Museums, in Peeps Form


Happy Easter!

In honor of Easter, here are some Peeps dioramas in which the little marshmallow bunnies visit museums, monuments, and other historic and cultural sites. They hail from the Washington Post’s Peeps diorama contests over the years. Be aware that the website insists on playing a brief video ad (with audio) before you can see each photograph.

A few dioramas feature my current workplace, the United States Capitol. One shows one of the recent major snowstorms, with the Capitol in the background. Another depicts Barack Obama’s inauguration; the unfortunate Peeps in this diorama, however, never make it to the Capitol.

The White House is also the subject of some dioramas. My favorite Obama, Bo, is in this one! More good vibes come through in this model of gardening and exercise on the White House lawn. This last depiction shows a tackier moment in White House history.

Of course, any Peeps visiting DC want to see the monuments, such as the Jefferson Memorial (here in its full Cherry Blossom Festival glory) and the solemn Korean War Memorial.

In homage to the National Geographic Museum’s Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit are two dioramas, here and here. You can also see the Awakening, the National Zoo, and Washington National Cathedral.

Art imitates art in these dioramas: the theft of art at Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris, a museum gallery of pop art, the Louvre, an art studio, and street art. And here are King Tut’s tomb and the Sistine Chapel.

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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