4.11.2010

Washington, DC... Part 2

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Washington, DC is a city that is rich in history. It is also a city overflowing with museums. The Smithsonian Institution alone is comprised of nineteen museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo. It would take a person literally years to see it all.
 

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Of all the museums in the Smithsonian complex, my boy was most intrigued by the National Air and Space Museum. The museum houses the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. Among the most notable are...
 

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The 1903 Wright Flyer, which Orville Wright was piloting when it made the historic twelve-second flight.

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The gold-coated mylar foil covered Apollo 11 Lunar Modual.

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And my personal favorite, the Ryan NYP, better known as the "Spirit of St. Louis." As a child I was completely fascinated by every detail of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight across the Atlantic.

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Another must-see destination is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Photography is not allowed in the building, but suffice to say that the exhibits provide an honest and sobering look at the atrocities committed by the Hitler regime.

While many people might balk at the thought of taking their children through this museum, the creators of the exhibits included strategically placed walls that provide a sort-of screen in the event that something might be inappropriate for little eyes. The museum even has an exhibit specifically geared towards children.

I highly recommend making it part of your plans during your next visit to our nation's capital.

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