Tag Archives: Washington D.C.

Curvilinear & Indigenous: the National Museum of the American Indian

May 17, 2013


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian holds one of the world’s largest collections of Native American artefacts and actually consists of three facilities: the Cultural Resources Centre in Maryland, the George Gustav Heye Center in New York, and the museum building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with its curvilinear architecture and indigenous landscaping. It was the latter that we visited during our Spring visit to Washington, D.C., specifically the three permanent galleries “Our Lives: Contemporary Life and Identities”, “Our Peoples: Giving […]

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{USA} Up, Up and Away

April 17, 2013


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. Located on the National Mall in down town Washington, D.C., it “maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics*.” With around 7 to 8 million visitors a year, it is one of the most visited museums in the […]

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{USA} National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

April 3, 2013

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On our first day in Washington, D.C., we headed down to the National Mall full of enthusiasm to take on the Smithsonian and all its museums. #MuseumBaby had voiced a preference to “go see the animals”, so we were heading for the National Museum of Natural History, but shortly before we arrived he was overcome with jetlag so we took a stroll around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture garden while he had a wee snooze. The Sculpture Garden includes “seventeen works from the Gallery’s […]

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“They took all the trees, put ’em in a tree museum”

June 29, 2012


“They took all the trees, put ‘em in a tree museum And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em” (Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi) I first visited the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, D.C., which is located within the United States National Arboretum, long before I started this blog and then again in 2005 when I took these photos. Surrounded by miniature trees displayed on pedestals and all neatly labeled, you can’t help but be reminded of […]

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