By far my favorite museum was the National Portrait Gallery.
It provided us with air conditioning on a 98 degree afternoon, was devoid of the huge crowds of the more popular museums (seriously it was so crowded that R. was pushed and had her hat knocked off while viewing the Hope Diamond at the Natural History Museum!) and made for a fantastic History lesson for R (this trip was perfectly timed to go with our homeschooling American History unit we just finished).
Saw an Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe, an Edgar Degas painting of Mary Cassatt, a huge portrait of LL Cool J, a photo of The Grateful Dead (Jerry was thin and beardless!) and this (pictured above) super~fantastic license plate piece with the Preamble to the US Constitution.
The architecture of the old buildings and monuments was so beautiful and very very clean (not sure why I was so surprised by this?)
The girls (my Mom flew out from CA and brought my niece with her!) spotted the “First Dog” Bo playing out on the lawn near the White House front door and I think that was the highlight of their trip!
We had ventured out to Amish country in Pennsylvania the day before and picked up several tea cakes, cupcakes, breads, etc. from some local bakeries to put out for her tea party.
Of course, R. loved her Semi-Fantastic Mr. Fox I made her!
As much fun as we had…its always nice to return home.