Because there is so much to see in DC, places and buildings that so many, including locals don’t really know anything about, here’s more pictures of this 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC aka “The District”.
It’s number 137 on my bucket list and I finally got to take a tour of the seat of the United States government , the Capitol Building ,
The tour is free and you don’t have to take it, but I would advise definitely do it because you see so much and learn so much.
Shoutout to the tour guide that I had on my tour, Elizabeth .
She was very knowledgeable and I learned so much, such as the statues that dominate the halls of the buildings are donated by each state, and the only way a presidential statue is at the Capitol Building is because the President is deceased .
So don’t expect to find a statue of George Bush or Barack Obama .
They’re still alive and a little something called separation of the branches of government .
As with the presidents, the only way you get a statue is if you’re deceased.
You also learn that the crypt of George Washington is right underneath the Capitol Building.
A star with a velvet rope marks the spot .
It also marks the spot of where Washington DC was founded .
Most people who take the tour want to see the Capitol rotunda.
You can see it from the outside , but if you take the tour you’ll see what’s underneath the rotunda.
Washington DC wasn’t always the capital of the United States .
New York City was and Federal Hall was the place where George Washington was sworn in.
The Federal Hall Memorial is located right across the street from the New York Stock Market right on Wall Street .
You can’t miss this building.
It’s the one with the big statue of George Washington in front of it.
Once you walk into the building , one sees a replica of George Washington’s desk .
Everything you want to see is on the first floor, and it’s not only the story of George Washington’s journey from his home in Virginia to New York City to be sworn in, but it’s basically showing you the history of the American colonies, especially New York .
You learn the story of how this building was the first home of the United States Treasury and Customs House.
If you need some information on New York City , and other National Parks in the country, there is a information room right before you exit.
I would advise going there right after you finish seeing the exhibits .
Yes, you can take pictures here.
Admission is free and it’s open Monday thru Friday .
Enjoy the pictures .
Now that you’ve relaxed for a little bit at one of the many restaurants or even taking a breather at the Charles Engelhart Courtyard in the American Wing of the museum , it’s now time to look at the exhibits on the second and third floor .
Or try to .
Like the first floor and mezzanine , there’s so much to see.
On these two floors not only are there exhibits on musical instruments and sculptures ,but so much more .
There’s also European paintings from the end of the 12th Century to the 19th century .
They also have an exhibit on World War I posters from the countries that were involved in the war .
It was hard to say which exhibits I liked the best , but I would have to say the American Wing .
Seeing some of the sculptures and paintings brought American History to life for me, especially the huge painting of Washington crossing the Delaware .
Very inspiring to see this painting .
It was larger than life.
I also liked the replica of the museum when it first opened in the 19th Century with the exhibit of period rooms from Philadelphia , Baltimore , Massachusetts , and Virginia .
For those of you not interested in all this ancient art, the Met Fifth Avenue also has an area for Modern and Contemporary art, but for a more extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Art , go over to the Met – Breuer on 75th Street and Madison Avenue .
There’s also the Costume Institute in the museum , which is very popular for those of us who consider ourselves , “fashionistas”.
In this area of the museum , works of current and past fashion designers are spotlighted .
This year, it was the fashion house known as Comme Des Garcons .
You’ve visited all or if not , most of the exhibits in the museum and you feel as though you’ve missed something , and like the song goes , “You don’t want to miss a thing . ”
Don’t worry , you won’t , but if you do just remember .
If you live in or are visiting New York City for a while , you can always come back
Unlike the American Indian Museum in New York City , the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington , DC isn’t located in a building that was something else at one time .
This building , which is located at 4th Street and Independence Avenue is surrounded by a series of peaceful and tranquil waterfalls .
On one side in the front , you notice the figure of a Native American warrior wearing a Buffalo headdress .
As someone who is part Cherokee Indian on my mother’s side , I wanted to visit this museum while I was in Washington DC .
I didn’t only wanted to see the artifacts and relics from the other tribes , but to especially see everything that pertained to the Eastern Band of Cherokees in North Carolina .
Since this is a Smithsonian museum , the admission is free .
The museum is opened everyday from 10am until 5:30pm.
As you walk into the lobby , you notice a statue of George Washington standing with two Native American chief’s , one of whom is a woman .
At first I wondered why George Washington was there and what did he have to do with the Native Americans ?
But fast forward a few years later to my trip to the The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia .
Looking back on my visit now
, the statue did make sense .
The two Native American chief’s were from the Oneida Band of Indians .
The Oneida tribe was one of the first Native American tribes that helped the colonists against the British .
As I continue walking , I noticed the figure of a horse adorned with the Native garb from the Seminole tribe in Florida .
This museum , like the one in New York City , just doesn’t focus on the tribes from North America , but the native people from South America ,and Central America , but on a much grander scale .
There’s even a restaurant inside the museum called the Mitsitam Cafe , which serves foods common to all tribes in the Americas .
This museum is not one of the most visited museums in town and I really don’t see why not .
This is a museum that every American should visit while you’re in Washington DC .
Philadelphia is known for just as many museums as New York City .
Everyone knows about all the historical museums in the city as well as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall .
I recently visited Philadelphia and went into the newest museum in the city .
It’s called the Museum of the American Revolution and it opened on April 19th of this year , which just happens to be the day the colonists fired ” the shot heard round the world ” at Lexington and Concord .
The museum in Philadelphia is located at South Third Street , not that far from Independence Hall .
Before you enter the building , you notice the cannons pointing towards you , right above the name of the museum .
Also above you on the wall , is a copy of the Declaration of Independence .
When you enter the lobby , which is very impressive , including the marble staircase , you pay your admission fee.
Hold on to your ticket , because if you come the next day , that ticket is your admission .
Believe me , you will need two consecutive days to see everything in this museum .
Even then , two days just isn’t enough to see everything .
As you can gather by the name , this museum tells the story of the American Revolution .
But it doesn’t start from the events at Lexington and Concord , but what LED up to those events and what happened to our country after we achieved independence.
This museum may seem boring to you and possibly your children .
However , if your children are old enough to know about the Revolutionary War , they really need to see this museum even if you aren’t doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Philadelphia .
You think that you know all there is to know about the Revolutionary War because you learned it in school all those years ago .
After you visit this museum , you realize that you really didn’t know ANYTHING about the Revolutionary War .
In school , the war was only talked about from the Colonists and British side .
There was actually two other groups of people whose point of view we were never told about .
The Native Americans and the Slaves .
This museum makes you look at the Revolutionary War from four different sides , something a lot of American children didn’t learn in American History class .
In every room of the museum , there are exhibits .
Children will definitely enjoy seeing the life size replica of John Paul Jones’ boat and what it was like to be a sailor during the war .
I particularly liked the story of George Washington’s headquarters at Valley Forge .
It was a tent , just like his men had .
You are allowed to take pictures at the museum , but for the exhibit on George Washington’s headquarters , no photos are allowed at all .
Once you see the exhibit , you’ll understand why .
I was saddened to see the exhibits showing that while the colonists were fighting for independence from England , half the population in the 13 colonies were slaves .
To say that I really enjoyed myself at this museum would be an understatement .
As a history major in college oh so many years ago , seeing the exhibits on Lexington and Concord , Yorktown and all those Revolutionary War battles fascinated me.
I even liked the exhibit showing the slaves who fought for the British side because they were promised freedom .
I would strongly advise visiting the museum of the American Revolution while you’re in Philadelphia .
The museum gives you a perspective of our history from a different view .
One that is very refreshing to see .
Spending two or three hours in the museum won’t bore you , nor will you be disappointed .
As you leave your hostel and walk towards the Washington Monument , you notice something about the city .
Not only are people walking , they jog and ride their bikes here .
A lot .
Now you can see why this city is considered to be one of the ” fittest cities ” in the country .
People take their exercising very seriously .
You might even see your senator or congresswoman or congressman out running .
Or maybe not .
You have , however , lost count of how many helicopters you’ve seen or heard since you’ve been here .
It’s 7 am and you are trying to beat the crowds to the Washington Monument .
Hardly any other tourists are here and it’s wonderful .
No crowds to deal with .
It’s the first monument you see as you enter the National Mall .
You can’t go anywhere on the National Mall or in the city without seeing it .
You would like to go inside , but it’s a long walk from here to the next destination on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC .
The National World War 2 Memorial .