued down the street a little ways to visit the first museum on my "to do" list: the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
|Me and a koala bear, haha|
|Jewelry that the French Emperor Napoleon gave to his wife.|
After I finished up at the Natural History museum, I headed next door to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. If there had been no one else around, I probably would have released several audible sighs and squeals of delight. But, alas, I wanted to be considerate of my fellow tourists so I kept my reactions to the awesomeness surrounding me in check. I saw the original Star-Spangled Banner! I learned some of the history of how changes in transportation in America have transformed our cities and lifestyles. I learned the evolution of American eating habits in the Food Exhibit. I saw the dresses that each of America's first ladies have worn to their husband's presidential inaugurations. I absolutely loved the Americans At War Exhibition! I seriously got a little teary-eyed while watching a short video presentation at the end of the war exhibition. How can you not get emotional when images of war are flashing across the screen while a reading of the Gettysburg Address is playing in the background? Do you have a heart? ;)
|In the Food Exhibition! My Mom had a crockpot just like this one!|
|WWII poster in commemoration of the events at Pearl Harbor.|
|The shoes Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz.|
|Jackie Kennedy's Inauguration dress.|
|George Washington's sword during the French and Indian War.|
|The chairs Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant sat in to settle the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox near the end of the American Civil War.|
My first full day in Washington, D.C. was immensely successful! Next stop: MOUNT VERNON!