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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 #37 of 252 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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Jasper, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed this museum so much more than some of the others we saw. I absolutely loved the History of Transportation. That was so fantastic! I can't get over how many vehicles they could fit in one place...trains, buses, subway cars etc... I really enjoyed the Julia Childs exhibit. It amazes me how they have her identical Kitchen here...It is... More

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West Liberty, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed this museum...liked it so much. I went twice! There was so much to see and learn. The second time I went, the Navy Band was performing on the second floor and it was delightful! My favorite think to see was Julia Child's kitchen! There were so many exhibits, plan to spend plenty of time taking them all... More

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Des Plaines, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Ok, that should be all that I need to say. However, I will also say that coming from Chicago, I really enjoyed seeing the front end of a CTA bus (my granpa used to drive one) and a CTA train with an old route map showing my town (Des Plaines). There was also information about O'Hare airport that I found... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our kids are young (4 & 7) so this museum was a bit over their heads. I can see how older children would enjoy it more. Staff members were nice and the place was very clean. The exhibits were well organized and informative.

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Macon, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

So much to look at and see. My favorite was all the old cars. The trains were beautiful and so much history. Another one of my favorites was Dorothy Slippers.

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Orlando, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This has the potential to be a great museum, but it usually leaves me a bit disappointed. It seems like such a big space and yet so much of it is wasted on the inside. I liked the Presidents section the best. It seemed appropriate for DC. The Star Spangled Banner is the perfect Icon for the museum and nice... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We popped in just to see a specific new exhibit, which unfortunately wasn't open yet! But we had a quick look around the rest of the museum, and it was really interesting, we just didn't have enough time to properly see everything. As with the other Smithsonian museums, it was completely free, which is great.

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boston
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76 reviews 76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Just wanted to reiterate what others have already said....this museum is excellent and well worth the visit. We spent 5 1/2 hours touring it the other day and didn't see it all. Can't imagine how one could possibly see it all once the other half is reopened! It might be worth it to leave the museum for lunch at a... More

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Fort Riley, Kansas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our family attended their 4th sleep over and it was non stop fun! We couldn't get enough and found ourselves talking for days afterwards about how much we enjoyed it. Not only was it fun but we learned a great deal. They provide snacks, breakfast, a show, and tons of activities. Being able to sleep on air mattresses would of... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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78 reviews 78 reviews
65 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This museum was really good for a nice general history of America. They had a nice collection of items to see here. And it was really great being that it was free.

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