Memorial and Museum Tour (Part 1)

Memorial and Museum Tour (Part 1)

On some of the nicer days in D.C., I’ve taken trips to less touristy sights around town. I had pictures for these places; unfortunately, my sister, who borrowed my camera while she was visiting, left the camera at a family friend’s house.

 

I'm also having some technical difficulties with embedding a Google Map of all of these places, so you'll have to use this. A nice way to view the different locations!

 

Tucked away near the intersection of S St. NW and 23rd St. NW, the Textile Museum is a private-house-turned-museum that features the private collection of the original homeowner in addition to crafts and woven materials from featured artists and places. This museum was recommended to me by one of my supervisors at work. The rooms are cozy, filled with neat, richly woven textiles and clothing. Unfortunately, they are in the process of moving to a larger place at George Washington University, but I still managed to see some nice waist wraps, prayer mats, and caps from the Ottoman Turk era. I had never seen textiles woven with gold and silver encrusted fibers before seeing that exhibit. They are hosting another exhibit containing pieces from Southeast Asia. The Wilson House was next door, but I’m planning that for a later trip. Also, if you’re looking for a gift for a dog, don’t tell the lady at the gift shop.

 

LBJ (Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines Johnson) Memorial Island

I kind of stumbled on this place by accident after I had left the Textile Museum, but it was worth running into. It’s a small and quietly pleasant place with a few paths and a stone memorial directly in-line with the Washington Monument. If you want to get away from all the tourists and enjoy a nice day by the Potomac, this is a nice place to visit.

 

U.S. Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

Another place I accidently encountered while trying to figure out how to leave the LBJ Memorial Island; the memorial showcases a neat statue with seagulls rising from large waves on the front and a shield on the back.

 

George Mason Memorial

I’m certain I’ve been here before, but again it was another unintentional encounter, this time as I traveled to the Cherry Blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial. Mr. Mason chills on a bench behind a wall inscribed with words from his Virginia Declaration of Rights (basis for the Bill of Rights in the Constitution), surrounded by beautiful (when flowering) trees. It seemed like a place you can easily overlook if you’re in a rush to see the Jefferson Memorial.

 

Titanic Memorial

I was actually looking for this place. It rained one day, so I decided it would be a good time to ride past the major memorials (Jefferson, Lincoln, etc.) without meeting too many tourists. When I met too many tourists anyway, I decided to take a detour on the Anacostia Trail in search of the Titanic Memorial. On the way there I passed by what seemed like the seafood center of D.C. Riding by fishing boats on Potomac as the water drizzled from a gray sky felt too iconic. The memorial, dedicated to the victims of the Titanic’s tragedy, isn’t anything spectacular. But it is very familiar of a famous scene.

 

Lobsterman Memorial

On the way to the Titanic, I was trying to find this statue of a Maine Lobsterman. Why would I be looking for a statue of a Maine Lobsterman? Because I was interested to know why a statue of Lobsterman would be in D.C. It was by luck that I saw this memorial after I took an alternate route from the Titanic Memorial. Nothing fancy; just a guy handling lobsters.

 

Teddy Roosevelt Memorial

This was one of my favorite places to find. Hidden on an island distant from most tourists, I enjoyed a nice ride out to the bridge connecting to the island. I had to hop off the bike, and trekked into a wooded area with trails branching in different directions. The walk to the memorial wasn’t very far, and it actually covers very little of the island (George Mason’s family had their vacation home on the island). If you have time, I would suggest walking around; you get a nice view of the Washington Monument, Watergate Hotel, and the Lincoln Memorial. As I approached the memorial, there appeared an imposing statue of my second-favorite president, with four monoliths behind him that contained some of his quotes. If you need a nature break that is close by, I would recommend this place.

 

The Phillips Collection

I visited this place during an excursion at work. This is probably my favorite art gallery in D.C. Van Goh, Jackson Pollock, El Greco, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas -- an endless list of impressive artists and pieces are on display. Paintings and pieces that I had previously only seen in a textbook or on television. The building has the same coziness of the Textile Museum, mostly because, like the Textile Museum, the Phillips Collection is in a private house (three combined houses, now). It isn't crowded, and there are staff members (usually attractive young women) on-hand to answer questions. This place is great, and a nice getaway from the tourist traps near the National Mall. The only downside: $14 admission fee. Definitely worthwhile.

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