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National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave. NW, Between 12th and 14th Street Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20560 (Federal Triangle)
202-633-1000
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Ranked #35 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Toronto
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Half closed for renovations but well worth the visit. The star spangled banner is really cool. And they have a lot of george washingtons stuff. I found the chairs where grant and lee sat to end the civil war amazing. Throw in archie bunkers chair, dorothys slippers, and the original miss piggie and its and amazing place.

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Hampton, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great exhibits on American life...from pop culture to agriculture to transportation to war. The flag on display that is over 150 years old is amazing!

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Even in one Smithsonian museum,one needs to pick and choose.I became enthralled with the floor taking a visitor through the American wars from Revolutionary through Viet Nam.When I left in 2.5 hours,I felt I wanted to return to learn more.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Here you can see all of the great, and not so great, moments of American history. The flag which flew over Fort McHenry has been put back together and restored and is on display here. The clothing of the First Ladies is also a great exhibit, although I was turned off on the obvious Michele Obama obsession, which I would... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We dropped by because my partner wanted to see Judy Garland's ruby slippers she wore on The Wizard of Oz. There, I learned this is one of five pairs she used in the movie. We also got to see Archie Bunker's chair, Alice's uniform, Mohammed Ali's gloves, and Miss Piggie among other things. The museum's exhibit rooms are well laid... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

There are a lot of different things to see in the Museum of American History. Set aside some time to take this place in! From the gowns of the First Ladies to the Flag that inspired our National Anthem, there are displays dedicated to experience American History! Neat atmosphere in this building--a must stop!

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East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We dropped by here one day mainly to bring my wife to see the 'Ruby Slippers' when we got in I was really surprised not only how big this place is but also how great it was. Ruby Slippers aside there was an amazing choice of things to see. We tried to cram as much in as we could but... More

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised to find the main benefactor for this museum, Kenneth Behring, is someone we know from our town of Monroe, WI.

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A whole day of our DC visit was spent here, with so much to enjoy and learn about. Had an absolutely fabulous time wandering around and soaking in the atmosphere.

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Irvine, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The National Museum of American History is undergoing a renovation, so much of the focus is special exhibits rather than their standing collection. This is fine -- I found a couple very interesting, including the one on the U.S. at war throughout its history -- but you should check to see what's on display before your visit to make sure... More

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