Tag Archives: Washington DC

‘Tis the Season

November 27, 2013

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It’s only a couple more days until Advent and the countdown to Christmas starts, and with many museums putting on fun seasonal activities I thought I’d highlight some of my favourites during December. Obviously I can’t make listings for all cities and countries around the world, so I’m focusing on the three places I know best: Berlin, Edinburgh/Scotland, and Washington D.C. So, here’s what I am or would be looking forward to! If your looking for some Christmas craft activities, at the Deutsches Technikmuseum children can […]

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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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Fair Weather Museum Roundup

August 28, 2013

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We’ve almost reached the end of August, but with a little bit of luck it’s not the end of summer. Or maybe we’ll have a golden Autumn. Whatever the season, when the weather is fair, there are plenty of outdoors museum destinations to head to. Here’s a round up of some of my favourites that have featured on Museum Diary. Open Air Museums Domäne Dahlem, Berlin, Germany Historic Village of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan Museumsdorf Düppel, Berlin, Germany St Fagan’s National History Museum, near Cardiff, Wales […]

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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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Summer Sightseeing: Tudor Place Gardens

August 7, 2013

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Continuing with my fair weather museum recommendations, I’ve dug deep in to my archive of notes, to a place I visited over 10 years ago on my first trip to Washington, D.C. But although the individual scenes from the photographs may have changed slightly, the place is still there, offering a welcome escape from the bustling city centre and cool shade from the summer sunshine on the Mall, amidst its leafy greens. Tudor Place is a federal-style mansion in Georgetown Heights dating back to the […]

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All Aboard the USS Barry

July 5, 2013

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The USS Barry is moored at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and the perfect place to finish off a visit to the US Navy Museum next door. Measuring over 420 feet long, it took us a good half hour to take a self-guided tour of the vessel.  Named after the Revolutionary War naval hero, Commodore John Barry, the former Destroyer began her new career as a Display Ship in 1984 , and is also used for training and ceremonial purposes. Just as a word […]

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