I was recently in Washington DC visiting one of my sisters. I am not a huge fan of museums, but I felt like I had to visit a few since the museums are all free! I wasn’t a huge fan of the air and space museum, but the museum of natural history was really cool!! (because I am a huge science nerd) We didn’t leave much time to explore this museum, but I would definitely come visit again! The museum is divided into many sections with various exhibitions on mammalian life, microscopic life, ocean life, human impact, geology, etc. If you love science, you MUST visit this museum if you’re ever in the area!


Mammal exhibit!


Ocean exhibit


Human impact


DINOSAURS!

There is SO much more. You have to go explore it for yourself!

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Yesterday I went to a special teacher’s preview of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s newest exhibit all about Rene Magritte. This exhibition is unique in that it showcases so many of Magritte’s pieces, but not just that. All of these were painted after Magritte officially cut ties with being a surrealist – hence the fifth season reference. I had seen a few of Magritte’s pieces before and was quite excited for this collection of paintings to be displayed altogether. I particularly liked some of the explanations that went with the paintings. They explained what perhaps Magritte was thinking, but since he was such an interesting character with an interesting mind, it’s more just food for thought than actual explanations. I also thought the interactive part of the exhibit at the end where you could put yourself into some of Magritte’s paintings was super fun!

A painter’s photo adventure:

This post is brought to you by another experience outside of the classroom. I am so thankful that San Francisco has so much to offer in terms of community experiences. This is definitely a benefit of teaching in a city rather than a suburb. Our most recent adventure was at the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium moved to the Embarcadero (Pier 15/17) a few years ago. I had actually never gone before so I was super excited to get a chance to go! This place is the best for kids because they truly get to touch and experience everything with their hands and bodies. For the first time ever, I didn’t have to say “no touch” to anybody during the entire field trip. The not-so-fun part is for teachers like me who have to constantly count to make sure I didn’t lose any of the students because parts of the museum are quite dark (necessary for the many super cool light and vision exhibits). The students get really excited and start moving around a fair amount too! But seriously, SO MUCH FUN!

An exploring photo adventure:

One of the biggest reasons to visit London is for all the free and amazing museums! They are awesome and perhaps one of the best is the National Gallery (open late on some evenings, too, which is even better!). This place is so enourmous there’s no way to see everything in one evening, but with it being free, there’s no reason why residents an more long term visitors can’t come more regularly. I feel like if I lived in London I would definitely try and take advantage of all that! All with that, I give you some of the best of what England prizes as good art. Until next time, because it’s back to the U.S. Goodbye United Kingdom, it’s been real!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city cambridge the colleges the tower of london london’s camden so british

An English photo adventure:

Located on the famous River Thames, the Tower of London is not just a tower. In fact, it includes many, many towers because it’s en entire castle and fortress. The reason it’s called the Tower of London is because of the white tower (more like building) built by William the Conqueror in the 1000s. The Tower of London has had a variety of different uses over the years from royal residence to prison to housing exotic animals that were gifted to the monarch. My mom and I spent the majority of a long morning at the Tower of London. Due to just how famous it is, we decided that the entrance fee was worth it. It’s too bad that it didn’t come with audio self-guided tour though because that would have probably given us more information than the placards. You could literally spend an entire day here though with all the museums, exhibits, and galleries inside.

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes the london eats westminster abbeyit’s portrait land!  tower bridge cambridge the city cambridge the colleges

An English photo adventure: