I was one of those people who thought that the Smithsonian was a museum. Little did I know, the Smithsonian is actually something like 16 museums all over the D.C. area (though most seem to be off the National Mall). We only saw 3 or 4 of the museums, and when I go back to D.C. I am going to make a point of seeing all of them.

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This Samurai Armour was pretty cool...

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I think it was given to Teddy Roosevelt, if I remember correctly.

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This was just a cool display.

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Here is another shot.

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Look at that emerald.

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I see... some tubby old lady upside down...

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Another emerald...

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This is a fullsize of that same emerald.

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Jade, and lots of it...

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Big Sapphire here...

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Cool crown with jade I think

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Diamonds everywhere...

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The Hope Diamond.

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I must confess I thought that there were plenty of other diamonds that were nicer than this one.

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Plus, the crowd around it sucked... took me 5 minutes of standing around just to get these pictures.




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