25+ of the Most Epic Things Stored in the Smithsonian
According to statistics, in 2017 the total number of visits to the Smithsonian museums and institutions amounted to approximately 30 million. The world’s largest museum complex organizes exhibitions and events for any kind of taste and most of its objects are really breathtaking.
Bright Side gathered 27 photos of the most astounding things you can find in the Smithsonian museums.
27. Woman Eating, an ultrarealistic sculpture
26. Expanding and contracting mushrooms that activate when you step on their glowing pad
25. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution on license plates
24. The Unknown Political Prisoner
23. An installation of mirror-like drums and 9 tambourines made in honor of the victims of the Charleston church shooting
22. A pigeon-guided missile system
21. The Remington Self-Check Kit, a home pregnancy test created in the 1970s
20. A 1930s teaching tool that includes 9 varnished wooden apples cut into fragments representing fractions
19. The filing cabinet where comedian Phyllis Diller kept her jokes
18. C-3PO and R2-D2 droid costumes from 1983’s Return of the Jedi
17. A box of pre-World War II glass eyes
16. A scroll that measures 30 feet long and contains 11,000 images in one inch squares depicting artist Loren Madsen’s life
15. The waste collection system used aboard NASA’s space shuttles
14. The Woolworth’s lunch counter where a sit-in protest to challenge racial inequality throughout the South was launched
13. A letter on a coconut sent by a sailor stationed in Hawaii to his wife
12. Bottlecap Figure with Mirror
11. T.V. Clock
10. Smithsonian dead parrot collection
9. Ghost Clock carved from a single piece of wood (yes, that sheet is wooden too)
8. Electronic Superhighway, a 51 channel video installation presenting the continental U.S.
7. The first Macintosh introduced by Apple
6. A menorah made of 9 little Statues of Liberty with important dates from Jewish history written on them
5. The first frozen margarita machine
4. The skeletons of American anthropologist Grover Krantz and his dog Clyde
3. An early microwave oven from 1976
2. Hair from the first 14 U.S. presidents
1. The Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland who played Dorothy in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
Which of the exhibits impressed you the most? Share your opinions in the comments!
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