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Going Postal

In Museums on May 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

So, I made a detour up to Takoma today (wouldn’t venture there at night, if I were you. I wouldn’t exactly rush back during the day either…) to meet the Director of the National Museum of  Health and Medicine , which was based at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre until April – it’s now in the process of moving to a new site and will be reopening in May of 2012 – based on the enthusiasm of Dr Adrianne Noe (sadly pronounced No-eee, not Dr No) and the description of their collections, it’s going to be well worth the visit.

Anyhoo, that’s a sidetrack. On the way back I hopped off the metro at Union Station to make a visit that I have been looking forward to to another Smithsonian – the National Postal Museum.

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A museum that already beat me to the title pun – Newseum!

In Museums on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

After the disappointment of the building museum, I decided to hit up the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, so off I wandered to Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon arriving, I was told I couldn’t cross the road for at least 15 minutes, to my right, to my left, or infront of me, pretty much trapping me on the one block.

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If you build it…

In Museums on May 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

Today we have another tale of two museums, and I begin with a museum that was recommended by several people – the National Building Museum.

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Behind the Scenes Special: Gunston Hall

In Behind-the-Scenes on May 24, 2011 at 3:18 am

Once again, the NPS came through for me and there was a Behind-the-Scenes Daytrip to Virginia! This time to Gunston Hall:

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Day Trip: Alexandria, part 1

In General on May 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm

After a disappointing morning at the Pentagon City Mall (*gasp* that’s not a MUSEUM!), I took an impromptu ride over to Virginia, to visit Old Town Alexandria:

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…but they aren’t from India?

In Museums on May 19, 2011 at 12:48 am

As promised, the second trip of the fateful day of two cultural excursions – the National Museum of the American Indian.

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E Pluribus Tourum

In General on May 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I have been slacking, and I apologise. But! I shall write a  double whammy this evening (and hopefully knock a dissertation plan out of the park as well. Don’t worry – I won’t make you read that) and you shall have two Washington sights to ponder, one good, and one bad. But which will be which?! First – the Capitol…

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Day Trip: Annapolis

In Historic Houses on May 13, 2011 at 1:37 am

If ever a city looked like a village of dollhouses, Annapolis would be it.

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My House in Dupont

In Historic Houses on May 12, 2011 at 1:59 am

As mentioned previously, I’m in the USA mainly because of the National Park Service. Part of that is HABS, the Historic American Building Survey. They document the historic buildings of the US, unsurprisingly, and I’m helping to research one of the most mental houses in Washington. This, ladies and gents, is the Perry Belmont Mansion:

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In Museums on May 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

So, I’ve been in DC for a week, and I have only managed one half of one Smithsonian. Bad Laura! Very bad museum nerd! This had to change. So, I moved systematically on to the next door neighbour of NMAH, the Museum of Natural History. Now, I have mentioned my hatred for glass case museums on several occasions already. The THOUGHT of the Natural History Museum alone made me feel lethargic, bored and borderline suicidal. I imagined cases of dead animals, model whales hanging from the ceiling, primary-coloured bits of plywood everywhere and lots of hands-on exhibits. What did I get?

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