This morning we had breakfast at Fire Hook Bakery down the street from our hotel before hopping the metro to the National Museum of American Art and Portrait Gallery.
When we arrived we went immediately to the 3rd floor to the exhibition that instigated this entire vacation.
Derick’s overall review was very positive. His positive impressions were of the deep dive on the historical technology and art that created and informed the video game movement. He really enjoyed the playable exhibits and was very interested to see the concept art for many beloved games and characters. Derick thought they had a very narrow scope for this exhibit and would have like to have seen the progression of characters over years and technology. He thought they missed an opportunity to explore online gaming and the cultural impact of that movement. In general, he would have liked to have seen more of everything but he loved every minute of what there was to see and do.
We finished touring the National Gallery and appreciated some of the more traditional art. We both really enjoyed the Presidential Portraits. And William Wetmore Story’s sculpture Libyan Sibyl
For lunch we wandered into Chinatown and ate at Ming’s.
We walked down towards the Mall and took in our second museum for the day. The National Museum of Natural History was breathtaking! Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian buildings constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities. Our collective favorite things in this museum are;
- Triceratops Skeleton
- Henry the Elephant (main rotunda)
- Mineral and Fossil Collections
- Mummified Bull God
- Preserved Giant Squid
- Taxidermy Running Rabbit
- Leatherback Turtle Skeleton
After our brains were full of new knowledge we headed back to the hotel to clean up and go to dinner. We ate again at Circa and then back to our hotel for drinks and good conversations.