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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 #36 of 257 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Full of different history, from early pioneer days to more modern technology. Found very interesting to see how far technology has come and to realize how "easy" this generation has it compared to my grandparents and others.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

If you go here for no other reason than to see the Star Spangled Banner, you have to go. It's free, and it's an amazing museum.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Our whole family enjoyed an afternoon walking through this museum. There is a little bit of everything here from the patriotic to pop culture. You go from learning about great inventors like Thomas Edison to seeing the actual Star Spangled Banner to seeing Archie Bunker's chair. Definitely worth a few hours when on the National Mall.

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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The National Museum of American History was really fantastic in many ways. Much of it related to items of significance from our history. However, there were many exhibits from the sixties and even seventies that brought back memories from my childhood and teen years. It was great seeing an original 1965 Ford Mustang, and I even enjoyed the exhibit of... More

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

An interesting museum, well presented but seemed to focus overmuch on cultural aspects rather than historical fact. Slightly disappointing.

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Kenmore, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The flag that inspired the Star Spangled Banner is located in here. So is harry Potter, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets. The slippers from the Wizard of Oz are also located here. Definitely check it out

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I had last been to this museum about 13 years ago and while it was still a nice museum to visit I didn't feel it was a great as it was back then, they were also working on all three floors and so there were limited exhibits to see. Our whole visit took a little over an hour. I did... More

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Wahpeton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Lots to see and read, difficult not to want to look at everything. Family-even 17 year old daughter had a great time.

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Muskegon Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This to me is a highlight of any trip to DC. They remodeled it completely and reopened it about two years ago and it's so much better than it was. The exhibits were awesome

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I really enjoyed visiting here, again it's free. There are a lot of interesting things to see in this museum.

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