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Washington D.C. Day 3: Museums Galore!
Still on the National Mall, But a Little Less Walking
In the Museum of American History, there were many pieces and artifacts (actual things) from the history of our country, the United States of America! Some of these pieces date back to the early 1600's! We had a pretty tough past, and there were lots of wars and fights, so I tried to take pictures of some of the really important pieces!
Museum of Natural History
This museum looks at the history of our planet from millions of years ago to now! It also looks at different areas of science, like the ocean or rocks and minerals! This museum was pretty busy, and had lots of cool things that I wanted to show you!
Ancient Egypt and the Mummies!
Geology is the study of rocks and minerals. There is a whole hallway just for different types of rocks! Did you know that you can turn a rock into a liquid like water? Seems sort of crazy right? All you need to do is stick it in some VERY VERY VERY hot air, add a little water and presto! Rocks, minerals and gems are actually formed in the Earth through pressure (lots of other rocks pushing down on them REALLY hard) and heat! Take a look at some of the pieces that we found!
All Sorts of Gems and Rocks!
Lots of Animals
This museum had a lot of different exhibits about people and animals. There was a section for mammals (if you remember my first blog, mammals are warm-blooded with hair or fur... like us and like dogs and cats!). There was also a section for how humans grow and change from the time we are babies until we become grown-ups! We saw lots of insects and marine (ocean) animals too!
Animals Around the Museum
The National Archives
The National Archives building is the home of some of our most important documents! The Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution! These documents date back to the 1700's, that makes them almost 350 years old! They used to be on display for everyone to see, but they've been damaged by too much sunlight and air. You can hardly see the writing anymore! The Archives are working really hard to keep these papers around for a long time, so we aren't allowed to take pictures of them anymore. I bought some replicas (or fake copies) in the gift shop, and will show them to you when I get back!
The National Archives
End of Day 3
Museums around here close early, so even though we got a lot done, Mr. Chaffee and I were not able to make it to the Air and Space museum. We are going to try to do that on Thursday!
I have a few more pictures and videos to add and share when we get back to school... so stay tuned!
On the schedule for tomorrow: Some family visiting time! Seeing my aunt and uncle in Richmond and going to the United States Marine Corps Museum!