Choose Our Adventure: Smithsonian Edition

Choose Our Adventure: Smithsonian Edition

RJ and I (Kari) both LOVE museums!!! We love them! Museums are so much fun because they are filled with unique and special things. Since we reside in the DC area we are blessed to be near some of the finest museums in the world and we enjoyed In particular the museums that are part of the Smithsonian. We love these museums so much that we usually have trouble deciding which one to go to. Now that the weather is warming up and the blossoms will soon be out and lovely- we need a day in the city!  So, we decided to let our dear readers choose which museum that we will go to for our first museum day of the year. Our readers do such a great job of sending us on fun adventures via Choose Our Adventure  that we’re sure you’ll send us somewhere really fun! We’ve even asked our friends at the Smithsonian Museums for some help and asked them why you should vote for them!

Here are our nominations for our Choose Our Adventure: Smithsonian Edition.

National Portrait Gallery- photo courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery- photo courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

1. The National Portrait Gallery

We love art and we love biographies and in a really neat way this museum combines our love of both. There is a bust of Louisa May Alcott that I (Kari) was just stunned by on our fist visit to this museum. It’s amazing to see portraits of people whose name you know, but whose face you may not be familiar with.

The National Portrait Gallery thinks you should vote for them because:

The Portrait Gallery is a meeting place for you and for those who have influenced American history and culture. Here, depicted in all media, are America’s most fascinating people who have shaped this country. The museum also explores the boundaries of portrayal through innovative exhibitions that feature the newest forms of depicting people. Vote for the Portrait Gallery and choose to meet someone new.

It sounds like fun- we love meeting new people!

2. National Museum of Natural History

How can you not like a museum that contains items that represent two of my childhood loves- dinosaurs and fine jewelry? RJ loves dinosaurs too!  I’ve only been to this museum once (I know, it’s shocking) and it’s a majestic museum.

The Museum of Natural History thinks that you should vote for them because:

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s great repositories of scientific and cultural heritage, home to more than 127 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. The Hope Diamond, the O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion, and the Dinosaur Hall are perennial favorites with visitors to the museum’s main building on the National Mall. Current notable exhibitions include Orchids of Latin America (featuring thousands of live orchids in an indoor garden), Written in Bone, and the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals with its most recent additions: the Dom Pedro Aquamarine and Cindy Chao Royal Butterfly Brooch.

They have a Butterfly Pavilion and orchids, too? Wow!

The scale of this museum is so grand that this is how to cool it looks when they change a light bulb- photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space

The scale of this museum is so grand that this is how to cool it looks when they change a light bulb- photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Museum of Air and Space

3. National Air and Space Museum

This museum is so cool because the scale of the exhibits and items on exhibit are so huge. When you think that they are items that have actually been in the sky or on the moon- it’s so crazy cool! RJ and I still sing a little song that we saw in a kid’s exhibit on the solar system when we visited we were in college.

The National Air and Space Museum thinks that you should vote for them because:

It is a museum that celebrates creativity, accomplishment and ingenuity. You can see the 1903 Wright Flyer that first took mankind off the ground with powered heavier than air flight and then see the Apollo 11 command module “Columbia” that safely took three men to the Moon and back in 1969. It only took 66 years to go from flying to space travel! How amazing is that? You can touch a Moon rock! You can see John Glenn’s silver spacesuit and Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega as well as the Stardust capsule which made a 2 billion-mile roundtrip to rendezvous with Comet Wild 2, capture comet and interstellar dust and return bearing these primordial solar system “treasures” for analysis on Earth in 2006. All that AND you can buy astronaut ice cream at the museum gift shop.

Whoa, Amelia Earhart (we love her) and touching moon rocks- that’s awesome! And astronaut ice cream, too!

4. National Museum of American History

Since RJ and I love both pop culture and Presidential history so much of course we love this museum! It’s got everything about America: from the dresses of America’s First Ladies to movie costumes and props. This museum contains all manner of items that are quintessentially American from The Star- Spangled Banner (the flag that inspired our national anthem) to a covered wagon. It’s a fascinating museum down to the fascinating trinkets and memorabilia that line the artifact walls.

Now the voting is up to our readers! Decide which museum we will spend our first museum day of the year at! We’ll let you know what exhibits we liked and we’ll share all about the food and gift shop, too!

Here’s how you can vote: The voting is open now and will close at 12:00pm, Eastern on Wednesday March 27th, 2013.  You may vote either by indicating number 1- 4 or by saying Portrait Gallery or Air and Space, etc in the comment section below.  Every reader gets two votesone votes for here on the blog in the comment section and one for our poll on our Facebook page. If you don’t have access to Facebook but want to claim both of your votes, please just say that you don’t have Facebook when you vote ( in the comment section) and then you may use both votes in a single comment on this page.

Happy Voting! We know that you’ll send us some place awesome because any of these museums would be an absolute treat to visit!