Wednesday, November 15, 2017

United States Capitol

U S Capitol 2017
The U S Capitol is a must see for visitors to Washington DC.

Inside are galleries and exhibitions.

You can download an app to learn more about the capitol, including the landscape and events.


Before visiting, be sure to watch the orientation video on the webpage.

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World War II Memorial Washington DC



The World War II memorial in Washington DC is a fitting tribute to those who fought to defend the United States and its allies.

Each state is represented in a circle surrounding a fountain.




The memorial is maintained by the National Park Service (nps.gov).

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National Archives

National Archives / Geoff W Sutton 2017

The National Archives in Washington DC is a museum that contains America's founding documents, records useful in family research, and exhibits. There are other national archives in other cities.

You will see the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

There are billions of documents about the history of the United States-- treaties, posters, maps, and much more.

Location: 700 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC 20408

Shop- There is a museum store, which contains things of interest to children and adults.

Learn more about the archives at archives.gov


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White House Washington DC



The White House is worth at least one visit when going to Washington DC.



Photo from years ago




Check the website for its history and tour information. whitehouse.gov

There are specific guidelines for visiting the White House.

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Union Station Washington DC

Union Station, Washington DC / Geoff W Sutton 2017


In addition to the architecture and transportation hub, Union Station is a good place to find a variety of reasonably priced meals on the main floor and below in the food court.











Check online for the directory map to locate stores, restaurants, and transportation.
unionstationdc.com

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Monuments and Memorials


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Supreme Court of the United States

U S Supreme Court / Geoff W Sutton 2017


The U S Supreme Court stand out among the buildings in Washington DC. A quick visit offers a glimpse at the famous chambers. Additional information can be gleaned by taking a tour.





Justice Marshall



Spiral staircase


Fees- no fee to enter the court or for tours

Security- a check on entry

Shop- there is a store

Food service- there is a cafeteria

Website:  supremecourt.gov

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National Postal Museum Smithsonian



The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is worth at least a couple of hours of your time.

You will learn the history of the U S postal service through stories, videos, objects, and of course, stamps.










Some rare stamps are featured in the stamp exhibit













One exhibit includes cases of mail fraud and robberies





There are activities for children. And if you wish to spend a longer time, you can read the storyboards in each exhibit.

Fees- no entry fee

Security- there is a security screening

Tours are available at no charge.

Shopping- there is a museum store with reasonable prices

Location- 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington DC

Metro- we used Union Station, which has the advantage of lots of places to eat at reasonable prices

The website is informative postalmuseum.si.edu

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Smithsonian's National Zoo

Panda National Zoo / Geoff W. Sutton 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is famous for its Pandas. The zoo is worth a day's visit to enjoy a walk around a beautiful wooded park. People of all ages will find something of interest.































Fees- there is no charge to enter the zoo. There is a fee for some attractions

Food service- there are several places to purchase food and drink. It is expensive compared to nearby restaurants. You can bring in food and drink.

Photography is permitted but the lighting and glass enclosures make some shots difficult.


Parking- limited but available at the park for a fee

Metro- we got off at the Woodley Park metro stop and walked the short distance to the zoo.

Website- you will find helpful information on the web nationalzoo.si.edu


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Monuments and Memorials


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United States Botanic Garden

U S Botanic Garden / Geoff W. Sutton 2017
The U S Botanic Garden in Washington DC is a great stop for one or several hours. We went on a cold gray day in November--a good place to warm up in beautiful surrounds. And there is no admission fee.



The conservatory is organized by garden themes.


















You can take a free tour or follow your own path on provided maps. There are also outside areas.


Food service- there are no dining facilities but there are restaurants nearby- on 3rd street and in nearby museums.

Photography is permitted- see the website for policies.

Shops- there is no gift shop

Website- you can find helpful information at usbg.gov

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Library of Congress

Library of Congress / Geoff W. Sutton 2017

The Library of Congress is more than a collection of books and papers. Walk inside and you will see examples of art and architechture worth an hour or so of your time in DC.


Ceiling above main entry



You will also find exhibits such as a Gutenberg Bible, the Jefferson Library, and a special exhibit of WW I posters and news sketches from famous trials.

Gutenberg Bible



War Poster

Library tours are available.



Library Tour



See the website for more details loc.gov



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Monuments and Memorials


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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum



My wife and I have visited the museum twice and both times we found the permanent exhibit a moving experience that teaches the lessons of extreme hate, violence, and genocide with a view to encouraging actions that say "Never Again."

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Bunks in Prison Camps


The  permanent exhibit takes visitors on a solemn tour of the rise of extreme nationalism in Germany, which led to violent attacks, enslavement in camps, and eventually a program of mass killing aimed at exterminating entire groups of people--especially Jews.


Entering Gas Chamber



Visitors will encounter general historical narratives, personal stories, artifacts, photographs, and videos that not only tell the story of hate and death but also celebrate survivors, liberators, and the courage of those who risked their lives to save others.



Eisenhower Visits a Camp


You recevive one of hundreds of personal stories when you begin the tour. Each story tells of a woman or man who either survived or died during the holocaust.

Focusing on an Individual Life

The museum is well organized. Maps are available online and onsite. Materials are available in several languages.

The staff are friendly and helpful.

Food services are available.

There is a security check.

Check online for hours and more details, including special exhibits: ushmm.org


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Here’s a few places to see along with some photos and links to information.


Monuments and Memorials


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And here’s my webpage  www.suttong.com







Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial / Geoff W. Sutton 2017



The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in 1922 and is part of the National Park Service (nps). It is located on the west end of the National Mall. 



After our visit, we walked north to the Foggy Bottom metro station at 23rd and I streets, NW.

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Monuments and Memorials


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Washington Monument




Washington Monument / Geoff W. Sutton 2017

The Washington Monument stands tall. I have seen it many times since the 1960s. Currently (2017) it is closed for work on the elevator and will reopen in 2019.

Work began 4 July 1848 but was not completed until 1884 when it was the world's tallest building according to the National Park Service (nps.gov). Past and future presidents attended the cornerstone event.

An earthquake at 1:51 p.m. on 23 August, 2011 ocurred nearby, which damaged the monument. Visitors were shaken inside but all were safe.






PLACES TO VISIT IN WASHINGTON DC
Here’s a few places to see along with some photos and links to information.


Monuments and Memorials


Museums


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Monday, November 13, 2017

National Museum of the American Indian Washington


American Indian Museum / Geoff W Sutton 2017


















Our visit to the Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC was  timely as we were watching the documentary on The West on PBS.

The first thing we noticed was the unusual design of the building (photo above), which is quite attractive and worth walking around to appreciate the design and the informative landscape.


Once inside I recommend heading to the top floor and viewing the brief film. There are several exhibits and some will change so check the website (link below) for details. We examined "Our Universes" in some depth to see many examples of the Indian Cultures in the Americas. Exhibit examples below.




























Most people are familiar with the fact that many treaties between the United States and Native Americans were broken. An exhibit illustrates eight treaties, which are a sample of some 374 treaties between the USA and Native Nations.


Buffalo Hide Record / Geoff Sutton 2017












The "Great Inka Road" exhibit provides a visual experience of an ongoing road linking communities in several South American nations.



Example of Inca Road


This museum, like the other Smithsonian museums, is a place for research that will be missed in a casual walk through of exhibits. There are many Native American nations in the Americas. According to a national archives document, there are 562 recognized Indian Nations in the United States alone. I think it would be helpful if the Museum staff made it clear that we only see a sample of these nations. I should like to see some "wall" or other permanent exhibit representing all the known existing nations in the Americas.

Collection: The website authors report a vast collection. Unfortunately, that is not evident as there are many open areas that could have been used to enhance the onsite experience.


Visibility: Some displays are hard to read due to dim lighting and/or lighting that produces a glare off of displays. Although photography is permitted, the glare and lightening made it difficult for this amateur.


Facilities: The museum appears clean with wide aisles and there are maintained restrooms. Some exhibits were not working.


Locations: There are museums in Washington DC and New York City

Food services: available on site.

Security: There is a check and no food or drink is permitted (bottled water is permitted)

Shop- a museum has a store


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Museum website = http://nmai.si.edu/

PLACES TO VISIT IN WASHINGTON DC
Here’s a few places to see along with some photos and links to information.


Monuments and Memorials


Museums


And here’s my webpage  www.suttong.com