Spent the day in Washington. Wanted to see the White House (didn’t), the Washington Monument & reflecting pool. The pool was dry – probably for winter & the monument was under repair. Interestingly, the classic pictures of the monument with the reflecting pool in front is a bit misleading. There is the Second World War memorial, a roadway and park in front of the Washington memorial. Those images are a trick of the photographer’s lens. Because of this, it took a while to find the pool.
Anyway, we did tour the Smithsonian. It includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park gathered around a central park – the National Mall. Each building is huge, housing its own theme and they are all free.
This image is of the entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. A
number of firms were involved in the architectural design, one of which was Douglas
Cardinal, architect for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC.
After this we toured the Air and Space Museum & the Museum of Natural History. Impressive displays throughout with quality artifacts.