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National Museums in Washinton, DC




The Smithsonian Institution is an educational foundation chartered by Congress in 1846 that maintains most of
the nation's official museums and galleries in Washington, D.C. The U.S. government partially funds the
Smithsonian, thus making its collections open to the public free of charge.

National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is a national art museum, located on the National Mall in Washington. The museum
was established in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of the United States
Congress, with funds for construction and a substantial art collection donated by Andrew W. Mellon. The Gallery's
collection is included paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts, and it
traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present. The Gallery's campus is composed
of the neoclassical, original West Building, which is linked underground to the modern East Building.


West Building of the National Gallery of Art

West Building of the National Gallery of Art and the exhibitions

Exhibitions in the West Building

Cascade Cafe, a clean spacious cafeteria on the basement of the National Gallery of Art

(L)(M) A flower, fall and fountains at the corner of Cascade Cafe, National Gallery of Art
(R) Undergroung passage between the east and west buildings of the Gallery

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art houses the modern art collection.

Green Marilyn' by Andy Warhol, 1963 and other exhibitions

Wild Girl' by Mel Ramos, 1963 and other exhibitions

National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft
and spacecraft in the world. It was established in 1946. Located in Washington, D.C., it is a center for research into the
history, and science of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.
Almost all space and aircraft on display are originals or backups to the originals. It is the most popular of the Smithsonian
museums.

The National Air and Space Museum and exhibitions

The National Air and Space Museum and exhibitions

The National Air and Space Museum and exhibitions

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered bySmithsonian Institution, located on the
National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. The museum's collections total over 500 million specimens of plants,
animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. In 2009, 7.4 million people visited the museum.
It is the most visited of all the Smithsonian museums and is also home to about 185 professional natural history scientists,
that is the largest group of scientists dedicated to the study of natural and cultural history in the world.


National Museum of Natural History

The faces of the Mammal Family

The faces of the Mammal Family

A panorama of dinosaurs displayed.

A down of the nation's capital
(L) Washington Monument (R) Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia on the horizon Crystal City is characterized as
one of many 'urban villages', is almost exclusively populated by high-rise apartment buildings, corporate offices,
shops and restaurants.
These pictures were taken in October 2010 from a guest room of L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC.

スミソニアン協会は、1846年に連邦議会によって創設された教育目的の基金で、ワシントンD.C.内にある国立の博物館・美術館
のほとんどを管理している。これらの施設に対する年間予算は600億円と言われ、その3分の1をアメリカ合衆国政府が負担している。
400億円余りは民間の寄付による。スミソニアン協会が収蔵品を入場料無料で公開しているのはこのためである。

スミソニアンの博物館の中でも最も来場者が多いのが、ナショナル・モール内にある国立自然史博物館である。このほかに、
モール内にあるスミソニアンの博物館・美術館としては、 国立航空宇宙博物館などがある。 ナショナル・ギャラリーは、
ナショナル・モール内の連邦議会議事堂近くにあり、完全にアメリカ合衆国政府が所有している。ギャラリーの西館では、
19世紀のアメリカ、 ヨーロッパ美術の収蔵品にスポットが当てられている。東館は、建築家のイオ・ミン・ペイによって
設計されたもので、現代美術を取り扱っている。

Source: Wikipedia and others

筆者の見た数多くの欧米の博物館、美術館の中で、ワシントンDCのスミソニアンは最も価値あるものの一つであることに間違いない。
時間があれば、1週間以上かけてじっくりと鑑賞したいものである。


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ワシントン・国立博物館
2010年10月執筆
「禁煙席ネット」主宰 日本タバコフリー学会顧問 医学博士 宮本順伯
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The article was written and photographs were taken by Dr. J. miyamoto, in October 2010.



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