The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution. A favorite for kids of all ages, the National Museum of Natural History offers exhibits such as dinosaur skeletons, ant farms, the Sant Ocean Hall, gems and rocks,luding the Hope Diamond, and a wonderful Butterfly Pavilion. The NMNH opened its doors in 1910. The green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed. The museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees.
The National Museum of American History is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is located in Washington, DC. Visitors can see over three million artifacts ranging from the original Star-Spangled Banner, Abraham Loln's top hat and more.
The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC is one of, if not, most popular of the Smithsonian Museums. With more than 9 million annual visitors, the National Air and Space Museum is a reminder of the great innovation of which Americans are capable and a hand-on opportunity to see some of the air and space crafts that made US history.
Visitors to this historic gem can explore the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world; or "walk on the moon" at a 3D IMAX movie; climb inside a flight simulator; or get an up close and personal view of the constellations and zoom through galaxies at the Einstein Planetarium.
The National Zoo in Washington, DC is a favorite spot for parents with young children. With more than 2,400 animals luding lions, tigers, and giant pandas the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park provides young and old the opportunity to view animals from around the world. Asian elephants, gorillas and the world famous giant pandas are among visitor favorites. Daily programs lude animal training, feeding demonstrations and animal keeper talks. And if you are visiting DC during the summer don't miss out on the Zoo's free concert series, "Sunset Serenades".
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery is located in Washington, DC's Chinatown. Once the Patent Office Building, the National Portrait Gallery has been transformed into a architectural must-see that houses paintings, sculpture, photographs and drawings of some of America's most influential historical, literary, political, iconic and entertaining citizens. Among the 19,400 works of art, luded in this extensive collection, are portraits of all of the U.S. presidents and even Stephen Colbert had his portrait in the gallery at one point.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art focuses on the visual arts of Africa that intertwine spiritual beliefs with social purpose. Visitors to the National Museum of African Art will see a beautiful collection of textiles, masks, tools, ceramics, musical instruments and the many tangible objects that collectively tell a rich story of Africa's history.
"President Obama" a portrait by Shepard Fairey is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The portrait, so closely tied to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama will make its permanent home only a few blocks from the White House. The work was created by Los Angeles artist Shepard Fairey, and through the generosity of the Podesta family, visitors to Washington, DC can enjoy this historic creation--a mixed media collage. This work is an emblem of a significant election, as well as a new presidency,said Martin E. Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. Shepard Fairey's instantly recognizable image was integral to the Obama campaign. We are deeply grateful to the Podestas for their generosity.
Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art's most recent exhibit,Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples offers an redible glimpse into the rich and magnificent culture of the ill-fated Roman city of Pompeii. At the exhibit entrance a copy of a mosaic of a chained dog and the words Cave Canem which in Latin means "beware of the dog" greets visitors. One of the most compelling portions of the exhibit is the rendition of the rooms of a typical villa. There is a luxurious sense to all of the statues and fountains that populate the garden as well as the beautiful frescos that adorn the walls. Additionally, the jewelry is lovely and invokes a true sense of the cultures love of beauty and aesthetics.
This is a must see exhibit for anyone who loves the history of Pompeii and the beauty of Roman art.
The butterfly pavilion and exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History is an attraction that the whole family will enjoy. Visitors will be greeted by hundreds of butterflies as they stroll through the tropical setting that the pavilion offers. This is an unforgettable interactive experience that your children will love and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the many colorful and flighty butterflies who call the pavilion home.
A special installation called Four Indian Kings will make its debut at the National Portrait Gallery on September 12, 2008 and will through January 25, 2009.
The Four Indian Kings exhibit commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. The four portraits--depicted by John Verelst-- are the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life. The four kings were chosen to represent the Iroquoian Confederacy of the Mohawk River Valley during a royal meeting with Queen Anne.
The paintings are on loan to the National Portrait Gallery by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library & Archives of Canada.