Make your spring break exciting with these D.C. museums you've never heard of
Another spring break, another week spent alone while your friends travel the world (unless you are the one doing the traveling – in that case, hooray for you!). With the recent crazy weather, local beaches probably aren't the best option for a quick getaway, and college visits remind us too much of school. After all, it's called a break for a reason! We here at SCO do not wish for you to be lazy and rot on the couch your entire break, so we have compiled a list of some of the quirkiest and most unknown museums right in our great backyard. These museums will surely make for an interesting day trip to some of Washington D.C.'s best attractions you've never heard of.
National Museum of Health and Medicine
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.
National Postal Museum
Have you ever wondered what the "life” of a letter is like? Or pondered on the importance of the Pony Express? The National Postal Museum is one of the least known Smithsonian museums to tourists and D.C. natives alike. It is conveniently located right next door to the Union Station Metro stop, and is home to one of the most fascinating collections of stamps, letters and mail memorabilia in the United States. The museum also houses antique mail-carrying airplanes, train cars and trucks. Take a journey through U.S. history through the viewpoint of one of the oldest and most personal forms of human communication: mail.
The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets are available for $9.95.
National Bonsai and Penjing Museum
Located in the National Arboretum, the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is one of the best museums to check out on a Spring day. Completely outdoors, this museum showcases some of the most unique and beautiful trees in the world. Bonsai and Penjing trees are small trees that are carefully manicured to mimic their larger tree counterparts. The plaques on each individual tree reveals the age of these spectacular plants; many far exceeded one hundred years old. These trees are awe-inspiring works of skilled artisans, and visitors will not be disappointed. This museum follows a maze-like structure, in which visitors start at the entrance and can work their way to the pavilion building, home to the special exhibits wing and visitor information. On a sunny day this museum, as well as the rest of the National Arboretum, can be a fun excursion for you, your friends and your family.
The museum is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. and admission is free.
National Museum of the U.S. Navy
The museum is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free.
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