Friday afternoon the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History re-opened. The renovations look amazing, but I didn't make it down to the Mall in time to do more than peek inside, that wasn't why I went. This week was PhotoDC, which was a festival of photography with displays all over the city. I didn't make it to anything else, but while I was checking out the Smithsonian website, I saw that there was a display planned at the museum, so I conned my friend Deena into bundling up and braving the 32(F) degree with me to watch. I made my way down the Mall slowly because I kept getting distracted by the sights of the city at night.
But I did finally make it to the museum, and we stood outside for about half an hour or so, until we'd seen the whole display run through a couple of times. The pictures of exhibit items were pretty neat - this is the clearest one I managed. (You can see the Mall entrance in the middle.)
My favorite was probably the last picture I took as we were walking away from the building and I saw a neat angle at the same time the best photos popped in the rotation.
The restored Star Spangled Banner, which I am going to go see in person tomorrow. (Or Tuesday if the crowds scare me away.)