The Smithsonian consist of serveral museums; each museum you could spend an entire day viewing the collections. You will only have a few hours to visit everything. Without a plan your visit can be very overwhelming. My suggestion to you is to talk to your friends on the trip to decide what is important to each of you and then move quickly so that you can accomplish your goals. If you have any specific questions, about the Smithsonians you can let Mrs. Sandy or Ms. Addie know and we will help you.
Use the website and click on the different museums to get some ideas of what you want to see. If you have any questions, let me know...I will try to help you out.
I know...it's tough to decide right now, but keep in mind you only have a little time. The museums are spread out; plus you have to go through security at each one. You will have to go with a game plan!
Here is a brief discription of each museum:
--Smithsonian Castle Completed in 1855, the original Smithsonian Institution Bldg., popularly known as "The Castle" is a good place to start any tour of the Smithsonian museums. The Castle features two orientation theaters, numerous interactive information components, and scale models of monumental Washington.
--Smithsonian Hirshorn Museum & Sculpture Garden View 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture in a striking cylindrical structure and an adjoining sculpture garden.
--Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Contains 23 galleries showcasing the evolution of aviation and space technology, including the original 1903 Wright Flyer, Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, John Glenn's Friendship 7 space capsule, Apollo 11 command module and a space station.
--National Museum of the American Indian -The sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the NMAI is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans.
--Smithsonian National Gallery of Art - one of the world's great art museums with an extensive collection of Western
European, American, Old Masters, Modern, and Contemporary works.
--Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it, this museum boasts more than 81 million items.
--Smithsonian National Museum of American History more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. From the
original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history.
The link to the Smithsonian is http://www.si.edu/