#283: The Air and Space Museum. Because it’s nice to have a museum that everyone likes, even if it’s by far not my favorite.
I recentlly learned on a Duck Tour that the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is the second most-visited museum in Washington, DC after the Museum of Natural History (there might be a “National” or “Smithsonian” somewhere in that name, but I am not sure where.) The most recent figures on the Smithsonian’s website are from 2005 for some reason. That year just over 6 million people visited the Air and Space Museum. That is almost the same number of people that live in DC.
Many of those people that visited the museum were of the 4′ and under crowd, I would guess. The museum is one of not very many in the district that is actually great for kids. The second museum that is great for kids is, you guesses it, the Natural History Museum (or whatever it is called.) Air and Space knows its crowd too. There is a McDonald’s outside which always has really, really long lines despite the fact that the much, much nicer Mitsitam Cafe is just around the corner.
It’s nice to have a place that everyone wants to go to, even if it’s not my kind of place.