A 12-foot (4-meter) sculpture of Albert Einstein is seated on a bench in front of the National Academy of Sciences. The ... More
Albert Einstein Memorial
A 12-foot (4-meter) sculpture of Albert Einstein is seated on a bench in front of the National Academy of Sciences. The sculpture, by Robert Berk, is done in the same style as the artist's famous bust of President John F. Kennedy, located in the Kennedy Center . The Academy of Sciences often features free art exhibits on both science related and non-science related topics.
Even though it's adjacent to the mall area, I've walked right by this great monument many times without knowing it. So glad the DC monuments app we were following included this site! If you're a science buff, don't miss it.
We love this memorial! We actually discovered this by accident 13 years ago and have stopped by every year since! It offers great photo opertunities. One of the things that others have not mentioned is, if you stand on the North Pole at the monument and talk to Albert, it comes back to you in stereo! Move off the North Pole and it doesn't work. Very cool! This is such a peaceful place, especially at night!
I went to GWU for college, and spent a lot of time just hanging out with "Al" at this monument. We discovered late one night (or rather, very early one morning) that if you stand in the very center of the concentric circles on the platform around the monument and talk to the statue, you'll hear an echo. It's the coolest thing ever
I wasn't able to actually go into the museum because we arrived too late in the evening, but the enormous Einstein is a very neat statue-exactly as you picture him, but large enough that several people in a group can sit on his lap or kiss his cheek! It's so close to the other monuments, you might as well stop by and snap a picture!!
Einstein sits at roughly 4 times human form here in front of the National Science Foundation along Constitution Avenue.
Sculpted by the Robert Berk (the same artist who did the Kennedy bust in the Kennedy Center). Alpert is big enough to hold you and your whole family in his lap.
He is holding a document with his famous equation e=mc2 and surrounded by the cosmos.
If nothing else it is a beautiful setting, free and great photo op.
if you believe albert einstein to be one of the most important figures of the 20th century...this is for you. you get to sit on his lap (now how many people can say they sat on a famous scientist's lap?). the best part about it is that considering the attractions the mall offers...this is relatively vacant. after leaving the hot, humid, cramped mall we ventured over to see albert and he was all alone. it was a nice, quiet reprive.
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