D.C. Stand Up!
We have arrived! Being in the capital of the U.S., its sooo much to do! We went to D.C. to attend our cousins party whom of which was turning 5! In 4 short days, we not only had a BLAST, but was a great learning experience for us all! Here are our top 5 highlights from our trip to D.C. These are also our top 5 MUST SEE excursions in the city!
This was our number one must-see in the D.C. area! The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
Riley and I LOVE animals and creatures, so when our cousin mentioned to us that we would be going to the aquarium we are way to excited! This place was a beauty inside and out. AND ITS HUGE! The National Aquarium was established in 1873 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts under the auspices of the Federal Fish Commission by Commissioner Spencer Baird. It displayed 180 species of fish, reptiles, and other aquatic animals. In 1878, General Orville E. Babcock, the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds in Washington, D.C. suggested a public aquarium in D.C. As a result, Spencer Baird’s Fish Commission was given 20 acres of land. Because of this, the National Aquarium moved to the Washington Monument in 1878 and consisted of holding ponds known as “Babcock Lakes.”During the 1880s, the aquarium moved again into a building called Central Station near the site of today’s National Air and Space Museum so that it could better serve its main purpose of being an hatching station for the Fish Commission.
The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington’s military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. Its construction took place in two major phases, 1848-56, and 1876-84–a lack of funds, political turmoil, and uncertainty about the survival of the American Union caused the intermittent hiatus. Plans for a national monument began as early as 1783 when
Congress proposed that an equestrian statue of George Washington be erected. Although the Monument was authorized by Congress, little action was taken, even after Major Peter Charles L’Enfant selected its site in his 1791 Federal City plan. Washington’s 1799 death rekindled public aspiration for an appropriate tribute to him, and John Marshall proposed that a special sepulcher be erected for the General within the Capitol itself. Lack of funds postponed construction, but Marshall persevered, and in 1833, he, James Madison, and others formed the Washington National Monument Society.
Ever seen “Night at the Museum” ? Well, that movie took place here!! That movie is literally one of our favorites, so when we were able to squeeze into this massive building, it was definitely worth the wait. Whether looking at the history and cultures of Africa, describing our earliest Mammalian ancestor or primate diversity around the world, examining ancient life forms including the ever popular dinosaurs, or expl
oring the beauty of rare gemstones such as uniquely colored diamonds, the Museum’s
temporary and permanent exhibitions serve to educate, enlighten and entertain millions of visitors each year. The main building on the National Mall contains 1.5 million square feet of space overall and 325,000 square feet of exhibition and public space; altogether the Museum is the size of 18 football fields, and houses over 1000 employees. With a growing network of interactive websites, the Museum is transforming itself into a hub for national and international electronic education, accessible to anyone with access to the internet.
Hard Rock Cafe
Lastly, if you want a good All American cheese burger, or a big juicy steak, you cannot go wrong with eating at the Hard Rock Cafe. This specific location even had a live band, who performed the whole time we were there. From the heart of our nation’s capital, Hard Rock Cafe is doing our patriotic duty by offering fresh, delicious American cuisine against a backdrop of one of our country’s greatest collections of music memorabilia. For more than two decades, guests of Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC have savored world-class flavors and experienced impeccable service in a laid-back, music-infused atmosphere.