Almost every country has a museum or two that is a great source of pride for the locals. Many are governmental in nature, tracing the history of the country itself, but others are dedicated to particular pursuits such as natural history, art, or science.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC has been called America’s attic. Spread across 19 buildings, its museums house collections of everything from art to technology, natural history to pop culture. It even has a zoo. The total number of items is estimated to be about 155 million, of which 146 million are scientific specimens in the National Museum of Natural History. The Smithsonian’s collection is so large, only 1% is on display at any given time.
January 21 is Museum Day, and whatever your interests are, there’s probably a museum dedicated to them. Take a look at this random list:
1. Dem Bones
Real life monsters. Huge and fierce. Of course we’re fascinated by them.
2. Under Wraps
Egyptian displays are always one of the most popular at the natural history museums.
3. Canvas and Stone
Art can inspire, frighten, sadden, amuse, teach, and so much more.
Many museums are dedicated to planes, spacecraft, and related technology.
5. Pay Attention
They’re the ones in charge of these priceless collections. Follow their instructions.
This is just a tiny sample from our various collections. You can find your favorites with the search tools on our home page. Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping!