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Washington, D.C.

Civil War Nurses Memorial

A bas relief commemorates the "Nuns of the Battlefield" who cared for soldiers on both sides of the conflict.
Washington, D.C.

Mummified Bison at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The 28,000-year-old specimen is remarkably intact.
Washington, D.C.

Rush-Bagot Monument

An overlooked tribute to one of the most important peace deals in American history.
Washington, D.C.

Strom Party Animal

A public art jibe at one of the United States’ oldest and longest-serving senators.
Washington, D.C.

Overthrust Fault

A surprising, but overlooked example of geology in the middle of the nation’s capital.
Arlington, Virginia

Dark Star Park

This unique historical monument features large concrete spheres designed to resemble fallen stars.
Mexico City, Mexico

Palace of the Inquisition

This foreboding building was the headquarters of the terrifying Spanish Inquisition in Mexico.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dragonfly Mosaic

Thousands of people walk over this fantastic work of art every day, but how many notice it?
New York, New York

Asiatic Leopard Diorama

One of the most dazzling dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History is also one of the oldest.
Atlanta, Georgia

Coca-Cola Secret Formula Vault

One of corporate America's best-kept secrets is also one of the most publicly displayed.
Mexico City, Mexico

Secretariat of Public Education Murals

Diego Rivera hid various people and symbols in his first large-scale mural project.
Mexico City, Mexico

Casa de la Memoria Indómita (House of Indomitable Memory)

Its exhibits are dedicated to educating the public about state terrorism in Mexico.
Chile

Lego Atacama Large Millimeter Array

A surprisingly detailed model of the world's most powerful radio telescope.
Dearborn, Michigan

The Roundhouse at Greenfield Village

One of the few working locomotive roundhouses in the United States.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

This Philly landmark has a giant butterfly pavilion, three floors of insect displays, and withstood a $40,000 heist.
New York, New York

African Elephants Diorama

This magnificent herd of stampeding elephants has been frozen in time for over a century.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philbert the Pig

This beloved marketplace mascot poops money and grants good luck.
Dayton, Ohio

SAM 26000

You can walk through the first Boeing Air Force One, which famously carried JFK's casket from Dallas back to D.C.
Columbus, Ohio

Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue

A bronze of the man in all his sinewy glory celebrates his longtime connection to the Ohio city.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Victory Column

A monument to the three wars that led to German unification towers within a Berlin traffic circle.
Berlin, Germany

Vestiges of the Berlin Wall

On the Spree bank, discover one of the last reminders of a symbolic wall that divided, and was torn down by the people.
Washington, D.C.

Organization of American States Building

The grand marble structure next to the White House is Andrew Carnegie's temple to Pan-American diplomacy.
Washington, D.C.

Man Controlling Trade

A muscular Art Deco monument represents the struggle between regulators and unbridled markets.
Washington, D.C.

The Sun Building

This nine-story building is the oldest standing skyscraper in D.C.