The Museum of Natural History (from top left): A triceratops, a sarcophagus, a stone figure from Easter Island, and a sacred bull mummy from ancient Egypt

A Day at the Smithsonian

SNAPSHOTS Mini-challenge: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Sherry Kappel
May 30, 2019 · 3 min read

Something Old

For anyone who is unaware, the Smithsonian is actually comprised of something like 19 museums (along with some other things), all in the center of Washington, DC and covering a wide variety of collections and topics. If you ever make it to DC, you need to plan on several days at the Smithsonian, as they are huge, they are amazing, and they are free! We did “old” this past weekend at the Natural History Museum (above images).

Something New

The American Art Museum is more contemporary, and connects with the Portrait Gallery. It was hard picking images here, as there are so many wonderful options.

“Portrait of Mnonja,” by Mickalene Thomas
The incomparable Toni Morrison, of course, by Robert McCurdy
First Lady Michelle Obama, painted by Amy Sherald; and President Barack Obama, painted by Kehinde Wiley

Something Borrowed…

Dan Flavin’s “monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P.K. who reminded me about death),” a response to Vietnam
Sculpture by Robert Indiana

And, Duh, Something Blue…

Back to the Museum of Natural History! I skipped showing the Hope Diamond, which is actually blue but seemed a little too easy here. You can see a lil’ bit of me reflected in the butterflies below, but I wasn’t feeling particularly blue at that moment. ;-)


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