Washington, DC: Sit On Einstein's Lap

E = fun 4 U! A big statue of the big genius, friendly enough that you can snuggle in his lap. Sculpted by Robert Berks in his typical "mud monster" style at a cost of $1.66 million, dedicated on April 22, 1979. The 2,700+ metal studs in the map at Einstein's feet represent celestial objects.

National Academy of Sciences

Address:
2101 Constitution Ave., Washington, DC
Directions:
On the north side of Constitution Ave. just east of 22nd St. NW.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Solar System.

Sit On Einstein's Lap

The mural on the ground beneath Einstein's feet is the solar system. If you stand on the sun and speak you will hear your own voice echo -- but you are the only one that can hear it that way. Science!

[Brittni, 11/23/2020]

Einstein statue.

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]

Einstein and me.

Sit On Einstein's Lap

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.

Albert Einstein statue.

Sit on Einstein's Lap

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]
Albert Einstein Statue

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]

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In the region:
Rest Stop Dedicated by Lady Bird, Dale City, VA - 23 mi.

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