Holiday Favorites


Using my Facebook statuses, I have spent the past week or two asking friends their favorite museums, parks, and historic sites for various holiday activities. The very unscientific results follow.

Kenyan Nativity scene at Mormon Temple Visitor Center, 2009

Kenyan Nativity scene at Mormon Temple Visitor Center, 2009

For seeing Nativity scenes… The visitor center at the Mormon Temple in Kensington, MD.

For a pretty outdoor winter scene… United States National Arboretum.

For hearing holiday music… National Museum of African American History and Culture (though there’s no physical museum yet, the museum is holding programs at other Smithsonian museums).

Brookside Gardens, 2010

Brookside Gardens, 2010

For seeing model train displaysBrookside Gardens.

For light displays… National Zoo, Longwood Gardens, United States Botanic Garden, and the Life Saving Museum (I will update with a link once I confirm which one the person meant).

United States Botanic Garden (and US Capitol), 2008

United States Botanic Garden (and US Capitol), 2008

Zoolights at the National Zoo, 2010

Zoolights at the National Zoo, 2010

Creche at Washington National Cathedral, 2009

Creche at Washington National Cathedral, 2009

For general holiday-themed visitsWashington National Cathedral and Confederate White House.

Thanks to everyone who responded!

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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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