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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 #38 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Irmo, South Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The American History Museum is one of my favorite museums in DC. I enjoy the pop culture displays and always take a tour of the First Ladies dresses. And we never miss seeing the Star-Spangled Banner! On my recent visit I was pleased to see it had extended hours which I hadn't ever encountered...perhaps it was due to the Cherry... More

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chesapeake, va
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The renovations are modern, updated and roomy, however the re design put away a lot of the interesting artifacts. They new displays are full of murals and words and short on actual relics that I came to see. Some areas have acrylic box displays of a few items for you to walk around and look at....boring. As we exited there... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

This museum is about this great nations history. There is an exhibit the price of peace which documents the wars we have been involved in until now. There is a flag displayed and lots of other American history. If you like American history you will like this museum.

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73 reviews 73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Other than the long wait to enter, we had a wonderful experience. We did not have time to go through the entire museum, but enjoyed the exhibits we did see. Being Spring Break, there were a lot of school groups.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Love coming to the museum. I like the changing exhibit, this visit was the emancipation and the march on Washington. Plus it's free. The earlier you go the shorter the line to get in.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This museum is a wonderfully eclectic mix of American history and pop culture. You can see the Star-Spangled Banner, FLOTUS dresses, Seinfeld's puffy shirt, and a Gryffindor robe all in one place. I find the museum a bit frenetic every time I visit because of the crowds, and the museum's organization seems a little chaotic to me, but it's still... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The presidents and first ladies exhibits are my favorite among all the Smithsonian museums. Be sure to check out the locker rooms on the first floor. On the rainy day we went it was very nice to be able to store our umbrellas and wet jackets while we looked around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This place has a lot to see and a relevant display of recent artifacts. I love vintage and it was awesome to get a look at the tools of times past. My favorite display was the FLOTUS dresses of course and Julia Child's kitchen. I believe the docents think the crowd was only moderate based on a comment made but... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Was a little disappointed with this museum but half of it is under refurbishment and should present a different experience by the end of 2016 (one half of the floor is due to open in 2015). Worth a quick spin around but don't spend more than a couple of hours on it. If you have limited time in DC, skip... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Truly the nation's attic. Everything you would want to know or see and then some. A must for everyone, just remember it gets very crowded almost every day so come early. check out the website before so that you know what you want to see and where it is before you get there.

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