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National Museum of American History

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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20560
+1 844-750-3012
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed today

We visited twice during our stay; probably a total of 8 hours. We still did not see it all! Definitely start on the top floor (a docent directed us there as a starting point), where they cover the start of our democracy with the Revolutionary...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

After doing several of the museums, we considered skipping this one. We saved it til last and only had 1.5 hours before closing. It wasn’t busy and this was one of my most favorite ones. I recommend this one so strongly. It even had the...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

I love the variety of this museum. Loved the First Ladies dresses section. Loved the history of wars section too. I could have spent the whole day stopping and reading all the information, but my kids were bored and not into it. They rushed through...More

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The museum is spread over four levels. Entrance is free. The section on early immigration which explains how the ethnic Indian tribes were driven away from their home land and how they got marginalised, was an eye opener. Also liked the section on Inca road

Thank Krishhere
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Reviewed yesterday

This building was built in the 1970s and was very dark. However, around 2009 they opened up the center of the building with a new open glass stair case that allowed more light into the building. Sections of the museum are being renovated so check...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A lot to see. I liked a lot the part dedicated to civil war, independence war and the presidents of the USA.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Today we drove over to the District to visit the Museum of American History. District of Columbia was extremely busy with tourists. We enjoyed the museum and saw so many things from our history Lincoln’s top hat was a big surprise . Lots in our...More

Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great museum with incredible and fascinating displays and such a large amount of things to see it would take at least 8 hours to do it justice. Unfortunately, we had less than 2 hours since we had a 12:30 pm entry time...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I can’t believe this museum is ranked higher. It’s a must stop. There’s so much diversity in the exhibits. It was interesting seeing the history of America thru inventions and items of the era. The military exhibit was amazing from the Revolutionary War to Modern...More

Thank Don C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Tons of wonderfully done and often interactive exhibits. The kids loved the transportation section and the First Ladies Dresses. We all enjoy the overview of your history through the decades. If you only have a little bit of time or lots of time this is...More

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Rebecca A
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Response from mtaylorp | Reviewed this property |
A minimum of 3 hours.
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Ashwini R
November 6, 2017|
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Response from Barbara C | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of, only free school tours.
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RunsOn2014
July 2, 2017|
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Response from Annette K | Reviewed this property |
Yes! The kitchen is why we chose this museum among our first to see. If I remember correctly it is the first floor past the the info booth to the left then the immediate left. Have a wonderful time!
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