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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 20560
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Description: 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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Wonderful Archive of American History

So much to see, and so much to read about along the tour. This is an amazing collection of Americana all under one roof. Definitely a "must see!"

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

So much to see, and so much to read about along the tour. This is an amazing collection of Americana all under one roof. Definitely a "must see!"

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Bountiful, Utah, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is absolutely one of my favorite places in the world. Plan on spending a few hours here and plan on being enthralled by everything on display. Try to tune out all of the kids there on field trips who can't really appreciate what they're seeing. This is a must see!

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Reading, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Traveling with a 5th grader and 3rd grader during school vacation week - this was a great place to visit. The children were able to relate to so many of the exhibits due to their school experiences so it brought more meaning to the subjects they study in school! We liked this museum the best and needed more time there... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

For such a small museum, this one did have quite a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed the Stars and Stripes and being able to actually see the flag which inspired our National Anthem. I would have also enjoyed seeing one of each of the National flags that have flown over the years with a brief comment or history of the symbols... More 

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We loved this museum. I highly recommend the highlights tour. It is free and it was very informative and gave you a chance to figure out which things you wanted to go back and learn more about. They have fun things like Dorothy's slippers and Archie Bunker's chair and then they have very meaningful things like the food counter and... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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188 reviews 188 reviews
37 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful to view the actual Star Spangled Banner itself. Also, I was inspired by the "Whites Only" Woolworths lunch counter where four very young black men sat and bravely started the civil rights movement. Their youthful courage brought tears to my eyes. I enjoyed the exhibit of First Ladies inaugural dresses, and the White House china exhibit. That Martha Washington... More 

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

I am a native Washingtonian. I spent the first 30 years of my life here and I took advantage of the opportunity. I have visited each of the Smithsonian museums many times and had come to call the American Hisory my favorite. I loved the whole floor of cars and are cars, Fonzie's jacket and everything else. I returned their... More 

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Honolulu
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The museum has six main sections and two of them are closed right now. There is a wealth of American memorabilia like Dorothy's shoes from the Wizard of Oz, Julia Child's Kitchen and a really neat exhibit about travel in the US from early America to modern times. There is a house from the 1760's.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed wandering around this museum. The life size trains, trolleys, President Lincoln's carriage and a glimpse back to the 1960's, are just a few of the exhibits in this multi story museum. It was mid afternoon when we arrived Easter weekend, and even though it seemed crowded when we first entered, it is an immense... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I walked through parts of the American History museum with some out of town visitors. I loved seeing Julia Child's kitchen and Dorothy's ruby slippers. We walked through the wing with all the trains and modes of transportation. Really very interesting. I need to visit more often and spend some time just meandering.......a great place for that.

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