Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Apr 16 2005 - Easy Hike at the Smithsonian (NMAI & NMNH) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Carrie Graff, Colin Babb
Participants:Colin Babb, Carrie Graff, Brian Loughery, Laura Loughery, Paul Shaklan, Ian Wright, Brett Twiggs, Dave Longtin, Christina Link, Michelle Szulczewski, Glenn Peddicord, Nic Myers, Pamela Silberman

Write Up:
This day began as a lovely, sunny spring morning and it stayed beautiful all day long. (What better time to spend some quality time indoors?!) Our first visit of the day was to the new National Museum of the American Indian, which opened its doors in September of last year. Much of the collection was taken from a museum that long had been in New York City (the George Gustav Heye Center in lower Manhattan, which is still open). The new building is quite impressive by itself; the collections inside, however, take up only a small portion of the building. This is one of the disappointing parts of the museum--you'd think there'd be more to see. What there is certainly is interesting, from works of modern art by Indian artists Allan Houser and George Morrison to displays on the modern lives of contemporary Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere.

After deciding that the food in the Indian Museum was just a tad bit overpriced (though we missed a chance at buffalo burgers), we headed over to the Natural History Museum on the other side of the Mall. Food was central for some of us, so we ventured to the basement cafe. There were a couple of new temporary exhibits on things like orchids and the Sikhs (who'd have thought they were part of natural history?), and there's an interesting new mammal exhibit.

After a couple of hours we'd all had enough time spent indoors, so we headed out and some left for home while some took a jaunt over to the Tidal Basin, thinking there might still be some cherry blossoms to see. This theory proved illusory, but the walk over to the Jefferson Memorial was enjoyable nonetheless. It was a pleasant ending to a pleasant day.

--Colin Babb

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