As a family, we've all hit the various museums of the Smithsonian frequently and with fervor. We're all about that sort of thing. But there's always something new to see, and seeing it with friends makes it much more fun!
On our way out, Zack said hello and thank you to Prehistoric Man.
Next, Zack and I enjoyed an entire wall of seashells (these were enormous) ...
and then we all went into the butterfly exhibit, where real butterflies flew about us.
They did include a couple of luna moths among the butterflies, so I finally got to see one in real life. Gorgeous. (I think you'll get a bigger picture if you click on it. I think).
Then Zack insisted on seeing the Hope Diamond (I've taught him well) and we had a long conversation about how diamonds and sapphires and others stones can be different colors, not just their "traditional colors". We saw an enormous outcropping of amethyst...
and an exceptional specimen of Argentinian rhodochrosite, which was between three and four feet tall.
Then Zack got stopped in his tracks by an enormous wall of quartz.
By far, my favorite special exhibit was the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. I'd read in the Etsy Forums about a few artisans participating in this HUGE project (taller than two of me, at least, for the main exhibit), and if you click the link above, you can learn how to contribute, how to learn to make things like this, and more about the project. In a nutshell, it's an enormous coral reef made mostly out of yarn. Please forgive my photos -- the lighting wasn't with me. But enjoy.
I hope you've enjoyed the tour!