5 Underrated Smithsonian Museums That You Should Check Out

5 Underrated Smithsonian Museums That You Should Check Out

Avoid the crowds at the Air and Space Museum by going to these hidden gems.

The Smithsonian Institute is known world wide for being an institution made up of renown museums and exhibits mostly located on the capital mall of Washington D.C. As someone has spent most of his life visiting these museums I can attest that are very much deserving of the reputation they have received. On top of the fact that every Smithsonian is free of cost (Yup, you read that right you broke college student: FREE!!) they are a great place to spend your summer days while also educating yourself on variety of topics. The things is there are over 20 Smithsonians each dedicated to a specific topic, however the vast majority of people tend to visit a few of the more well known Museums (i.e. Air and Space Museum). Many people are unaware of the countless other Smithsonian museums that exist and are waiting for you to explore. While museums such as the American History museum and the Renwick Gallery have become essentials of the DC experience, this list of hidden gems are just as exciting and worth your time.

1. National Museum of African Art

This underground wonder is unlike any of the other art museums on the National Mall, it is a collection of exclusively African art from around the entire continent. It is a great place to be exposed to unique and non-Western art as well as being a great resources for learning more about African cultures in general.

2. National Museum of the American Indian

This is a building that is both a piece of art on the outside and the inside, its unique architecture alone makes it one of the most stunning places in the entire city. The museum is also known for its interactive exhibitions, authentic food and of the most creative and unique gift shops you will ever see.

3. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This museum is home to Asian art going back centuries. Holding some of the oldest artifacts of any Smithsonian, it is a must see for a true art lover. Its modern pieces are equally captivating and its iconic peacock room is a must see piece of art.

4. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

This museum is the home to some of the most creative, abstract and revolutionary art out there. Every single floor is exciting and different. Your eyes will never be bored at the Hirshhorn.

5. National Portrait Gallery

This is perhaps my personal favorite on the list due to the diversity of its exhibits as well as the beauty of the building itself and its indoor courthouse. Its many paintings, photographs and sculptures are used to tell different stories about the American experience.

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

Live your best life, all around the world.

I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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9 Things To Do In D.C. That Are Out Of The Ordinary

There is so much more to do in this city then what the tour books tell you.

I have spent this past week has been spent wandering around our wonderful capital. The place where our nation began it's path to becoming a global hegemon, Washington D.C. I would recommend doing everything and anything in the city, but here are 10 must do things in D.C for your next trip.

1. Monuments at Night

This was something I hadn't done before and I am so happy I did. Seeing these monuments at night totally blew my mind. Majority of the time we would be the only ones at a monument which made it even more meaningful.

2. Ghost Tour of Lafayette Park

This is one of my personal favorite museums. You get to walk through the history of news, and how important your first amendment right is. This is definitely a must hit if you're near the mall. It was super cool to see how important the media is in the course of history.

3. Go see Albert Einsteins Statue

Over by the Lincoln Memorial is the Albert Einstein statue. If you stand in the middle, right in front of the statue you will even be able to hear your eco bounce off of him, making it seem like he is talking back to you.

4. National Portrait Gallary

This is the location of all of the Presidental Portraits. You can see everyone from George Washington's portrait to the most recent edition of the Obamas. You can also see a portrait made of LL Cool J. Worth the walk back.

5. Get a Library Card at the Library of Congress

If you get a library card for the Library of Congress it is the only way you can get onto the floor of the library. You can wander through looking for books. I can promise you there will be something you will be interested in reading.

6. Register for a Capitol Tour with your Senator

I went about registering for tickets for the Capitol Tour with my Senator and it was so worth it! We got on a tour of four of us total, which was given by an aide. We also got to ride the tram that runs under the Capitol which was amazing.

7. The International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum is getting a new location over right off the mall. The current museum is amazing but will be even more impressive in the new facility. It is projected to open in 2019. It even has secret messages written in different places in the museum, better keep your eyes open.

8. Eat at the Yellow Food Trucks

The yellow food trucks behind the American History Museum will be one of your cheapest options for food in D.C. I ate at these food trucks and was super satisfied because it wasn't overly priced, and it didn't take much time out of sightseeing.

9. The Holocaust Museum

This is one of the most moving museums in D.C. I think it is something everyone needs to see in their lifetime. It is so moving and does an amazing job of showing what their lives were like.

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