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Who doesn’t like to spend some time in a museum?
It’s great to broaden your knowledge, to have fun, to discover new things, to take your kids.
There are museums for every taste, so it really is easy to choose one that will surely catch your eye: natural history, art, painting, sculpture… you name it!
If indeed you are a museum lover, there is definitely one place to go: The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
It’s the real deal, the all-in-one place where you will find so much to see and do.
The Smithsonian dates back to 1846 and it’s the world’s largest research and museum complex: it has 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and also several research stations. You can find over than 138 million artworks, artifacts and specimens.
It’s main attractions are: Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, the dresses of the First Ladies and the original Star-Spangled Banner at the National Museum of American History; the Gem Hall at the National Museum of Natural History; and the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, and the Apollo 11 command module at the National Air and Space Museum.
Apart from the numerous buildings you can visit, you can also enjoy the outside surroundings of this fantastic institution.The outdoor gardens are designed to complement the museums, border and enhance your overall museum experience of learning and appreciating.
The Smithsonian Institution, established “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge”, really spreads the word in what relates to museums: The Smithsonian has close ties with 168 other museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico. These museums are known as Smithsonian Affiliated museums. It also has a large number of traveling exhibitions.
And it will also travel to outer space!