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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 #36 of 253 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 older children, Activities for young children
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

What a fantastic place to visit. The things that we grew up with were on display and called history. This is a place that you visit to catch up with your past. Any of the many Museums in the capital are worth a visit. And I am still amazed that all these sites are free to to enter.

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Great Britain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

There are so many museums along the mall I didn't know wherr to start. I decided on this one and was not disappointed. First ladies' dress collection and star spangelled banner were particularly good.

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New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
58 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

so, The Star Spangled Banner is worth the effort. A very cool an interesting exhibit of a piece of authentic history. Lots of war themed exhibits throughout... It is Washington DC after all. There is also an installation of a New England house from the 1700's that is worth a look if you are into construction, architecture, or design. I... More

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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

They have so many different exhibits, I wish we would have had more time! My favorite was the food exhibit with Julia Childs's kitchen :) Right next door to the Natural History Museum.

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Elgin Illinois
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298 helpful votes 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This museum,located at the far west end of the mall,and just north of the metro blue line stop, was our favorite one. There is something here for everyone history, american pop culture,War heros,First lady gowns,Military artifacts,transportation vehicles from the past, and so much more. I would tour this place in more than one visit if your time allows. ON our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We visited here while in DC. This facility very informative and inspirational!! The displays and artwork were wonderful to see. The cafe food was pretty good too!! I consider this a must see if your ever in the DC area.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum over the Labor Day Holiday. (Significantly less crowds on Tuesday- a lot of people there on Labor Day.) Loved the Star Spangled Banner exhibit and the Price of Freedom Exhibit was very well done. I love the Wizard of Oz, so I had to see the ruby slippers first. Missed Kermit- he was removed 6 months... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Most of the museum is very child oriented. Theres a lot to feel and play with but even an adult can enjoy this. If you take the time to read the exhibits and venture inside of the emancipation proclamation and price of freedom portions, it is very informative. The artifacts such as the ruby red slippers are also cool no... More

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Monmouthshire
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Excellent display and interpretation and some very good items. We really liked the house and it's history since the 1760s. And the pioneer covered wagon and more. But some items were very questionable. The ruby shoes from the Wizard of Oz film and Miss Piggy pieces of history? Really? It is a young country but there is nevertheless much more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed our time here very much. All of the exhibits were informative and appealing. The Star Spangled Banner exhibit was very special. To see the actual flag and learn more about its history was wonderful!

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