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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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Absolutely LOVED this museum!!!!

I felt like a little girl again when I saw the Ruby Slippers and the original Kermit the Frog. There was so much to see. We were there for over 4 hours.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I would recommend you do this museum last as a lot of it is under renovation so it's quite limited. I loved the history of transportation with all the old cars, trains and boats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

I felt like a little girl again when I saw the Ruby Slippers and the original Kermit the Frog. There was so much to see. We were there for over 4 hours.

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Staffs, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Busy but even so, enough space for it not to be annoying. Huge - so decide what you want to find out about or book a long visit! We visited to get to understand the War of Independence and the Civil War, and the material was excellent and - even for those not so enthusiastic about museums - quite motivated... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

was there a lot to see? definitely. but there was too much stuff and variety that it got a bit too much. i ended up looking at the nice stuff and moving along in most cases. the place also lacks character (hard to explain but i felt i couldnt let the place sink in; maybe the inside looked too much... More 

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North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Visited here this past week with my husband and teenage son. We all thought there were some interesting items here but overall we weren't that impressed. Many of the exhibits were closed while remodeling and changes are being made. We did enjoy seeing Lincoln's top hat and the Star-Spangled Banner. The museum was so incredibly crowded that it was difficult... More 

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Huntington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We went at the end of July and it was very crowded. Toooo crowded but the information and exhibitions here are fantastic. We loved seeing the actual "star spangled banner". Several things to see and do-great participation areas for kids, teens and adults. Go when you can take your time and not have to fight a crowd. Anytime you go... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed this museum. I loved seeing all of the memorabilia. The exhibit with the gowns of the First Ladies was my favorite part of the museum. Definitely worth a stop if you are touring the National Mall in DC. Tip: The circulator is public transportation that stops at pretty much all of the sites along the National Mall.... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

great museum to explore the american history. very entertaining and hands on experience. I fully enjoyed it and it was never boring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Have visited this museum several times over the last 30 years and always find it a "must do" when in DC. A lot remains the same but they do add new items from time to time. We had not seen the addition of the Innovations attraction which is hands-on activities for all ages. Well worth another visit if you have... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Our favorite was the First Ladies gowns exhibit and their china. Additional exhibits on the presidents and the history of America were wonderful. The exhibit with American icons seems to have shrunk since we saw this 20 years ago but you still see the Ruby Red slippers from Wizard of Oz. Plan 3-4 hours to see all. Behind this museum... More 

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Address: Constitution Ave. NW, Between 12th and 14th Street Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, DC 20560
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Federal Triangle

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