Monday, September 30, 2013

American History

We started off Adventurers with two weeks at the American History Museum!  

We ended up seeing only two of the three floors, in part because some new exhibits had opened up.

There was a very large exhibit on the history of commercial sailing.  I love model ships!

The space dovetailed with their (even larger) transportation exhibit. 

The exhibits are designed to be interactive, so Leena is listening to this statue (in a train station) talk about life as a traveling salesman. You press buttons to hear him talk about different subjects.  There are also lots of boxes and containers to peek into as you see what was being transported when.

Then you get to climb on an MTA subway.  It gives a very good imitation of moving along in the late 1950s/early 60s, while one wall is a movie of riders getting on and off and chatting amongst themselves about various issues.

The exhibit goes from the earliest trains to modern container ships, and includes a 1970s traffic jam!

On the way out, we stopped in on the exhibit showing early forms of generators - very steam punk!

The other week we looked at the Star Spangled Banner, and the military history exhibit which takes up almost the entire top floor.

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