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Washington D.C. Day 3: Museums Galore!

Updated on April 14, 2015

Still on the National Mall, But a Little Less Walking

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Museum of American History Washington DC:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, National Mall, Washington, DC 20001, USA

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Museum of Natural History Washington DC:
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, National Mall, Washington, DC 20560, USA

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National Archives Washington DC:
National Archives & Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20

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Air and Space Museum Washington DC:
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, National Mall, 600 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washing

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American History

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!

This is a sarcophogus or coffin that holds a real mummy! Remember we talked in class before going to RISD Museum that mummies are NON-living things! They do not move anymore!
This is a sarcophogus or coffin that holds a real mummy! Remember we talked in class before going to RISD Museum that mummies are NON-living things! They do not move anymore!
Computers now are so great that we can use them to try to come up with a picture of what the person might have looked like before they became a mummy!
Computers now are so great that we can use them to try to come up with a picture of what the person might have looked like before they became a mummy!
The inside of the sarcophogus was decorated with pictures showing the persons trip to the "afterlife". There, they would be judged to see if they were a good or a bad person!
The inside of the sarcophogus was decorated with pictures showing the persons trip to the "afterlife". There, they would be judged to see if they were a good or a bad person!

Geology

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!

Rocks and Minerals come in many different shapes and sizes!
Rocks and Minerals come in many different shapes and sizes!
They might even look prickly like a cactus!
They might even look prickly like a cactus!
What 3D shapes do you see in this one? Remember, a 3D shape is one that "pops out" at you!
What 3D shapes do you see in this one? Remember, a 3D shape is one that "pops out" at you!
They also come in many colors!
They also come in many colors!
This mineral is a tube filled with different crystals!
This mineral is a tube filled with different crystals!
This one is taller than me!
This one is taller than me!
All stones and minerals come from deep within the Earth, where they formed over thousands of years. Yes.... even Gold like this!
All stones and minerals come from deep within the Earth, where they formed over thousands of years. Yes.... even Gold like this!
Or Silver (on the left) and Copper (on the right)!
Or Silver (on the left) and Copper (on the right)!
Some minerals even glow in the dark!
Some minerals even glow in the dark!
Fossils are skeletons of things that used to be alive, and that formed into the stone over tens of thousands of years! You might even find one in your backyard someday!
Fossils are skeletons of things that used to be alive, and that formed into the stone over tens of thousands of years! You might even find one in your backyard someday!
Meteorites are pieces of stone that fall from space to the Earth! They help us answer many questions about what might be in space!
Meteorites are pieces of stone that fall from space to the Earth! They help us answer many questions about what might be in space!
AuW, remember I told you about the really big diamond in Washington? This is it! This is the Hope Diamond! It is flawless, dark blue and is considered unlucky! Not all diamonds are clear or white, they come in many different colors!
AuW, remember I told you about the really big diamond in Washington? This is it! This is the Hope Diamond! It is flawless, dark blue and is considered unlucky! Not all diamonds are clear or white, they come in many different colors!

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 view of the gallery from the Second Floor. Yup... that's un elefante! He is non-living and used for display (or to show people what they look like)...
The view of the gallery from the Second Floor. Yup... that's un elefante! He is non-living and used for display (or to show people what they look like)...
A Triceratops fossil! Triceratops were herbivores. That means that they ate plants! Don't let the horns fool you, they only used those to protect themselves!
A Triceratops fossil! Triceratops were herbivores. That means that they ate plants! Don't let the horns fool you, they only used those to protect themselves!
This T-Rex on the other hand was a carnivore, a meat eater! His teeth are much sharper than the Triceratops! He was also very tall!
This T-Rex on the other hand was a carnivore, a meat eater! His teeth are much sharper than the Triceratops! He was also very tall!
And this..... is Dino poop! Again, it's a fossil! It sat under the ground for tens of thousands of years and hardened into a stone! Everything does it!
And this..... is Dino poop! Again, it's a fossil! It sat under the ground for tens of thousands of years and hardened into a stone! Everything does it!
In the "Ocean" exhibit, we found Nemo!
In the "Ocean" exhibit, we found Nemo!
And of course... Dory!
And of course... Dory!
This Giant Squid was caught in a fishing net in 2001!
This Giant Squid was caught in a fishing net in 2001!
Just it's head was about three feet long! With it's tentacles, it was almost 12 feet! This one was a young female. They think she was about 2 or 3 years old!
Just it's head was about three feet long! With it's tentacles, it was almost 12 feet! This one was a young female. They think she was about 2 or 3 years old!

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

Like a lot of buildings in Washington, there are a lot of columns (long poles of stone) outside of the Archives!
Like a lot of buildings in Washington, there are a lot of columns (long poles of stone) outside of the 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!

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