3 People You'll Find in D.C. Museums

3 People You'll Find in D.C. Museums

My name is Briana Blueitt and I'm so happy to be living and learning in Washington this Fall. I'm a Texas native but am currently entering my junior year at Hofstra University on Long Island in New York.


I'm double majoring in Journalism and Political Science and aspire to move to D.C. in the coming years to find a career that lies somewhere in between the two. Through the help of TWC, I've landed myself an internship at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the Development and Communications department.

After over a week of being in D.C., I finally began to take advantage of the resources it has to offer.

I found myself at the Museum of Natural History with a cast of characters from The Washington Center (TWC), and it wasn't until halfway through the visit that I realized how differently each of them were experiencing it.



The Data Bank

Shortly after our arrival, this character walked exhibits ahead of the pack. He can't pass a plaque without reading it, and he can't leave without reading each one. Museums, encyclopedias and Ted Talks were made in his image. It was his idea to come to this particular museum and although it has nothing to do with his field of study or future career, he can't help but take in the wealth of direct knowledge that lies before him because that's just who he is; a lover of learning. He looks at a slate of Wollastonite-Bearing Marble and duly notes that it was unearthed in 1907 in Harrisville, New York.

The Innovator

She is skipping the plaques and looking directly at the artifacts. She looks longer than most with as much interest and dedication as her quick-witted counterpart, but she is versed and enticed in an entirely different way. She delights in the aesthetically pleasing and thinks in shape, color and texture. Everything in the museum can be placed into a piece of a grandly-designed puzzle. She looks at the same slate of Wollastonite-Bearing Marble and mentally pairs it as a countertop with a backsplash in a bright, modern kitchen.

The Voyager

This museum-goer uses these venues as portals to places unseen. He took a special interest in the National Parks exhibit and grew his short list of places that he wishes to travel one day. Taking a day off from the venture of exploration to spend the day inside a museum was a sacrifice for him, but one well worth it, to say the least. He was able to leave the museum with the image of that same slate of Wollastonite-Bearing Marble as the earth beneath him on a trip he'd like to take some day soon.


If ever you find yourself wondering why you're visiting a place that you think is of no interest to you, try on a different hat. Some people are technical while others are visual, but there is always something to be gained from a museum visit. Museums have the potential to provide inspiration and perspective, if you allow them to - and most in the D.C. metro area do so free of charge!

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