My original plan was to start with the American History Museum and work my way around the National Mall, then spread out from there. I got a bit stuck between the Natural History museum and the art museums. That was the plan, but some days inspiration wants you to divert from the plan, which happened on my second week out.
I approach the museums from the east. As I passed the art museum, I thought, "it's damn cold outside, and I'd like to see some pretty things."
"But, you planned to go to the Natural History Museum," I argued. "Stick to plan! Science-y stuff today."
"No, pretty things!" I said.
"No, science-y things!" I argued back. At which point I remembered that the science museum has pretty things. Pretty, sparkly things. So, I could satisfy both my need to stick to a plan and my desire to see beauty.
Ironically, passing the art museum, I saw natural pretty things on it's exterior: The most famous sparkly, science-y thing at the Natural History museum is this:
And many more, but the pictures don't come out too well between the low level lighting, the jostling of the five gazillion kids, and the glare from the glass.
That is science-y and downright beautiful.