Smithsonian Museum of Natural History


Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

 


Last Saturday, My family and I made the trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. I have wanted to take the kids here for a long time, but I really just don’t like D.C. I don’t like cities at all. The weather was great and we had nothing else to do so we figured why not.

Let me just tell you that it was an awesome museum, But I don’t think I had as much fun as I should have. It was just SO crowded that it annoyed me and I wasn’t able to fully enjoy it. There wasn’t much room to look at anything without someone else being in the way. I literally had to wait my turn to see most of the artifacts and things because there were so many other people in front of me. In the diamond room I had to wait in line to see all of the really juicy jewelry which was one of the only things I wanted to see. When I did see it, I didn’t really get much time to look. I felt bad because there were tons of people behind me waiting to have a look as well. I basically walked up and took pictures of everything so I could just look at the pictures later. Not super enjoyable.

 Going to any type of museum in a big city on a weekend is always a terrible idea, but My husband works during the week so we didn’t have much of a choice unless we went without him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we went, but I wish we could have gone on a week day. So now that I’m done complaining, lets talk about the museum. I wanted to do a full tour but really it was so crowded and I was so rushed that I can’t really show you things in order unfortunately. Here are my best pics and favorite things that we saw.
 
 

 

The mummies
 
 
Fun fact about me: I LOVE Egyptology. I love everything about it, but I especially love mummies. I found out there were mummies at the museum and that’s truly what got me to go. So there were 3 mummies. I don’t remember much information about them because I was so overwhelmed by all the people but they were awesome!

There was one that was still fully wrapped and we couldn’t see bones or anything like that. That was said to be over two thousand years old.
 

Then we saw the other adult mummy and this one we could really see the body. I just think it is the coolest thing in the world.
 
 

Then we saw the toddler mummy. It was a baby boy, carefully wrapped and so incredibly preserved. They were by far my favorite artifacts at the museum. I would love to go see them again during the week when I can read all of the information about them.
 

Now that the mummies are out of the way, let’s talk about the rocks and gems. That part of the museum was overwhelming. There were SO many rocks and gems. So much so that Tyler and the girls were getting bored and they were ready to move on, but I was just so intrigued. It would have taken me hours to really look at all of them.


 
 
 
The fine jewelry was absolutely breathtaking. I love all things sparkly and these were just exquisite! This is what I was telling you about how I had to wait in line. I didn't even get to see all of them!

 
These were Elizabeth Taylor's diamonds
 
And some more fine jewelry. Wish I had the time to get all the details for you!

 
This crown is gorgeous!
 
The museum had a nice collection of insects as well. The butterflies were my favorite. We were able to watch them hatch from their chrysalis and start to flutter their wings!
 
I loved the spiders as well

 
There were also honeybees which were really awesome to observe, and a few other insects but these were my favorite.
 
The ocean exhibit was awesome too. There were some fish in jars that the girls were interested in. They were a bit concerned that they were real though.

 
Oh also there was lava which I thought was super awesome.
 
 
That's pretty much all I got. There were some larger mammals that I haven't shared yet but honestly they weren't too interesting to me. I definitely plan on taking the girls back on a week day so we can really have time to enjoy our visit.
 
Have you been to this museum? Let me know!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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