Day three in the capital consisted of a lot of museum and art galleries, a must for me when visiting a new city, even if it’s just a quick peek. And if you haven’t already, you can check out Day 1 here and Day 2 here.
It’s no secret that I’m not about early rising. Except for very special occasions, (read: occasions that happen no more than once a fortnight,) so it was no surprise that we left our hotel just before noon for our day out exploring a few of the Smithsonians.
Our first port of call was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Georgie studied American history and politics at university so she had a particular interest in stopping in for a quick nosy and to be honest I’m always up for museum visits of any kind. I was in awe when I saw the Star Spangled Banner in real life. Other highlights included the First Ladies exhibition where you could see a lot of the famous outfits the First Ladies have worn and getting a peek into Julia Child’s kitchen, was pretty cool. What can I say? I just love food.
Speaking of which, lunch was the next thing on the agenda. We skipped the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (in most instances I would definitely stop in, but with limited time and a certainty that we’d visit the one in NYC we both decided we’d leave it). The Pavilion Café at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden did the trick for us. It was right next to the National Gallery of Art (figures,) which was going to be our next stop.
Out of all the places we visited, this was probably the place we spent the most time. I may know very little about art history, but I love learning about it when I can.
The Smithsonian Castle across the Mall wasn’t quite what we expected as it served mainly as an information centre for all the Smithsonians more than anything, so after just a quick stopover for a snack, we quickly headed elsewhere. Namely, a look around the Enid Haupt Garden, just outside the castle.
Our final stop for the day was the Hirsshorn Museum which had an amazing collection of modern art (and a few that you literally had to squint at).
Despite having sore feet and feeling drained we decided a bit more emotional draining via rom-com was needed. Specifically, via the film Me Before You. Georgie cried, I cried, we were a mess, but it was a great, relaxing (??) way to end a full-on day. Safe to say we slept like logs that night before our final full day in DC.
Anyone been to Washington DC before? I’d love to know your favourite places to visit, eat or stay. Let me know in the comments!