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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 20001
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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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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American history - we are all part of it

How can you not want to see this museum being an American, or visiting America. If you are an American, than you are part of this museum. I laughed when I saw an old early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Essex, Connecticut

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Essex, Connecticut
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12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

How can you not want to see this museum being an American, or visiting America. If you are an American, than you are part of this museum. I laughed when I saw an old early computer from the 1980' s on display (a Kim-1 single computer board) and I still have one and it works. How can you not want... More 

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Roscommon, Michigan
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What can I say I am a History nerd and love this place I took a full 8 hours and still did not get to see/read all the stuff in that place. I definitely will return to finish up what I missed

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Miami, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great museum! Tons to see! I was hoping to see the Hope Diamond on display, but this particular exhibit was closed for remodeling while I was there.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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367 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a disappointment that the Smithsonian could not provide visitors with a decent museum guide. What we were given was of zero value – we had to continually ask where things were, and then we were not always directed to the right place by the staff You could spend several days here exploring all the exhibits – some of our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is probably my favorite museum in the District. I compare it to America's attic, because there are collectable artifacts from nearly every cultural event in this country. You'll find the Dorothy's ruby slippers, original Sesame Street puppets, Michael Jackson's glove, the Star Spangled Banner flag, the First Ladies' dresses and china, Julia Child's kitchen, and so much more. Tons... More 

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gilbert, az
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is so much to see and do at this museum, hard to get it all done in one day. There are some particularly moving exhibits and others that are just fun. Do not be deterred by the renovation, had zero impact on our trip.

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Port Washington, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Looking forward to coming back when two new wings open. Especially liked the Presidential exhibit and the First Ladies Gallery.

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Manassas, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took our 5 and 2 1/2 year old grandchildren. The Wegmans area on the first floor is a small but very nice for younger kids. They also had an area next to it for older kids.

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our highlights here were the ruby slippers, C3PO, mask of Lincoln, and a piece of Plymouth rock. It's free, so you should definitely check it out.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is setup so you can walk through history. It is an eye opener to see how our fore-fathers lived and survived. You will see things you would not expect happened here in the USA.

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