Day 28 - Washington DC

Published: October 7th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

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The Peacock Room in the Freer Gallery of Art
Today was wet and supposed to be 12 degrees, although it didn’t feel that cold at all.

Debbie took a train to Alexandria, Virginia, which is a historic town that was the original port for Washington DC and has 4200 buildings on the national register.

I took a taxi to the Freer Gallery and started a museum crawl along Independence Avenue. The Freer Gallery has American, Asian and Islamic art displays.

From this I went into the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which is an adjunct to the Freer.

I walked past the Smithsonian Castle and then into the Hirshhorn Museum, which is also called the doughnut for its construction shape. On street level in the middle (the hole), it has a fountain with statues around it and artwork in the garden around it. It houses pieces of modern art, many of which can only be described as “interesting”. They range from strategically arranged piles of concrete reinforcing steel or plastic crabs, to bowls of pearls, mobiles, photos, video images and other arrangements. There are not many museums where an Andy Warhol painting is the most “normal” thing there.

After this, I walked further down Independence Avenue

The Crab piece at the Sackler Gallery
and went into the Air and Space Museum. It was really crowded and has lots of interactive displays so it is really popular with families and children. As I am not so interested in Air or Space topics, I had a quick walk through and then headed on down to the American Indian Museum. At least it answered the question everyone has of how astronauts go to the toilet when in space.

The American Indian Museum was sparsely set up and seemed to focus on American Indians from a modern perspective, so I was glad I had been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York as it had a terrific collection, by comparison.

Next, I walked to the Crime Museum on 7th Street between E and F streets - This had a really interesting collection of stories and objects, both from the past and a floor on CSI techniques. It had loads of information about famous criminals like Bonnie and Clyde, gangsters, gangs from the wild west and modern criminals.

Finally I went to the National Portrait Gallery and walked until my legs could stand no longer and I got a taxi back
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Bowls of Pearls at the Sackler
to the hotel. This gallery had a lot of historical portraits of famous Americans, some landscapes and some modern paintings. They also had a current exhibit on US Presidents which was interesting.

Additional photos below
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Futuristic FlowersFuturistic Flowers
Futuristic Flowers

Futuristic Flowers at the Sackler
Andy WarholAndy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Flowers by Andy Warhol at the Sackler
Cube LightCube Light
Cube Light

Cube Light by Ai Weiwei at the Sackler
Hirshhorn Gallery FountainHirshhorn Gallery Fountain
Hirshhorn Gallery Fountain

The fountain in the middle of the Hirshhorn Gallery building
V2 RocketV2 Rocket
V2 Rocket

V2 Rocket at the Air and Space Museum
Space Shuttle toiletSpace Shuttle toilet
Space Shuttle toilet

Don't deny it, you have always wondered!
Missile PitMissile Pit
Missile Pit

The Missile Pit at the Air and Space Museum
Kogod CourtyardKogod Courtyard
Kogod Courtyard

The Kogod Courtyard in the middle of the National Portrait Gallery
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Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows in the National Portrait Gallery
Among the Sierra Nevada CaliforniaAmong the Sierra Nevada California
Among the Sierra Nevada California

Painting by Albert Bierstadt in the National Portrait Gallery
In the Garden In the Garden
In the Garden

Painting by Childe Hassam in the National Portrait Gallery

8th October 2012

Washington - Day 28
All that culture; looks like you'd need to spend several more days there. Mind you if I were there I'd be in the Air & Space Museum for at least two days - I'm told it is the ultimate visit for avaiation buffs.

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