During middle or high school trip with your students to Washington DC you will discover a multitude of museums and attractions to fill many days.
Our ‘Ideal” itineraries and programs are designed to ensure all the main highlights are seen. However certain sites are sometimes neglected as many student groups prioritize the main attractions due to time restrictions. We often recommend in the planning phase of your class trip to Washington DC to set out the objectives and also the key elements your group may want to see.
Beyond the obvious and time permitting we may suggest the students walk over to the Einstein Memorial.
The sculpture is located on the grounds of the National Academy of Science and it was dedicated in 1979 to commemorate Einstein’s 100th birthday.
When standing in the middle of the installation it looks as though Mr Einstein is staring directly at you.
You can find 3 inscriptions carved in the monument: they 3 formulas, one of them is quite well known.
The National Portrait Gallery
The only museum dedicated only to portraiture it is a fascinating museum to visit for a student trip dedicated to the arts.
It is part of the Smithsonian Institution of museum in Washington DC and admission is free. Students can see some very famous portraits of the presidents as painted by Stuart Gilbert.
We recommend a stop in your exploration of the gallery at Gilbert’s famous unfinished painting of George Washington ‘The Antenaeum”. It is the image that appears on the US dollar bill.
The National Parks Services describe the park as having been used for many uses since the beginning of the 1800’s.
“Lafayette Park has been used as a race track, a graveyard, a zoo, a slave market, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and many political protests and celebrations.”
It would eventually be named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette a notable Frenchman. Lafayette was a friend of George Washington’s and a close military advisor and also commander in the Continental Army.
Lafayette’s dedication to defeating the British was fueled by his father’s death at their hands. He played a key role in pivotal siege at the Battle of Yorktown leading to an American victory.
The park has a statue in his name and also one for President Jackson and other notable military leaders: Major General Comte Jean de Rochambeau of France, Brigadier General Thaddeus Kosciuszko of Poland, and Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben of Prussia.
So on your next educational trip consider some quick detours to see these different places to see in Washington DC.