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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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We were lucky. When we -- mom, dad, two teenage boys -- arrived, a free tour was about to start. We only had 2-3 hours for our visit, so the free tour was a great way to see... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Antioch, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We were lucky. When we -- mom, dad, two teenage boys -- arrived, a free tour was about to start. We only had 2-3 hours for our visit, so the free tour was a great way to see highlights and find out where we should spend more time on our own. We enjoyed "American Stories"... "American Presidency"... "First Ladies"... "THE... More 

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Northwest Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Natural Museum of American History has a plainer facade than most of the other museums on the Mall, but it is impressive inside. Getting through security was quick. The museum was busy as we visited during prime time in the afternoon on a rainy day. The West Exhibition Wing is currently undergoing transformation on all three floors and will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Loads of information on American History. We spent the majority of our time looking at the first lady dresses. We also loves to see the original american flag. It was large and made us all feel proud of our country to read through the history of it. We also enjoyed the julia child kitchen and exhibit. Our kids could not... More 

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Genoa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Get the Smithsonian and Smithsonian Tours apps. The Smithsonians have wifi. There is so much history in here. Main attractions we visited... The Star Spangled Banner (the original one that inspired the song), First Ladies' dresses, Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers, and the Gunboat Philadelphia. What is so great about the Smithsonians is that they are all free, so if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Lots of great American History information. We especially enjoyed the American Wars exhibit and of course Dorothy's Ruby Slippers.

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St Augustine Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is one of my favorite museums in the world. So many artifacts to see from American history. The original American flag from Maryland that Francis Scott Key penned the National Anthem to was AMAZING! We are blessed to have such a place to keep these treasure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We only had an hour to enjoy this museum, but that was OK. Right at the entrance is the Star Spangled Banner display. You look through stations about how our national anthem was inspired. Then, the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key is on display!! It is pretty neat. Then there are some stations about the flag-maker, etc. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Last day in Washington, a Sunday, brought my wife and I to the National Museum of American History. Situated in a building that looked more like Soviet-style grand architecture than the history of the brave and the free, meant that it is massive. One hour is not enough. At least two to three hours must be spent here if you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Had not planned to visit. My kids want to go see the Seinfeld's puffy shirt so there we went. Glad that we did. It has artifacts about the history and culture of our country. The Star Spangled Banner from early 1800's that inspire the national anthem was on display. You won't believe the size of it. It has a little... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

As a quiltlover I was excited to see the "National Quilt Collection" . I came with a small group of other quilters and had to learn, that there are only 2 quilts on display at present time!! There was no information about this issue on the homepage of the museum. We came all the way to see the quilts -... More 

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