A couple weeks ago, my family and I took a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and to the District of Columbia. We started out in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia we visited many different places. The first thing we did was visit the Mutter Museum. This museum is a collection of medical oddities such as physical deformations of the human body, physical effects of rare diseases, as well as a whole exhibit on the weird things that people have swallowed. But this museum is not for the faint of heart because many of the exhibits are not wax molds, but real. The next piece of Philadelphia that we went to was the Independence National Historical Park. While there we saw Benjamin Franklin’s grave at Christ Church Burial Ground, and Christ Church. We had lunch at the City Tavern, which is an historical meeting place for many political figures including Mr. Franklin. Then we toured Independence Hall, which is where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The next day we got up and checked out the Liberty Bell. After we were done, we boarded an Amtrak train that took us to Washington D.C., the nation’s capitol.
Our first day in D.C., we stood in a huge line at the Holocaust Memorial Museum to get tickets to get into museum itself. This museum is geared more towards adults simply because of the seriousness of the topic. But it really touched my heart. Next we toured the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There we saw the machines that make our money and got to view the new designs for the bills that will be coming out in the future. After that, we walked over to The Mall, which is where the main Smithsonian Museums are located. We first walked to the National Air and Space Museum, where we learned all about aviation and space exploration. Then I branched off and strolled through the National Sculpture Garden. I meandered through both the East and West National Gallery of Art buildings. I really enjoyed this particular museum simply because it was relaxing and enjoyable to simply walk around and view the different masterpieces. Next we took a walking tour of the memorials. On our way to the tour, we stopped by the Smithsonian Castle, which is where the founder of the Smithsonian is buried.
The next day, we set out for the National Museum of Natural History. This was my favorite museum. There are so many different things to do and see that it is hard to take it all in. Next we walked through the National Museum of American History. This Museum was a lot of fun but we didn’t get to see everything because much of it was under construction. After this, we went and did a walking tour through a small part of the White House. This tour was not as cool as I thought it would be. You really didn’t get to see much and had to stand in line for at least an hour. We also went to the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the World War Two Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. I also went and registered as a researcher at the Library of Congress and was able to take a morning and simply explore the Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building. My vacation was amazing and I recommend that people venture to D.C. to enjoy the city and everything it has to offer.
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