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May 16, 2010 Washington DC

Posted by on May 15, 2010

After our day in Gettysburg yesterday and our trip to Ford’s Theater today, I feel like an expert on the Civil War and Abe Lincoln.

We started our morning at Ford’s Theater where Lincoln was shot. The musuem in the basement has been remodeled since I was last in DC and had some great exhibits. The park ranger who gave the presentation in the theater was horrible! We ate a great breakfast at a hole in wall restaurant across the street.

After Ford’s Theater, we went around the block to the International Spy Museum. It was a ton of fun! There were interactive displays, old spy gear, a small theater, and lots to read. My little boy really liked the air ducts you could crawl through and spy on people below. You might also include a trip to Chinatown when you’re in the area – it’s fairly close.

Since the National Archives was just down the street, we made a brief stop to see the Consitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. I was amazed how faint the writing is and wonder how long we’ll be able to read it.

Tonight we went to a fun show at the Kennedy Center – Shear Madness. It’s a murder mystery where the audience gets to help solve the mystery. It’s a fun show with timely jokes in a great venue. The theater is fairly small and we were in the front row. It was a really fun, intimate experience. I wish we’d had more time to explore the building.

The theater box President Lincoln was sitting in when shot

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