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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 #40 of 248 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Elk Grove, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Star Spangled Banner is always a must see. Unfortunately, after that it was a letdown. Literally, half of the museum (west) is closed for upgrades, While we were there 2 of the areas on the East were closed (during the day) for painting!!!. There was visible dust on the display cabinets and an overall lack of cleanliness throughout to... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I took the guided tour and I really loved how it was structured. The museum is really well done and it is full of historical objects. I would recommend the guided tour which gives so many interesting explanations!

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New York CIty
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87 reviews 87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Half of this museum is under renovation where the most of the West Wing is not open yet. To me, there is a lot of dead/unused space in this place. The Flag was the highlight of the visit and the dresses of the First Ladies was nice to see. You can finish this museum pretty quickly in my opinion.

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Blacksburg
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I had to give this a better than average rating because of the amazing things in the museum--I liked the exhibits with the vehicles/boats and war history, but as a national museum it should have these things. What I didn't like was that after we had walked 25 minutes from our hotel, we then had to cross the huge lobbies... More

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed this museum. We particularly liked the exhibit with the flag from Fort Mc. Henry, with it's history and the one about the origins of "The star spangled banner." America is so vast and there is so much to show and tell that it is difficult to mount such exhibits and to maintain such a museum.... More

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Williamstown, New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This museum didn't hold my kids attention nearly as much as some others. The Star Spangled Banner Exhibit was the best part - seeing the actual flag and reading about its history and restoration was really interesting. I enjoyed the Gunboat Philadelphia display and the First Ladies clothing, but my kids were ready to move on. We had a snack... More

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Williamsville, New York
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329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I allotted a full day to visit this museum as there is so much to view here. We arrived just after they opened at 10:00 and we left around 4:00 when everyones energy was running down. The museum is huge and it's impossible to see and read everything in one day. I came armed with a short list of things... More

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Chicago,Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

They are in the process of putting new displays in one half of the museum. There is a train display, the flag from Fort McHenry. There was a display about Park Forest which is where I grew up an unexpected surprise. Ate at the cafeteria food was good.

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Andover, Massachusetts
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17 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

We had limited time in this museum, but what we did see was great. Loved Julia Child's kitchen and the history of foo in America. The First Lady's clothing was also very interesting. Even the displays in the lobby are worth perusing. Would go back again and again.

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Bordentown, NJ
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I was extremely excited to visit the National Museum of American History, as I'd missed it on all my previous trips. We spent about an hour here towards the end of the day. The museum has an excellent collection of artifacts, but the presentation is poor. As other reviewers have stated, the museum has no logical progression to it. To... More

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