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Obviously I had to go to the Natural History Museum in London to compare it to the one in DC. Overall impression, it was pretty cool. I’m not sure if it’s as big as the one in DC but there were a couple of differences that I enjoyed. For example, the main entrance was inspiring. The architecture, staircase, and dinosaur display was so cool. Is it weird that it reminded me of Harry Potter?

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A few months ago, I was lucky enough to be selected to tour the Smithsonian Natural History museum before it even opened! It was so fun to walk through the empty halls. While we were waiting for everyone to gather in the Atrium Cafe I took the time to take a picture of these cool steps. I loved the lines and repetition it created from below.

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I had so much fun at the first ever instameet for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum this past Friday. It was hosted by the museum’s photo department and my mentors from high school, Don and Jim. It brought back many memories of getting out of school early, hopping on the metro and riding it all the way to Smithsonian stop. I used to spend a lot of time in the dark room developing prints of skulls, insects and fossils. Even back then I knew I wanted to be a photographer. I was just trying to find out what kind.

But while I was an intern, they never had the live butterfly exhibit and I loved it! A butterfly even landed on my camera. Does that mean it’s good luck?

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The natural history museum has always been my favorite Smithsonian museum. How about you? When I was little, my favorite part was always the rocks because they were so colorful and different.

Fun fact: Did you know that I used to intern at the Natural History Museum when I was in high school? I was a photo intern and loved every minute. (By the way, this is not the reason why it’s my favorite museum).