The "Smithsonian Castle" was completed in 1855 and is today the "Visitor Center" of the Smithsonian Institute. The Institute was made possible by the Englishman Smithson, who gave a huge amount of money to the United States, although he has never been in the USA. Almost all museums in Washington are part of the "Smithsonian Institute".
The NMAAHC is the first museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the history and culture of the African-American population. The museum deals with all aspects of the African Americans in the US. From the history of slavery to the civil rights movement until today. Among the most famous exhibits are leg restraints, African American fashion, the trumpet of Louis Armstrong, the Cadillac of Chuck Berry, a segregated train wagon, a slave shelter and many more. A very moving museum with excellent architecture.
The "National Museum of the American Indian" shows the arts, clothing and cult objects of the Indians of America. In addition to the various nativ tribes that were living in the USA, objects from Central America and South America are also part of the exhibition.
The "Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum" is one of the best of it's kind in the world, with aircrafts from all epochs of aviation history and famous spacevessels. In Chantilly VA near Dulles Airport, there is the "Udvar-Hazy Center" with more famous aircrafts.
The "Freer Sackler Smithonian Museum of Asian Art" is the biggest museum of Asian art history in America. With over 10,000 objects from China alone, it also has one of the largest collections of Asian art outside Asia. The museum got incredible art treasures, absolutely worth a visit.
Many German immigrants have shaped America and became important persons. The German American Heritage Museum shows the history of the most famous people of German descent. Albert Einstein, Wernher von Braun, Robert Oppenheimer, John Rockefeller, William Boeing, Eberhard Anheuser, Levi Strauss, Mies van der Rohe, Elvis Presley, Doris Day, Grace Kelly (her mother came from Germany) and many more. It is exciting to discover how many great Americans had German ancestors. The museum also deals with topics such as food in Germany and tourism.
Museums of Washington DC
One of the attractions of the American capital Washington DC are the great museums, that surround the "National Mall" like a chain of pearls. The Smithonian Castle, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art, belong to the most famous museums of the United States.