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Hi! I'm Andre. I'm a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish at Butler and I'll be graduating in 2014.

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Posts Tagged “smithsonian”

US Botanical Garden

A couple weeks ago I was able to visit the US Botanical Garden and forgot to blog about it! It it literally right next to the Capitol and all of the Smithsonian museums so it’s pretty convenient to visit.

botanical1There are so many cool and exotic plants to see at the garden. It houses tons of plants from around the world at all times of the year. It’s a huge greenhouse and was pretty cool. It was also very warm inside for the plants so I even had to take off my jacket.

botanical2I would’ve stayed for a guided tour but since I saw so much in one day I was too tired to participate but maybe I’ll come back at another time to get the full experience. I’d recommend seeing it for anyone visiting D.C.

 

 

Natural History/American Indian Museum

As past of my recent Smithsonian museum adventure, I was able to go inside the Natural History museum. I didn’t stay terribly long since science isn’t my forté but I was still interested in seeing all of the evolution exhibits and stuff about the deep sea while being able to learn about the world’s natural history.

There were a lot of different floors and exhibits but I just stayed on the first floor just so I could say I went and have enough time to visit all of the other museums that I planned to see.

Elephant statue inside the Natural History museum

Elephant statue inside the Natural History museum

After the Natural History museum, I walked over to the American Indian Museum which was extremely cool. I saw a ton of cool artifacts and got to learn about all of the diverse American Indian populations and their culture. I’d definitely recommend seeing it to anyone planning to visit the Smithsonian museums. I was tempted to buy a Dream Catcher at the museum but decided against it since I can never remember my dreams anyway!

Statue outside the American Indian Museum

Statue outside the American Indian Museum

Air and Space Museum

The absolute best part about D.C. is that the vast majority of museums are free! The Smithsonian museums are all right next to each other and lie along the National Mall so last weekend, since the weather was beautiful, I decided to hit them all up!

Statue in front of the Air and Space Museum

Statue in front of the Air and Space Museum

The first museum I went to was the Air and Space museum. It was so large and spacious and was full of, as you guessed it, planes! It was so overwhelming with all of the cool things to see and do. The trip definitely very briefly inspired me to want to work for NASA.

I got to learn a little about navigation, what goes into space suits, and a ton of other cool stuff. I remember visiting the museum as a kid but didn’t appreciate it like I did when I just went recently. It’s funny how museums are usually geared toward kids but you don’t start to appreciate them once you’re an adult.

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Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My!)

I’ve been going to the National Zoo on about a weekly basis now since it’s so close to my apartment. During my last visit, all the animals were out and it was wonderful! I got to go inside the reptile exhibit, the small mammal exhibit, and see the large monkeys!

The lion and tiger were also out in full force too! The lion was jumping around and roaring and stuff stuff so it was hard to get a good pic of him but I managed to snap one. The tiger was just strutting his stuff and not really paying anyone any attention.

The only decent pic I could get of the lion

The only decent pic I could get of the lion

I actually did, in fact, see a bear but he was just being lazy and laying around so I couldn’t get a good picture of him. Next time I visit, I’m going to need him to be a bit more active.

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