Hope Diamond, National Museum of Natural History

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Theron and Nancy Patrick
Springfield, VA

"We have been members of the Smithsonian for 20 years; and being members of the James Smithson Society engages us in unique opportunities. Each encounter is meticulously choreographed for optimum enjoyment. Entering a museum at night, talking to a museum director, walking on the new elephant trail, or going behind 'Staff Only' doors fills us with childlike awe in each new experience. Whatever new experience is presented to us we know it will be incomparable and our expectations will be exceeded."