While in Washington, D.C., I visited several of the Smithsonian museums:  American History, Air and Space, and Natural History.  My favorite is the Natural History museum, and I ended up spending the better part of a day exploring moon rocks, the Hope Diamond, countless weird minerals like stibnite, and fossilized skeletons of T-Rex and Triceratops.  Despite its huge size (325,000 square feet open to the public and 1.5 million square feet in all), it feels slightly cramped like the attic of an eccentric trillionaire collector — an attic that houses over 124 million objects.


These photos are from the Natural History and Air and Space museums.  They are hand-held shots (no tripods allowed) in low light often through glass, so some of them came out better than others.