This weekend a friend and I decided to go to a Smithsonian. We thought it was sad that we lived in DC but had not gone to one since moving in, I mean even my parents have gone since I moved in. That is what they spent the friday of parents weekend doing while I was in class, and they loved it. But we felt like it was something we had to do. We go on runs to the capital building a lot so we always go by them but we never go in. So this time we decided it was time to go inside.
We went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, mostly because I really wanted to see the dinosaurs. As we walked through the dinosaur exhibit I realized that all I knew about dinosaurs was from either Jurassic Park or A Land Before Time, probably not the most accurate representations but I enjoyed the movies and have seen Jurassic Park a hundred times, that may be an exaggeration.
We made our way through the exhibits, seeing mammals, the evolution of man, geology, sea animals, even a mummy. The mummy really scared my friend, she did not like the idea that it was a real dead body in front of her. I was just amazed that a full grown man from 2,000 years ago was so much shorter than girls today, he looked so small. The geology exhibit was amazing with the huge diamonds, and of course the hope diamond. There was even a new exhibit where they used modern technology to see how colonists died, or they could tell from the bones how these people lived their lives, based on the common stressors from certain jobs.
I had been to the Smithsonian museum back in fifth grade, the last time I had been to D.C. before any thoughts of GW or college searches had ever crossed my mind. But back then it seemed so much different, it seemed a lot more boring then. I was running through with my class and my mom was there. She reads every single plaque there is in the museum, so while this time I may not have learned everything I learned about what I wanted to and cut out the rest.
Have any of you gone to the Smithsonians since being at GW? Which is the best? Does anyone else have the experience of it being different when older?