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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 254 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
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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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nashville
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Great visit today to the American History museum. Great size museum which was very doable to hit all of the exhibits in 2hours. Great artifacts such as old weapons, solider uniforms, plus the original star spangled banner!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The museum collects the actual objects familiar in everyday life: it's great to see Julia Childs' kitchen, she's an American icon, in an all encompassing e\food exhibit. The transportation section also has many familiar items to show their place in the development of things. You could spend days in there and not see it all. FREE

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Cary, North Carolina
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24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

What a story there is in the National Museum of American History. The war exhibits alone were worth the time and the trip. The other exhibits were great - loved seeing Dorothy's Ruby Slippers. There's no place like home.

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East Bay, California
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I love this museum! From the Star Spangled Banner to the first toasters. From the ladies gowns to watching the progress of food. We went from eating out of the garden to fast food restaurants - and they aren't even fast enough for our society today. So interesting to watch the progress of our country through our "stuff".

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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Visited the museum last weekend. Not enough time to see all of the great displays. The American flag exhibit that flew over Fort McHenry during the war of 1812 is awe-inspiring. Recommended.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The Museum of American History is one of the best Smithsonian museums, and contains hundreds of thousands of artifacts dating back to well before the Revolution. The sections on the various American Wars, from the Revolution on forward are alone enough to take up an entire day. It is exciting to know that the articles on display are genuine, rather... More

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Raleigh
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Underwhelmed by this museum. The best stuff includes the Star Bangled Banner (flag) and the very small section with artifacts like ruby slippers and Archie's chair. BUT with all of the millions of Americana that must be in storage, what is being shown is such a let down. The entire museum should be chocked full of fascinating artifacts but alas... More

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MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We liked the Ruby Slippers and the Teddy Bear. Unfortunately we had purchased a book about the museum to help us chose what we wanted to see and MOST of the items we were hoping to see were gone - Kermit the Frog, Lincoln's Top Hat, the USS Enterprise - so that made it a little disappointing. The Star Spangled... More

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Perth, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

For an Australian this was a fantastic trip down history. I enjoyed Edison, water, transport, food, flag, at war. The interactive exhibits and explanations were excellent. Recommended

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