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Night at the Smithsonian

Duration: Around 3 hours
Budget: Around $400. This includes entrance tickets, guides, and transportation.

This date idea takes you and your partner to the world-renowned Smithsonian museum in Washington. However, this is not like any typical museum visit—this time, you'll be experiencing the museum after the general opening hours, giving you a private, quiet, and intimate exploration of the exhibits. Enjoy the tranquility as you wander through the exhibits together, discovering and learning about history, culture, and science. Ideal for intellectually curious and culturally-inclined couples.

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  • You arrive at the Smithsonian right before closing time. As the last batch of daily tourists are exiting through the front, you're quietly slipped through a side door by a friendly staff member. First stop: the awe-inspiring space exhibit. You marvel at the vastness of the universe, soaking in its sheer scale. From there, you move to the natural history section, where you encounter intriguing fossils that take you back in time.
  • A quick visit to the dinosaur exhibit brings out that childlike curiosity and awe in both of you. After a historical experience, you move to the modern world, exploring exhibits of contemporary art, recent discoveries, and significant events of the modern world. Imagine the thrill of exploring everything at your own pace, without rushing or constantly being interrupted.
  • The museum empties as the evening progresses, leaving just the two of you, a few night guards, and the breathtaking exhibits. A peaceful, quiet atmosphere settles over the museum, enhancing the intimacy of the experience. You and your partner feel an unparalleled connection, not just with each other, but with the museum and all its wonders.

Preparation steps:

  • Being a unique date, it does require some preparation. Your first step would be to check with the Smithsonian museum for their 'night tours' availability; book your slot well in advance. Ensure that you know the itinerary to align with your or your partner’s interests.
  • As you'll be walking quite a bit, comfortable shoes are a must! Dress casually but smart, and consider bringing a light jacket or sweater as museums can sometimes be cool on the inside. It might be beneficial to bring a small backpack for items such as your phones, wallets, or any other necessities you might need.
  • Finally, if either you or your partner are history buffs or keen learners, it might be a nice idea to do a little pre-reading about some exhibits you're interested in. You could also prepare a few questions to ask your guide. The more engaged you are, the more you'll get out of your tour.

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Some tips:

  • Keep in mind that food and beverages are typically not allowed in the museum, so it would be a good idea to have a meal before your tour. However, a bottle of water for when you get thirsty might be handy. Keep an eye on museum regulations and abide by them to ensure a respecting and rewarding experience.
  • While exploring the museum, don’t rush through the exhibits. Take your time to absorb the information and enjoy the artworks. Engage with your guide and ask questions - they're there to enhance your understanding and enjoyment. Remember, this is not just about knowing more, but also about a mutual conversation and exchange of observations with your partner.
  • Last but not least, this date could also be coupled with a nice dinner before the tour. Choose a restaurant with proximity to the museum, or even consider the museum café if available. This would provide the time for a relaxing meal and conversation before embarking on an exciting adventure.

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