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National Museum of American History

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Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Between 12th and 14th Street Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Description: 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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A great collection that tells several stories. Get your pictures with Dorothy's shoes, see the flag that inspired The National Anthem,, and lots more cool stuff.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Dallas,TX
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

My son and husband didn't care much for this museum but it was worth the visit to see our country's first flag!

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A great collection that tells several stories. Get your pictures with Dorothy's shoes, see the flag that inspired The National Anthem,, and lots more cool stuff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Easy to navigate in a few hours, enjoyed all the displays and shows. Don't hit the simulation rides on a full stomach though! I loved, loved, loved this museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a vast museum located in the Mall, close to the White House park. It is extremely well well organized and explains the history of the country in great details. Artwork and well as common objects are presented. The access is free and it takes about 2 hours to visit the entire museum.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was the most disappointing place on our trip. There was nothing of significance here. It would be even worse if you had children. It is very limited in what exhibits they offer and the depth of those exhibits. Save yourself some time and frustration and skip it!

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Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a great stop but the security feels they are entitled to have a terrible attitude. We arrived at the opening and one guard was searching visitors while two others continued their conversation and watched as over 75 waited. Then after being open only 15 minutes the supervisor told the only guard working to go on break; he then... More 

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Thibodaux, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

long lines that move very quick. Lots of american history inside. Make sure to see the flag! The originally flag that flew Ft McHenry

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Dungog
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum. We thoroughly enjoyed our many hours here, school kids and all. We did the free highlights tour and Kerry the guide was knowledgeable and provided interesting information in a clear and engaging manner. A rather wonderful history museum, especially from an Australian tourist's perspective.

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Pilot Mountain, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There were so many great things to see here. Some of our favorites were Dorothy's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, The Count puppet from Sesame Street, Archie and Edith's chairs set up as they were in the Bunker's living room, the first Apple personal computer (very large) from 1980, the food exhibit showing how food, kitchens, America's diet,... More 

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Mint Hill, North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I had such high expectations but it felt like this museum got the leftovers from the other museums. Parking was an absolute bear - get there early or park at L'Enfant plaza (almost a mile away). There were literally MOBS of kids to wade through - THOUSANDS of milling, chattering younglings without a care in the world, shoving and run-walking... More 

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