Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

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National Natural History Museum, Washington, D.C.

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I loved the National Museum of Natural History! We had so much fun visiting it on a recent Friday evening.

Inside the National Natural History Museum.

Inside the National Natural History Museum. After walking the Mall, we moved our car to Madison Avenue so we could spend as much time as we wanted in the museum. We arrived at 5, so had until 7:30 p.m. to browse the museum before it closed.

After walking the Mall, we moved our car to Madison Avenue so we could spend as much time as we wanted in the museum. We arrived at 5, so had until 7:30 p.m. to browse the museum before it closed.

The coolest exhibit was the Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. Chris was surprised to learn that the amoeba had 670,000,000,000 base pairs (bp) but humans only have 3,200,000,000 bp. There were really cool interactive exhibits For example, on exhibit allowed you to click on various body parts and it would tell you the genes associated with that organ or body part. If you clicked on a woman’s breast, it showed the BRCA1 BRCA2 genes that are linked to inherited breast cancer. The pancreas showed genes linked to Type II Diabetes. Very cool.

Chris wanted to go into the Butterfly Pavilion on the second floor, but he didn’t think $6 was a good value for such a small exhibit. The museum seemed to have a nice selection of moths and butterflies, though.

Instead of the Pavilion, we went to see the Insect Zoo, hosted by Orkin Pest Control. Ha! There were lots of tarantulas, beetles, ants and other insects. I really liked the stick and leaf bugs.

Green leaf bug

Brown leaf bug

We also saw the Korea Gallery and Mummies exhibits.

The museum also has the Hope Diamond in the Gem and Minerals section. We didn’t go to see it, but I wish we had. It’s 45.5 carats and blue. It sounds gorgeous!

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