Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Trip Day Two ... The National Building Museum

Day two of our vacation found us at the National Building Museum. This is a really cool museum with gorgeous architecture throughout.  The building was originally the Civil War pensions offices.  It is modeled after two Roman palaces.  Our reason for visiting  this grand building was the Lego exhibit.  Anything Lego is at the top of my Tom Sawyer's must-do list!

The first part of the exhibit was filled with marvels in Lego construction.  The Lego artist had created many famous landmarks including Falling Water, the Sears Tower, the Capitol Building, and many others.

They were really amazing to see.  Tom Sawyer was thrilled with part one of the exhibit and then he saw part two....the kid building section!!!  A child's dream come true.  There were huge piles of Legos in every shape and color just waiting for us to create our very own masterpiece.  Each of us got busy creating our own building to put in the kid cityscape area.

Even Grandma and Grandpa got into it.

After a lovely lunch at The National Gallery of Art (NGA) and a shopping spree for homeschool art in the NGA book store with my Stepmother's employee discount, we walked through some of the galleries.  We found Leonardo da Vinci's Ginevra de' Benci. She was as beautiful as I remembered her as a child.

We finished off the day with a shopping spree for the children at a Lego store.  There are two of them in the Washington, D.C. area.  My pocketbook is relieved that there are none in our area.  However, using coupons, we got out of the store with very happy children and the budget still intact.  Luckily, my children know not to even consider looking at the big expensive Lego sets. LOL

This concludes day two.

Day three coming up....




  1. I want to go there, but that is a loooong way from where I live. My boys would love the Lego exhibit. I'm going to put it on my list of maybe someday places.

    Enjoy your time!

  2. wonderful!! how fun is that!! Enjoy your trip!

  3. What fun! We are hoping to go to DC something this year - maybe spring. I'll have to take notes from you.

    BTW, there is a Lego store in Raleigh. ;-)