Second time here in less than a year... who woulda thought.
23.07.2015 - 30.07.2015 40 °C
Had to come to DC for my sister Dana's wedding, so just made a trip of it. Stayed with my friends Lindzay and Yoshi. Helped them with some of their tea making and selling! And it was so hot! It was crazy. But it was good.
Started out at the Holocaust Museum. Wow. This was really big. And free! They only let a certain number of people in at a time so that it doesn't get too crazy crowded. I literally spent about 4 or 5 hours here. And let's beer honest: you've pretty seen it all after your 10th shoal museum/concentration camp. But there were a lot of things to look at and even a few survivors to talk to if you want.
Holocaust Memorial Museum 9.0
It was pouring rain all of a sudden, so I ran to the closest museum, the American History. Lucky I was wearing boardshorts, flipflops, and a tanktop. But the AC was out of control! I was freezing inside! A hodgepodge of artifacts from throughout history ranging from Washington's sword to James Brown's jumpsuit. A few things were interesting. Most wasn't. Maybe the coolest thing was the star-spangled banner from the war of 1812 which is like 20m across or something. And at least it's free.
American History Museum 7.0
I went to this gallery called the Phillips since it's open real late on some days. This is great if you love impressionists, surrealists, and cubists. Has some big Renoirs (whom I hate). A famous Rothko room. Some smaller works by Degas, Kandinsky, Klee, Cezanne, Manet, Miro, Gris, and some others... I did like their temporary American photography exhibit which had works from as early as the 1910s including some cool Ansel Adams.
Phillips Collection 7.5
Linz and Yoshi joined me for a trip to the Library of Congress! This is probably the most beautiful building in DC. It has old books and documents such as Jefferson's library, a Guttennburg Bible, and maps and logs from the time of the European invasion. If you get a library card you can view their collection. And there are literally dozens of good guides just floating around. And it's free!
Library Of Congress 8.5
I had a little more time, so I went to the Natural History. Not as expensive as some other nature museums, but it was pretty good. Has a large specimen collection that you could peruse, especially native species. Some live animals and a big human evolution section which was refreshing. The mineralogy section was pretty good too! I couldn't help buying some ammonites and trilobites. And it's free!
Natural History Museum 8.5