Seeing the past in the present. The overlooked take on new lives. The no- longer-needed takes center stage. The study and celebration of the remnants.
5. Most engaging text- this sign at the Japanese Internment Exhibit really spoke volumes above anything else I saw in D.C. It was really poignant, and expressed the way the government can use intelligent language to justify an evil act. (Alaina. S)
shout out to mary scott! a custodian at Ipswich High School who also helped save the nation’s war farm products throughout WWII by tending her garden at the famous Caldwell house! (non-elite woman for @itsladymarie)
3.Exhibit that impressed you most- I was not allowed to take pictures of the exhibit itself but they basically took the Vietnam War from American involvement with the French War all the way through to the Vietnam Memorial, separating time by presidents. There were a lot of declassified documents with the writing from key political figures and interesting artifacts like helmets and letters. I would really recommend checking it out if you can, it was amazing and informative! (Alaina. S)
LOOK! it’s @itsladymarie’s favorite object. “balikbayan” is the term given to “overseas filipinos”. balikbayan boxes are used as care packages from overseas filipinos to their families in the philippines, filled with various items, like chocolate, toothpaste, or hand-me-down clothes of better quality. | this object and exhibit really hit home for me because i related with it so much, and felt proud to have national recognition for a family’s immigration story much close to mine!
Favorite item- As a feminist I thought this bracelet was really cool!!! I recently wrote a research paper on second wave feminism and the ERA was a big part of that, so this was really neat to see! (Alaina. S)
2. Cutting edge exhibit- A four player ‘game’ where each player has a character that they can move between strongly disagree and strongly agree to voice their opinions on different topics like voting and activism. Talking between players is encouraged to see a different point a view or sway others opinions. (Alaina. S)
1. Traditional old school museum case exhibit- magazine and buttons used for the poor people’s campaign after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was killed while taking a break from this project to march for civil rights in Memphis, TN. (Alaina. S)
oh no! NOT AN ERROR! this is something i would definitely fix in this exhibit at the Museum of the American Indian. gotta help out the visitor experience! (@itsladymarie)
DC museum scavenger hunt part 2! #7 and #8 are a bit of a duo for me. 7 is something that can be improved with what is around and 8 is something archeological. This is part of the African American Civil War museum which shows a miniature recreation of Camp Barker. I would have made the panels surrounding the display show what’s on the laminated sheets on 8. It would bring more attention to the “something archeological” part! While Camp Barker has not been excavated, the land has been surveyed. There are hopes for a future excavation, so I personally believe that this somewhat in-progress archeological site is very interesting! Imagine what they could find! #9 A 200 year old dead thing. A tapestry hanging in the Anderson House Museum! It is estimated to be from the 1600s, and it is one of the 8 panels of the Diana series at the museum! I found the mythology interesting, but what was also cool was learning a bit about the conservation that went into these tapestries! #10 George Washington! This statue can be seen on the second floor of the American History museum. What I find so interesting about this statue is how it depicts George in a style that is more suited to that of a Roman emperor. This statue sparks some controversy with who George was and how he’s remembered. Although a lovely work of art, I do not find it fitting that any president should be depicted as an emperor. #11 A Whale! Also in the American History museum, in an exhibit about sea travel, a small gem of information is found. It’s the origins of Moby Dick! The novel is an American classic, and even those who have never read it at least know what it is and what it’s about. It’s a nice connection between literature and history! #12 Unexpected/Non-elite women. This is one of the displays over at the Phillips collection! In their display of young artists, a group of school girls show what they believe to be the culture of DC. I think it’s wonderful to get kids involved in public works of art like this. They are the future, and it’s wonderful to see some very young minds participating in a discussion like this. #13 Bonus Round; tally of school kids in bucket hats: 2
Museum scavenger hunt in DC! (1/2) #1 - an old school museum case exhibit! In the National museum of American history, one of the old-school style exhibits shows the food culture and its progression in America! #2 - A cutting edge exhibit! Also in the American history museum, this exhibit caters to kids. It allows kids to have a hands on experience inventing their own stuff, and it’s appropriately located near the exhibit of different American innovations! Hands on exhibits allow visitors to put history into practice. #3 - Favorite item! The Bill Nye the Science Guy lab coat. This is a favorite for me not only because of nostalgia, but because of what Bill Nye represents! He made science education available and fun to children. It’s that kind of vehicle that could and should be used to teach children about history! #4 - Exhibit that impressed me the most! The National American history museum has an exhibit about Japanese internment camps during WWII. This impressed me the most because this is an often neglected piece of American history. And at this respected institution, which has thousands of visitors per day, people have to face America’s dark past and put it into perspective with the present #5 - Most engaging text! The exhibit in the national museum of American history about City of Hope was very engaging. It immersed visitors in the atmosphere of what the protest was like, and conveyed the process and what transpired at the end of the protest. It’s a creative and impactful protest that is often overlooked, so I feel this exhibit did it justice! #6 - Something lovely! Although she is not pictured, my something lovely would have to be my tour guide at the Anderson House Museum. She was both passionate and knowledgeable! She truly made me enjoy the museum more than I had expected to when walking in. She liked to share stories of other guests and their quips during the tour as well, making the tour feel more personal and intimate. She was truly lovely and wonderful!
ever been to a house museum where the house is the exhibit? yes? what about a museum where the EXHIBIT is a HOUSE? only at the smithsonian! this exhibit tells the 200 year old story of a beautiful house from Ipswich, MA, that participated in Colonial America, American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, industrial era, and WWII! this house played a role in all these events and the exhibit walks us through to see the difference that it’s made. (@itsladymarie’s cutting edge exhibit!)
an exhibit explaining the roots of our country’s democracy, filled with great artifacts, including the desk TJ used to write the Declaration, Toussaint L’Ouverture’s cane, and different campaign slogans, buttons, and songs used from elections throughout the years! this was @itsladymarie’s favorite.