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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 #42 of 249 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
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Being a Social Science major and getting a Masters degree in History I was obviously going to visit this jewel of a museum! I liked the "Star-Spangled Banner" exhibit, the "African American History and Culture Galler, and the section on the wars- "Price of Freedom". The gift stores sell some pretty cool things as well.

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dillsburg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The star spangled banner was truly awesome to see. The rest of the museum was lacking flow and exhibits. Not much in this museum.

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World Traveler
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was my first Smithsonian museum, and a good starter. I only had a few hours to visit outside of my conference, so I chose this museum. I was happy to see Abe Lincoln's hat, and the first lady's dresses.

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Sevenoaks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the museum. Plenty to learn about the wars that the US have been involved in, the origins of the national anthem and the actual flag used to inspire it. Lots of African American history too. Some exhibits were better than others but it was a great learning experience for a Brit abroad.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Star-Spangled Banner is absolutely awesome! Presidency exhibit and Americans at war exhibit was great, The rest of the museum was great as well, my first, but also favorite Smithsonian!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Star-Spangled Banner is absolutely awesome! Some of the guests were disrespectful and needed to still take a photo even after several employees and multiple signs ask you not to!!! Kinda frustrating, but we really enjoyed the overall exhibit.. The rest of the museum was great as well, my first, but also favorite Smithsonian!!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We planned our trip and noted that this was one of the museums with extended summer hours. We were not certain what would be open since the museum was under renovation. We arrived on a Tuesday afternoon, about 2 pm. It was busy but not nearly as crowded as some of the other museums we had seen on the Mall.... More

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately, the day we visited was a Saturday in the middle of summer--NOT a good time to go if you want to take your time and really see the exhibits. VERY crowded. All of the exhibits were great, we especially enjoyed the WWII exhibit. We participated in the jury trial of John Brown which was really interesting for us as... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

From the star spangled banner, to Abe Lincoln's hat, to Julia Child's kitchen, this has some of the best Americana out there. I've visited many times and still find something new and exciting in here. Unfortunately it has some renovations underway limiting some of the galleries. But I am sure they will be back soon.

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Oslo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had a great time at this museum! Although the layout could be better. It was a bit hard to know where to go to not loop back and see new things. We discovered enormous exhibits upon going back to certain sections and so forth. The museum is very elaborate and some of the exhibits are simply way too cool!... More

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