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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 #34 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Dining
Fee: No
Owner description: One of the Smithsonian museums along the Mall, this one has more than...
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Type: History Museums, 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 preserve a record of America’s past.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We were there for 2-3 hours and did not even see a few of the exhibits. I cannot imagine how long it would take to see everything once the west side of the museum is completed. The three sections are supposed to be opened one per year starting in 2015.

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Miami, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I have been at this museum for about 3 time. It is great, but always in renovation. I have not been able to see Jimi Hendrix guitar yet. However is extremely interesting, starting with all inventions, and leaders in different areas that have made this country the best and unique. Of course the The Star Spangled Banner area is inspiring.... More 

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Norwalk, CT
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I've been an engineering and technology buff since I was a kid. I remember going here in the 90's and being in love with the communications section - specifically the old 1950's era computers as well as the early telephones and telegraphs. This is critical technology that made America the innovation powerhouse it is today. So I was really disappointed... More 

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Brisbane
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a great place to get an understanding for what makes America the place it is. A Gray section on the star spangled banner and the history of the song. Plenty on the wars as well. Rail and automotive insist is particularly interesting to see. Still building more to.

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Dublin, Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The museum has exhibits on 3 floors all of which are interesting. There is so much to see, 4 or 5 hours could pass by very quickly. Two restaurants are on site for a coffee break and there is also a souvenir shop. I would visit this museum again and allocate more time to spend here

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Nova Scotia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We loved the exhibits. Very interesting. Well worth visiting. I especially enjoyed the exhibit covering American involvement in wars around the world.

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I had a great time at this museum. There are a few floors to visit and you need a lot of time to cover it all. It has displays from pop culture, American history, presidential displays to car history, etc. I had a great time going into each room taking pictures and learning with their interactive displays. It amazes me... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is one of my favorite museums because of the unique and clever install ations. You have to appreciate the difficulty of displaying a nation's history to primarily it's own citizens. Once you do that, you admire the creative displays. Lots of kids running through this one with their homework checklists, so be prepared for someone pre-teen careening around a... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It's ok. there is tons of interesting things but at the same time it was kinda boring. we walked that museum for 3 hrs and couldn't tell you more then 2-3 things that are in it. idk maybe it's because we are more familiar with American history. it does capture looks at our countries history and explains it well. i... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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113 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum would not be the first Smithsonian to visit, but if you have time after visiting the Natural History and Air and Space museums, this is probably the next best. It is certainly smaller than the previous 2 mentioned and can be done in 1-2 hours at most. Beyond Air and Space, Natural History, and Art. this museum is... More 

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