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I am an Air Force wife and mother of three precious gifts from God. I enjoy learning at home with my children, and the many adventures this life sends our way. So stop by often to visit, and check out what the Five Nomads are up to.

Monday, March 16, 2009

American History Museum-Something for Everyone

Another stop on the touring circuit was the Smithsonian's American History Museum. There was so much to see, we had to make it a two trip visit. The first day we did more of the pop culture and American wars sections. The history of our country's wars is done very well, with great interactive exhibits that even kept Bubby happy. The pop culture was just fun. It takes you down memory lane, and you have a lot of "remember when" moments. The gang in front of a Civil War era ambulance. Ones like these were used by the Red Cross, which Clara Barton started.

Even toddlers can have those "remember when" moments. Here Bubby is recalling the fun he and I had on the Dumbo ride at Disney World.

The General is all about Star Wars, so this was a treat.

My niece loves the Wizard of Oz, so she was quite pleased to set her eyes on Dorothy's ruby red slippers.

On the next visit we checked out the following areas: Presidential, Science & Technology, and of course Old Glory-The Star Spangled Banner. The very flag that was flown over Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. This is definitely worth a stop for the flag alone. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed. The flag is too fragile, the exhibit is dimly lit to help in the preservation.

To the left Princess is standing next to a chess set used by one of the first families in the White House. To the right The General is watching one of the video clips, which is one of his favorite learning mediums. It is quite insightful to observe how each child takes in the different exhibits.

Princess tries out the Presidential podium. These interactive stations are a life saver for active boys like Bubby. It keeps him occupied while The General, Princess and I explore and learn.

Here Bubby is playing in the hands on portion of the museum. This is a new section of technology and science. They had experiments for the big kiddos and this play area for toddlers. I think they all had a great time.

Tips for touring: As always, I recommend visiting DC in the fall (nice weather, less people). Summer is too hot, and starting in the spring all of the schools start their field trips. . .again TOO CROWDED! If you must come during peak periods, get there first thing in the morning.
There are little restaurants in the museums, but they can be pricey. Most allow you to bring in a bag lunch, which can save you money.


  1. Fun little trip. President Princess! I like the sound of that! I'm with cousin on the ruby red slippers --"There's no place like home!"

  2. OMG Tami, I can't believe how big the kids are. CRAZY! Reading your blog made me miss you girl. COME VISIT!!!!!!!!! I will do better about keeping up. Blogs are so fun for doing that huh?
    Luv ya