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National Museum of American History

Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Between 12th and 14th Street Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20560 (Federal Triangle)
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Ranked #41 of 461 things to do in Washington DC
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: One of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall, this one has more than...
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Type: History museums, 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 preserve a record of America’s past.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I spent 4 hours hear on my last trip to DC. It is now my favorite Smithsonian museum. The exhibits have been upgraded and are fabulous. The Food exhibit is worth taking lots of time. So interesting. The First Wives exhibit is so much better too. All the video is informative but fun. Nice place to eat lunch. The new... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you have any experience traveling and visiting world-class museums I would stay far away from this. Even the first ladies gowns are kind of a bore!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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18 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Visited on a Saturday afternoon at about 2:30-5:00, which was plenty of time to get through the museum. Parked under the International Trade Building on 14th for a flat rate of $13.00 and had about a 5 minute walk. It feels like every time I go to this museum, I am less impressed. First, it seemed like many exhibits were... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A lot seemed to be under construction and not open? And it's not that big to start with. Most of what was on show was fairy good though and quite interesting it filled a few cold hours. However when it came to closing time I have never come across such rude staff we were all literally thrown out, at first... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We live in nearby Columbia Maryland and were in DC for a snowy weekend in February for my wife's birthday celebration with another couple. We stayed at a boutique hotel on Dupont Circle and decided that since we had not seen the newly renovated American History Museum that we would give it a try. After dealing with a snow storm... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

As a child, museums were dusty and oh so boring, but this museum proves that a museum can a be a place of eye opening wonders and history which inspires every person that visits. The free admission is a super draw to the crowds that flock to this museum, and then once inside the impleccably kept building the exhibitions and... More 

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Bridgwater
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We really enjoyed this. Washington is a wonderful place for SO many reasons but the Smithsonian with all of those museums with free admission must be my favourite reason to love Washington DC. I wish we had been there long enough to visit all of the museums. If they are all as good as this one and the Air and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Lots and lots of people! It's a great display, great coverage of the Civil War and WW1, Depression and WW2. I found the Vietnam War exhibit a bit limited, (having travelled to Vietnam, interesting to see how both cultures convey the 'history' of that time). Sept 11th display was quite engaging, but if you want to be knocked over on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Compared to UK museums (such as the National Museum of Scotland) the material is pretty light touch in truth. Good exhibition on the US Presidents however.

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Wichita Falls, Texas
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

fun to see all the stuff here, much better than the cheesy natural history museum which was more for children.

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