Memorial and Museums Part 2

Memorial and Museums Part 2

I know I had previously said that I couldn't find the pictures for part 1. Well, I actually forgot that I had saved them to my flash drive before handing my sister my camera. So here are the pictures:

 

The George Mason Memorial

 

The Lobsterman Tribute

 

The Teddy Roosevelt Memorial

 

LBJ Memorial Grove

The Textile Museum

 

The Titanic Memorial

 

The Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

 

Some other of my favorite places included the Old Post Office Tower, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, and the Library of Congress. The Old Post Office Tower is found near Federal Triangle, and it is a behemoth of a building with a commanding view of the city at top. To get to the top can take a while, though. First you take an elevator that can take you up the part of the tower with the bells. Then you have two options: continue with the elevator or walk several flights of stairs. Having young knees and being relatively fit, I took the stairs. I was pretty dizzy once I finished the spiral to the top, but after I collected my mind, it was a gorgeous view of D.C., out to Virginia. Some of the buildings you see can be hard to recognize, especially since you wouldn't be used to seeing them from such a height. There is a guide that helps clarify what you see. Not many tourists and an excellent view of downtown and parts of Virginia.

 

The National Portrait Gallery is the place where I spent most of my time. It is deceptively large--the small halls make it seem manageable, but there are several exhibits and rooms to pass through. My favorite exhibits there were the Early America, Civil War, US Presidents, and Patents and Inventions exhibits. The Early America and Civil War exhibits featured several iconic portraits of Presidents and American statesmen--think the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington found on $1 bills. There were also early portraits of Pocahontas and John Winthrop, one of the first governors of the Massachusetts Bay colony. The U.S. Presidents featured popular portraits and busts and even a cast of Abraham Lincoln's skull and hands post-mortem. There were also some non-historical paintings and some more abstract art. The variety was overwhelming.

The National Gallery of Art featured more classical pieces, works from mostly Europe dating from the 1500s to 1800s. The highlights for me were pieces by Rembrandt, El Greco, David, Delacroix, and a few other artists. There was also a neat gated sculpture garden with a large water fountain outside.

The Library of Congress was probably one of my favorite places to visit. It had a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, one of the first documents printed from a printing press. And the murals were very stylish. I didn't see as much of it as I wanted to (family schedule), but it definitely seemed like a hidden gem (as in, not many tourists).

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