Saturday, September 22, 2012
National Museum of the American Indian
This weekend, Summer and I came down to Washington, DC with my Mama. We have plans for Sunday, but for today, we let Summer pick what she wanted to do- and she chose the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)! I was really excited because I hadn't been there in a few years. The museum is built like a giant spiral around a big rotunda- here's Summer with the spiral of the ceiling behind her. Isn't it pretty?
The museum has a big, light-filled new exhibit called ImagiNations, where kids can learn about the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Here's Summer playing in a big sculpture of a basket.
ImagiNations has lots of little mini exhibits to teach about different aspects of indigenous culture. The exhibit signs are all in both Spanish and English, which is really nice. Here's Summer with a little dish of beans- one of the "three sisters" crops (corn, beans, and squash).
My favorite part of the ImagiNations exhibit was this big tipi and library! There is a giant bookshelf of books all about indigenous peoples and children. The tipi is full of cozy blankets and furs where kids can curl up and read the museum's book collection. It was so cool! I could have stayed for hours.
Down on the first floor of the museum, we saw this cool outrigger canoe just as we were leaving. It reminded me of my friend Maiki, who is from Hawaii. Summer loved it too- she's from the desert and had never seen an outrigger canoe in person.
Outside the museum, there is a beautiful sculpture garden filled with fountains. Of course, Summer and I had to take photos by the fountains! Doesn't Summer look pretty?
Here we are together in front of the biggest fountain of all! The water was pounding against the rocks just like on the ocean shore. We both agreed it that it was awesome. (P.S. Do you like our matching outfits?)
I'm so glad we got to take Summer to the NMAI! The ImagiNations exhibit was awesome; we both learned so much. I hope we get to go back and explore more of the museum next time I'm in DC. If you ever are in the city, you should definitely check it out! Have you ever been to a museum? Did you have a favorite exhibit?
In this entry I'm wearing: flutter-sleeve shirt from Royal Doll Boutique, jeans by American Girl, and Janes shoes.
Posted by Inky at 7:12 PM
Labels: summer, washington dc Location: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC 20024, USA