Fun Family Trip to DC 2019

Fun Family Trip to DC 2019

We took a week to drive up to D.C. It’s always wonderful to be with family, especially in May when we have a lot of special dates. We were together for Ben’s and Adriana’s birthdays.

The Patent Office Museum

Almost as soon as we arrived in Virginia, the whole family went to the U. S. Patent Office in Alexandria. A Higgins boat (LCVP) was on display in the park area in front of the entrance.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Allied Forces in WWII, stated the Higgins boat was crucial to the Allied victory:

“Andrew Higgins … is the man who won the war for us. … If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different.” (source: Wikipedia)

If you don’t know about The National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum at the Patent Office, it’s a small, but interesting, museum in the front lobby area. The displays rotate frequently. We picnicked in the park and then spent more than an hour in the museum.

Ben and I by the Higgins boat.

The Museum of the Bible

We’ve wanted to visit the new Museum of the Bible near the National Mall. We were glad to finally check it out and highly recommend it. It’s ranked #10 on TripAdvisor out of 105 D.C. museums. We spent an afternoon, but you could easily spend a day there. They have plenty for children and for adults.

We were interested in one of the exhibits courtesy of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It’s closed now, but was titled: Jerusalem and Rome: Cultures in Context in the First Century CE.

The top floor of the museum has a view of the city. This is a photo of Lily exploring the top floor.

 

We spent the rest of our time just being grandparents and enjoying the family.

Click on any of the photos in this post if you need a larger view.

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