Sunday, June 27, 2010

DC Death March, part 7

Happy Fun Day 7

We went to the National Archives in the morning. There was no photography allowed inside the building. We saw America's most celebrated documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. It surprised us how faint the Declaration was. The Magna Carta has several copies in existence; we saw the only one in the United States. They also had a special Civil War exhibit called Discovering the Civil War. One of the weird things in it was a document that showed somebody had been drafted after he had already been killed in the war.

We walked through the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. My favorite piece was Typewriter Eraser Scale X by Claes Oldenburg.

We spent the rest of the day at the National Air and Space Museum. My favorite part of it was the air part because it was closer to the ground. Some of my favorite things were Amelia Earhart's plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, a replica of Sputnik, lunar modules, WWI airplanes and pilot uniforms, WWII airplanes like the Mustang, Spitfire, Zero, Messerschmidt. I got to touch rocks from Mars and from the moon. But my very favorite exhibit was the Wright Brothers' Flyer and gliders. As usual, we didn't leave until the museum closed.

The National Archives.

Typewriter Eraser, Scale X by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

The Wrong Brother in front of the Wright Flyer.

A French SPAD XIII flown by American ace Arthur Raymond "Ray" Brooks.

A Mitsubishi Zero zeroing in.

Don't mess with the Messerschmitt Bf. 109.

Suits worn by John Glenn and Yuri Gagarin.

Alien discovered.

1 comment:

Aunt Pee said...

I like the fecal bag. Could use one of those once in awhile.
Aunt Poop
I like the typewriter eraser. Mane