Hello educational travelers!

I’m back with another exciting post from my brother about the museums that comprise the Smithsonian Institute. Enjoy!

The Smithsonian family of museums offers unique and interesting educational opportunities for students and teachers visiting Washington, D.C.

All you have to do is settle on what exactly you want to see.

Eager to take to the skies? The National Air & Space Museum has one of the world’s largest collections of aviation and spaceflight artifacts. Amelia Earhart’s plane. Moon rocks (which you can touch!). The Glamorous Glennis (first plane to break the sound barrier). Apollo modules. The collections at the Air and Space Museum both educate and inspire. Get up close and personal with the aircraft and technology that helped humanity reach the stars.

How about stepping back in time? Look no further than the Museum of American History. Explore our nation’s history, the highs and the lows. Come face to face with political touchstones, explore our popular culture, and delve into old timey Americana.

Students looking for some excitement should consider taking a walk on the wild side with a stop at the National Zoo. See Chinese pandas, meet African elephants, hang out with otters and more! The National Zoo has a large and diverse biological spectrum, with creatures from every ecosystem imaginable.

If the outdoors isn’t your thing, consider getting in touch with your artistic side at the National Portrait Gallery. Here you can gaze on historic portraits of American icons such as General Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and George Washington—just to name a few!

These are but a few of the incredible collections and facilities run by the Smithsonian in Washington DC.

Educational tours have plenty of options including the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, The National History Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Postal Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and so much more that are just waiting to be explored on your educational student tour!

Until next time,