Highest priority on my first visit to Washington DC was the Natural History museum.
Age-17 I visited the Deutsches Museum in Munich. And was blown away.
I recall many references at the Deutsches to the Smithsonian museum, adding the similarly famous American Museum of Natural History to my bucket list.
It was 40+ years but I did finally get to visit. And it is impressive.
It has free admission and is open 364 days a year. In 2016, with 7.1 million visitors, it was the fourth most visited museum in the world and the most visited natural-history museum in the world. …
It is also home to about 185 professional natural-history scientists — the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world. …
One thing that surprised me is that the supposedly evil Republican financier David H. Koch has given the largest donations. He’s sponsored a new Dinosaur Hall. He already paid for the Hall of Human Origins.
Those Republicans who believe the earth is only 6000 years old can’t be happy with that. It covers thoroughly all theories of the 6 million years of evolution.
Another exhibit that surprised me displayed the Shoebill. How can I never have heard of this huge, weird bird?