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    The National Mall in Washington DC – where you’ll find the (free) museums

    Sep092010

    Today was culture day. No doubt about it. I visited The National Mall in Washington DC for one reason and for one reason only – it’s where the museums are. And good news for you, the budget traveller – they’re all free.

    I started off with the National Museum of American History. It’s fascinating. There’s one exhibition in particular that the ladies will love that’s dedicated to the First Ladies. Here dress after dress from first ladies is on show. Also here is an exhibition on American Presidents and one specifically for Abraham Lincoln. I’ll show my ignorance here, but I wasn’t aware that he was assassinated. I also didn’t realise he was the one who abolished slavery in the US. He seemed one of the better presidents.

    After the National Museum of American History it was one door up to the National Museum of Natural History. Most cities have one of these, and a better way to describe them is ‘dead zoos’. This one is no different. Everywhere you turn there’s another mammal stuffed or skeleton of a dinosaur. It’s a cool museum though.

    After a break for lunch which was in Cosi, a chain throughout the US that does mean salads, I crossed The National Mall to visit the National Air and Space Museum. This one is all hands on and, while it’s extremely popular with children, anybody with an interest in aeroplanes or space should check it out.

    By that stage I was pretty cultured out so I headed back to the hostel where the hostel manager Mark and colleague Danny were waiting for me.

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