Located between the states of Maryland and Virginia, Washington D.C. is not only the nation’s capital, but one of the most historic cities in the country. Famous monuments and landmarks are among the many sights to be seen, along with institutions such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Zoological Park.

With museums closed for the time being, these places are unfortunately not accessible for viewing in-person. Well, thanks to the Google Art Project, several locations are offering virtual tours that allow us to explore these attractions from our own homes.

At Kensington Park, we are observing CDC guidelines of social distancing to keep our residents, staff, and their loved ones safe. Our regular calendar events and outings have been canceled for the time being, but that has not ceased us from finding other ways to have fun. Here are three virtual experiences being offered that others can enjoy as much as we do:

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Located in the National Mall, the Smithsonian is home to 145 million objects that showcase some of the Earth’s cultural and biological wonders. Experience the evolution of species, ancient civilizations, specimens of plants and animals from today, and of prehistoric times. 

In addition, this museum is an epicenter for research. Scientists work to further advance our knowledge and understanding of the planet. Also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and dedication to his legacy of conservation, the Smithsonian aims to inspire the likes of children and adults to bring a greater appreciation towards the natural world and the history behind it all. 

Their online experience showcasing 65,385 objects can be found here: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

See throughout our history how we took to the skies and vastness of outer space at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It holds the proud claim of having the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world.

See the aircraft that was a part of the journey to the first successful flight by the Wright Brothers. View Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, and see an inside look at the gear and numerous shuttles that went into NASA’s famous Apollo missions. The exhibits take visitors to new heights of amazement and wonder. Fortunately, their virtual tour gives access to more than 1,971 items for viewing.

Their online experience can be found here: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is home to a collection of paintings and images of our nation’s presidential leaders and historical figures who have contributed to shaping America as we know it. 

Culture and political history are highlighted along with features of new media and visual arts. 3,811 items are on view in this virtual collection.

Their online experience can be found here: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

As we observe the CDC recommendations for social distancing, it is bringing some of us closer to our homes and families, and we look for ways to make the most out of each day. While museums and other fun attractions remain closed, it does not mean we cannot still find a way to enjoy them.

 

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