Tag Archives: Smithsonian Postal Museum

MuseumABC – K to O

September 25, 2013

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As you may have heard by now, things are a bit different on Museum Diary this week. I’m sharing my A to Z choices for the MuseumABC project, which we’re running over at Museum140 for Social Media week. There’s more info on the project itself, and how you can get involved, on the Museum140 website. Here is my selection for the letters K to O: K is for…Kids in Museums A topic close to my heart. Why not check out the Kids-in-Museums archive on Museum Diary! […]

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Conversation Starters

September 9, 2013

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When we were in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, we – of course – visited my beloved National Postal Museum. I’ve already written about our visit in general, but I wanted to add a bit about their current special exhibition, which runs until January 2014. The exhibition is called “Fire and Ice”, and focuses on the Hindenburg and Titanic, both of which came to a tragic end. In case you’re wondering about the postal link, both were carrying mail. I was super excited to discover, […]

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Museum City Guide: My Top 5 in Washington, D.C.

August 26, 2013

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We’ve come to the end of of this summer’s Museum City Guide series. You may already have guessed what the last city to be featured is. After my current home stomping ground Berlin, and the home of my heart, Edinburgh, there’s another museum city that is very special to me, and that’s Washington, D.C. The first thing that springs to most people’s minds, when they think of Washington, D.C. and museums, is ‘The Smithsonian’, and while it has many great museums to offer, there is […]

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Museum Craft Corner: Mail Art

May 31, 2013

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In my last post I shared my love for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum with you. I really wish I lived closer (though I think that about many museums!)and could attend some of the great events and activities that they offer, but I just have to satisfy myself with watching from afar. One of my favourite events so far was their Mail Art Workshop, which inspired people to return to the art of letter writing, which is dying out a bit in this day’s digital […]

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Please, Mr. Postman

May 29, 2013

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Washington, D.C. is full of big, impressive and amazing museums. But as a champion for the underdog, my favourite is the National Postal Museum, the Smithsonian’s little brother to its millions of visitors pulling big siblings on the National Mall. And hey, they even *do* have a dog! Situated next to Union Station, it’s appropriately located in the old Post Office building and was actually created in an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in the early 1990s. I’ve written more […]

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Kids in Museums: Washington, D.C. Edition

April 29, 2013

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When I tell people we went to see 17 different museums and galleries (well, 16 + the Zoo, but it’s a Smithsonian too) during our holiday in Washington, D.C., responses have included “how can you take them all in?” and “you must be insane, and with a toddler in tow too!” First of all, we were there for two weeks and we didn’t really do much else than visit museums – D.C. is like a proverbial sweetie shop for museum lovers – so that makes […]

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