The National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the Washington Monument
13 photos at the U.S. Botanic Garden
19 photos from some of the places I visited. (View each photo individually to see the captions.)
It's been more than 20 years since I was last in Washington. I wanted to visit the many new museums I had never seen.
The weather was hot and humid, but I was indoors most of the time. It rained one afternoon, but, again, I was indoors during the rain.
I'm a rapid museum-goer. I rarely spend more than a couple of hours in any museum. Here's a day-by-day rundown of what I saw:
- National Postal Museum — Better than expected.
- National Building Museum — Less than expected. A nice building and store.
- International Spy Museum — OK. Not much new to me. The most crowded place I visited.
- Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens — Better than expected.
- The Phillips Collection — OK. The featured exhibit was good.
- National Geographic Museum — Less than expected. There is a small permanent exhibition in the back building, and that is free. But you don't know that when you enter at the front, where you pay for only two exhibits, one of which I was not at all interested in seeing. There are also some fine large photos in the display windows all around the front building.
- The Freer & Sackler Galleries — A few exceptional items.
- National Museum of African Art — OK, but not much of interest to me.
- National Museum of the American Indian — Several very good exhibits, but the tribe-by-tribe layout of some parts of the museum gets to be exhausting.
- Newseum — OK, but too many parts were just about historical events, not so much about the reporting of the events. And little about the history of news organizations. Altogether, less than I expected. A huge space.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial — Strong.
- National WWII Memorial — Not much at all.
- U.S. Botanic Garden — Small, but enjoyable.
- National Museum of African American History and Culture — Very good material. Nicely done.
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — A difficult layout, but the exhibits are excellent.