Whither the Ruby Slippers?

Michael Grass’ Express post about DC tourists not thinking much of our Chinatown starts off with a little link to Livejournaler matheatre’s disappointment at her DC visit last November, owing to the National Museum of American History being closed for renovations till 2008, thus denying her a look at Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

Sadly, she didn’t know about Treasures of American History at the National Air and Space Museum, the backup exhibit filling a spare gallery at NASM. Treasures includes the more popular artifacts from the NMAH collection not currently in storage or out traveling, including, yes, the ruby slippers.

I haven’t been to the exhibit myself, despite my home’s proximity to it, but I really should head down to Air and Space at some point, just to refill my space geek vibe tank.

4 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    I think it would be more interesting to try to find someone who IS impressed by our Chinatown. What’s to be impressed by, really? A bunch of signs have their names in two languages. *yawn*

  2. Max (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

    I’m impressed by the pizza at Matchbox as well as the artwork at the National Portrait Gallery, neither of which have anything to do with China.

  3. Don (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    Yeah, it may be the area I most often go in the city for a drink or dinner – or a Caps game – but to call it Chinatown for any reason other than that’s what’s the metro stop is named? One of the few buildings still housing chinese-themed businesses (the one with the CVS on the corner that’s diagonally opposite Fuddruckers) is slated to be demolished and redeveloped in the new few years.

  4. Paulo (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    Pretty much the Chinese-est (Chinesiest?) things I would come to Chinatown for were Da Hua and China Doll. With those both gone, I mourn. Anyway, I’ve always just called it “Gallery Place,” especially with the National Portrait Gallery reopened there.

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