{USA} In the halls of American History

June 3, 2013

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is situated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is one of the city’s most popular museums with almost 5 million visitors in 2012. It’s home to the original Star Spangled Banner, Julia Child’s kitchen, and the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, to name just a few of my favourites. The husband really enjoys the exhibition about the Presidents of the U.S., being a bit of a geeky fan of theirs (and to answer the FAQ, his favourite is Andrew Jackson because he was apparently a bit of a bad ass). It’s also the museum where I had my amazing “behind the scenes” experience this past Easter. Did I mention I got to see Ray Charles’ personal memorabilia? Awesome!

On this occasion, we didn’t just re-visit our favourites but also checked out the permanent exhibition “America on the Move”, which is the museum’s transport gallery, chronicling the development of the United States of America’s transportation system, from the coming of the railroad to the present day. Unfortunately, our number one train and automobile fan was asleep at the time! Finally, we also visited Kermit (who lives alongside the ruby slippers in the “American Stories” gallery), who was wearing a black armband in memory of Jane Henson who had died that week.

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