Tag Archives: Washington DC

Hidden Gem: US Navy Museum

July 3, 2013


I’ve been visiting Washington, D.C. on and off since 2001 and yet, it was only this year that I discovered the existence of the National Museum of the US Navy. Long time readers of Museum Diary will know how much I love my “hidden gems”, so of course it had to go on our itinerary. The museum is located on the Navy Base, down by the waterfront in the SE quadrant of the city, and chronicles the history of the U.S. Navy from the American […]

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{USA} In the halls of American History

June 3, 2013


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 […]

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Please, Mr. Postman

May 29, 2013


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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The Building Zone

May 24, 2013


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our “Kids in Museums” tour of Washington, D.C.  One museum space we were particularly impressed with, which I though deserved a post of its own, was the “Building Zone” at the National Building Museum. The Building Zone is a hands-on gallery which introduces children aged 2-6 to the building arts. The exploratory activities cover different areas related to the topic. Naturally, one big focus is on building things, and kids can use different materials, from hand sized […]

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Museums & the Movies: The Wizard of Oz

May 3, 2013


If you’re familiar with my features on museums and the movies, you might be thinking right now “Where does a museum feature in the Wizard of Oz?” Well, it doesn’t. Previously I’ve focused on museums on the big screen, but this time I thought I’d turn it round and look at things from on the big screen that have ended up in a museum. The Movie: The Wizard of Oz, MGM, 1939, notable for its musical score – for which it received an Academy Award […]

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{USA} A Newsworthy Museum

May 1, 2013


Every since my first visit to Washington, D.C., I’ve wanted to visit the Newseum. We associate news with something that’s happening right now, something that’s new. If it’s no longer current, we talk of it as old news. But ‘old news’ also documents our history, so I was fascinated by the idea of a museum all about ‘The News’. The museum bills itself as a place where “five centuries of news history meets up-to-the-second technology” (visitor brochure). You start your visit in the basement concourse, […]

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