Musing in museums at the Mall

With unseasonably warm weather expected to continue this week, students may decide to get out and see the District. Here are a selection exhibits and IMAX shows currently offered at museums along the National Mall:

The National Air and Space Museum


Voyage – A Journey Through Our Solar System (outdoors)
In this outdoor exhibition of the solar system, it is presented at one ten-billionth the actual size and stretches 650 yards from the Air and Space Museum to the Smithsonian Castle. This is a permanent exhibition.

Aerobatic Champions – On view are two planes flown in world championship aerobatic competition. Betty Skelton’s Pitts S-1C Little Stinker won the 1949 and 1950 Feminine International Aerobatic Championship at the Miami All American Air Maneuvers. Leo Loudenslager’s Laser 200 won 7 U.S. National Championships (the first in 1975) and the 1980 World Aerobatic title. Started Oct. 4.

IMAX Theater shows:
Adventures in Wild California 12:30 p.m., 4:10 p.m.
To Fly! 10:20 a.m., 1:25 p.m., 3:35 p.m.
Cosmic Voyage 10:55 a.m., 2 p.m.
The Magic of Flight 10:40 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 5 p.m.

The National Museum of Natural History


African Voices – examines the diversity, dynamism and global influence of Africa’s people and culture over time in the realms of family, work, community and the natural environment. This is a permanent exhibition.

Peter Rabbit’s Garden – a multi-media exhibition on the literature and life of Beatrix Potter and her most famous creation, Peter Rabbit. Open Feb. 9 – May 26.

IMAX Theater shows:
Galapagos 10:20 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:50 p.m.
Africa: The Serengeti 11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 2:50 p.m., 4:45 p.m.

The National Museum of American History


Slates, Slide Rules and Software: Teaching Math in America – Go back to the classroom and look at the tools used to teach math across American history from the 1800s to the present. Started Feb. 8.

What’s Cooking? Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian – In Fall 2001, celebrity chef Julia Child donated her kitchen to the Museum.
Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the West End Gallery.

The National Gallery of Art


Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the Vogel Collection – For more than 40 years Christo and Jeanne-Claude have wrapped, covered, draped, and folded fabric over, through, and around everyday objects, both natural and constructed forms. Their work has challenged the traditional definition of sculpture and artistic practice while creating a discourse for such issues as the environment and aesthetics. This exhibition of approximately 60 objects spans the artists’ career. Feb. 3 – June 23

A Century of Drawing: Works on Paper from Degas to LeWitt – Examples by great “old masters” who created some of their most powerful work after the turn of the century – Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, and Winslow Homer – are shown side by side with works by the “younger” generation of artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Nov. 18, 2001 – Apr. 7.

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