Tuesday, June 30, 2015

D.C. - Day 2

Today was our museum day. After visiting Dachau 18 years ago, I've wanted to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Unable to confirm tickets online last week, I was prepared to stand in line for a *really* long time in hopes of getting in today. Fortunately, they were having a membership drive - so our family is now a member of the museum, and we were able to walk right in. Definitely a cause I was happy to support - and honestly, I would have donated to the museum anyway.  

The children's exhibit was very well done, and we followed Dayna's lead to see how she would handle the permanent exhibits. She told us when she was ready to leave, and Dan took the girls up the street to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum while I stayed behind.

From there, we ate a very overpriced lunch (the girls shared $10 cheese and crackers!) at the Smithsonian Castle. The gardens were beautiful and peaceful in the middle of the bustling city.

After lunch, we headed to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. While I was unable to take a picture of the Star-Spangled Banner, seeing it in person was an amazing experience that leaves me speechless.

Many other artifacts were fascinating and fun to see, including Dorothy's ruby slippers, Julia Child's cookware, and the lunch counter where four African American students staged the first sit-in during the Civil Rights movement.

Our day ended with a trip to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and our nation's Constitution.

And some little cuties hamming it up for (and with) the cameras today.

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