Sunday, October 11, 2015

An Autumnal Day in Washington DC at the Natural History Museum

We went to Washington DC to visit the Natural History Museum so my daughter could do some research for a college project in geology. She had been here once before with a previous college class, and got to have a behind the scenes tour with a curator about birds. For the rest of us though, it was our first visit. I was interested in the visit because I took a geology class in college myself.

Autumn was only just beginning to descend on Washington DC...

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The National Museum of Natural History (part of the Smithsonian) opened in 1910, although it wasn't completed until 1911. However the collections were built from an 1838-1842 worldwide expedition.
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The exterior is made of granite and the tiled roof is made from slate shingles.
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After a couple of hours of analyzing geologic specimens, we decided to go to the Pavillion Cafe.
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The pastry I ordered was delicious, however the filling was rather non-existent.
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I shared a Napoleon with my husband. It looks much prettier than mine, but the ones I make are tastier!
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As we ate in the sunny courtyard we enjoyed the view of the Sculpture Garden.
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After lunch we returned to the National  Museum of Natural History to finish the geology hunting and analysis. When we were finally complete with that, we toured the nearby Butterfly Garden of the Smithsonian.
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 Stay tuned for future posts on fascinating aspects of the geology collection we got to see that day. The will be cataloged here as they are posted.

Resources:

http://siarchives.si.edu/history/national-museum-natural-history

http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/usexex/

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/visit/cafe/pavilion-cafe.html

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/permanent/sculpture_garden.html

http://www.gardens.si.edu/our-gardens/butterfly-habitat-garden.html

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