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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 very impressed with this museum! It's free! One could spend the whole day here. We spent about 3 hours. Very interesting!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We were very impressed with this museum! It's free! One could spend the whole day here. We spent about 3 hours. Very interesting!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC has a wide variety of displays that are good for the young and more mature audiences!

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Rosemount, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I went on the highlights tour early in morning. This is a great way to see the highlights and then pick the areas of the museum you want to concentrate on.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

While many of the items in the museum may not of interest to you, there is so much variety that everyone is sure to find something that is special to them. My wife and I were both very moved by the actual Star Spangled Banner (you MUST see it, it's huge!), and Lincoln's hat from the day he was shot.... More 

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West Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great to learn about some of the history behind America. Some of the better exhibits were the Star-Spangled Banner and the Price of Freedom exhibits.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Very neat museum to go through. My boyfriend really enjoyed the military and transportation sections. I am still intrigued by the toasters, lol. Somehow, I missed seeing Kermit the Frog, so look out for him!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Make sure you are not on a time limit here there is a lot to see. In parts you stepped back in time, relive your childhood and see iconic things from history. My highlights were the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz and Kermit the frog but they are just a few of the great things to see here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Do not miss this museum. It's humbling seeing all the history behind our country, not just wars and military history but thus museum focuses on everything from the history of our media to transportation to economics. Seeing the flag that inspired the star spangled banner will make any trip to DC worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

One of the many Smithsonian museums. Five floors of items and amazing displays. Some of the many items that we viewed were the chairs that Archie and Edith Bunker sat in, the original Kermit the Frog, and the pair of Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We arrived for the museum opening at 10, and went up to the First Ladies Dresses, as we had been told it gets busy. It was very interesting. We followed naturally on to the Presidents, and then across to the War area. Having planned to go onto another museum, and the maps not really giving any information on what else... More 

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