A museum burnout in D.C.


The Smithsonian Castle

Museum admission in NYC is usually around $12-20, so free admission to any good museums sounds real good. That’s why I like the idea of visiting Washington D.C., all those museums with free admission in one area…wonderful!

However, after running through 3 museums (National Air & Space Museum,
Museum of the American Indian and the Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art)
in 6 hours, I realized that too much of a good thing is bad. I ended up browsing through many things but learning nothing much. I became a museum burnout.

After I’ve seen one porcelain vase from the Tang dynasty, I felt like I’ve seen them all.
See one japanese screen, seen them all.
See one chinese calligraphy, seen them all.
See one old aircraft, seen them all.
See one space capsule, seen them all.
See one native women’s dress, seen them all.
See one portrait, seen them all.
Seen them all, seen them all, seen them all, I ended up not really seeing anything.

I guess to make things worse, there were just too many people.
Long lines to enter the museum.
Long lines through security checks and metal detectors (yes, there were security checks at each museum, and the bigger museums have metal detectors too).
Long lines to the restroom.
Long lines to the cafetaria.
Lots of stress!!

I’ve learned my lesson, next time I’ll choose just one museum and spend my time slowly looking through the things and actually learn something during my visit.

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