Washington

National Portrait Gallery – Washington 


On our final day in Washington we decided to finish our museum journey at the National Portrait Gallery. My main motivation for visiting was to see the portrait of Benjamin Franklin and pose with the same judgemental smirk on my face. Now my motives are clear, I want to quickly add that as soon as we entered the gallery, we discovered there was so much more to see.  (more…)

National Museum of American History and the National Air and Space Museum – Washington 

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I mentioned in a previous post that the last time we were in Washington we visited almost every Smithsonian. For some reason, the Air and Space Museum was not on our list. This is probably because my desire to see objects from space didn’t really develop until after we visited the Kennedy Space Center. To this day, I still haven’t experienced anything quite like seeing the Atlantis Space Shuttle. It continues to give me goosebumps. With this in mind, we made sure to  fit the Air and Space Museum into our schedule.  (more…)

National Museum of African American History and Culture – Washington 

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September 2016. It continues to be one of the most popular and visited Smithsonian Museums in Washington. After visiting the National Museum of American History, honestly the bar was set quite low for what to expect. I will definitely write about that later. As opposed to some of the other Smithsonians, this museum felt innovative and up-to-date. Even before walking into any exhibition you could already start to see this through the architecture of the building itself. (more…)

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Washington 

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Last time we were in Washington I think we must have sprinted to see every single Smithsonian Museum. After returning to Australia, I soon started my Masters of Museum & Heritage Studies. Throughout this course, I learnt so much about the Holocaust Memorial Museum. I absolutely regretted not visiting! It was first on my to-see list if I ever returned to Washington. Luckily, the opportunity came, and I was able to see the museum with this knowledge in mind. Not only do I want to discuss the permanent exhibition that covers three floors, but also, the temporary exhibition “Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story”. (more…)

National Museum of Women in the Arts – Washington 

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I am already breaking the promise I made yesterday about posting every second day. This is because I am literally too excited not to write about the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Before I begin, I am going to assume there are people out there who would say “where is the museum for men in the arts?” Walk into any art gallery in the world and I challenge you to find a greater representation of women artists to men. You’ve already got your museums of men in the arts, visited by literally millions every year. There are of course exceptions, but, there are so few. Now that’s said and done, I can drop my imaginary mic and write on. (more…)