Many people may want to know: Where would an engineer want to visit on vacation? We have a number of great suggestions, but we will start with Washington, DC. The obvious choice for the engineer is Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. But, as I said, that is obvious, and we will cover that later. Here is another great location: The Building Museum!

Yes, dedicated to understanding the engineering (unfortunately with some architecture and planning thrown in) of buildings and all their facets, systems, and fascinating features. Now, for the bad news. If you didn’t visit it between October, 2009 and July, 2010, you missed what may have been the best exhibit ever. An exhibit dedicated to parking garages. Tell me that isn’t cool.

This is from the News Release at the time:

“House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage is the first major exhibition to explore the history of this familiar structure and open conversations about innovative designs and parking solutions for the future.”

We here at are dedicated to finding more gems like this, and, hopefully, before they are two years out of date. In case anyone ever brings back this exhibit, you will be the first to know. (No one has yet, to our knowledge. Don’t know why.)