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National Museum of American History

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20560
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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One of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall, this one has more than 3...

One of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall, this one has more than 3 million artifacts in its collection—from gowns to locomotives—that reflect and preserve a record of America’s past.

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What a rainy wet day, who cares run to a museum! The Museum of American History is so full of wonderful items and stories!! Julia Child's kitchen is what lured us, but the the... read more

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What a rainy wet day, who cares run to a museum! The Museum of American History is so full of wonderful items and stories!! Julia Child's kitchen is what lured us, but the the Star Spangled Banner AMAZED us. Standing in the darkened area gazing on the flag that inspires our countries Anthem and reflecting on the history is overwhelming.... More 

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This was one of my favorites from the 80s when I was a kid, but they no longer have all the great movie icons like Dorothy' s ruby slippers, or the original King Kong model, etc. It was magical to see that stuff as a kid. Today, Indiana Jones's hat is pretty much the entire movie display. Still, it's definitely... More 

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This was my favorite Smithsonian Museum. I could have stayed here all day! When I saw the flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner, it was very moving! You don't want to look away. The section for the Presidents is excellent and the First Ladies dresses are awesome to see. Seeing the American culture section was also great. This section... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great collection and exhibits, but challenges in museum design and timing of exhibit redo efforts equal crowds. Enjoyed lower floor transportation exhibit the most with 7-year-old son; also appreciated military history exhibit. New exhibits opening late June 2017 and summer 2018. Security staff seemed quite rushed and frustrated, which made for an exceptionally poor welcome to the museum. Convenient to... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always a new and fresh look at the history of the country. An impressive display showcasing the wars that our country has participated in. The separate section which discuss the incarceration of the Japanese American population in WWII was very emotionally presented. I also got to see the fabled 1822 half eagle, two of the three surviving examples are in... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We found this museum very superficial. It's great for kids and teens, and has lot of memorabilia, but it doesn't cover any subject in depth. I did enjoy the first lady's and presidents exhibits, but I can't say I learned much. I would not make it a priority when visiting D.C.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful display of First Ladies dresses. Did not have enough time for more. Allow a day for this museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From the light bulb to the mode of travel,there is a lot of history in this museum. I was even able to find a few items of Tesla's. There was an excellent exhibit on money and different forms of old currency.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am constantly amazed at how they redesign and refresh the displays every time I have visited this museum. It's not surprising, considering how many millions of objects the museum has in storage. I was especially impressed with the section on the wars that the US has fought, as well as the coins that they have put on display. In... More 

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Although it was sad at times I really enjoyed this museum. I think this was my favorite of the day. It was crowed though. Lots of school kids this time of the year.

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