Washington, DC: Sit On Einstein's LapE = fun 4 U! A big statue of the big genius, friendly enough that you can snuggle in his lap. Sculpted by Robert Berks at a cost of $1.66 million, dedicated on April 22, 1979. The 2,700+ metal studs in the map at the statue's base represent celestial objects.
National Academy of Sciences
- 2101 Constitution Ave., Washington, DC
- On the north side of Constitution Ave. just east of 22nd St. NW.
Visitor Tips and News About Sit On Einstein's Lap
The circle by Einstein's feet is a celestial map, and the monument is well lit at night. Recommend going after dark with the sky overhead....[Toby, 07/25/2014]
Slippery when wet! Watch out![Flo, 08/08/2013]
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one"... but he said that on a dry day.
Cool statue and a definite for every scientists; it is right outside the National Academy of Sciences. Cool to stand on and take pics with.[okitsbeth, 09/23/2009]
Not only will you want to visit this statue of Albert Einstein the next time you are in DC, but you will also want to have a talk with Albert while you are there. This large statue pictures him contemplating a map of the universe as he knew it. The map is made of black granite with some 2,400 steel studs representing the heavenly bodies. If you stand in the center of the universe and talk directly at Einstein you will get an interesting acoustic echo.
Also, be sure to sit on his lap... it is very comforting.[Ryan, 04/05/2006]
Huge statue of Albert Einstein and several placards noting his accomplishments. You and your friends can sit on his lap and read his notebook of mathematical equations. It is in front of the National Academy of Science.[Arlene Morris, 12/06/2002]