This week I had the opportunity to go along on a 4th Grade field trip to Austin. Fourth Graders here spend a lot of time in social studies learning about Texas history, so this field trip is a great way to end the year. We toured the Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Capitol Visitor's Center, and the State Capitol Building. We also had a lovely picnic on the grounds under the shade of huge oak trees. It was a wonderful trip!
I had not been in the capitol building since I was a kid (on a similar field trip), and I had forgotten how impressive the structure is. The columns, moldings, light fixtures, ceilings, mosaics -- really, just amazing. I took lots of pictures, so come along on a little tour:
The lobby is jaw-dropping:
Painting of Davy Crockett near the entrance:
Inside the capitol dome:
Art on the floor, too:
Ceiling in the Senate chamber:
Just one of the magnificent trees:
What a delightful field trip! Great for the parents, as well as for the kids! :)
If you're ever in Austin, stop by the Capitol and check it out for yourself.
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