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National Museum of American History

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Address: Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20001
Phone Number: 202-633-1000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Enjoyed this museums odd collection of Americana...Prince's guitar, Archie's chair, and the rockets red glare. Not too crowded. Simulators weren't all that we had hoped but... read more

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed this museums odd collection of Americana...Prince's guitar, Archie's chair, and the rockets red glare. Not too crowded. Simulators weren't all that we had hoped but probably fun for young children. Great cafe! Looking forward to visiting again in the summer of 2017 for the Culture collection.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a very interesting and fun tour! The museum has so much fun interesting facts on America history! A must see if in DC!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a brilliant museum. Jane had enough of being the evil Brit from the Revolutionary war so enjoyed reading and seeing Hingis from the Civil war which is brilliantly covered (ok I loved Gansevoort's and Washington's uniforms too). Loved the transport part of the museum and of course the story behind Star Spangled banner although, again, Brits were the... More 

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Beloit, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I especially loved the dresses of the first ladies as well as the china from each administration. The ruby slippers were also neat to see.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited over 3 hour period - interesting exhibits on transportation, history of food, and the stars and stripes. Original cotton stars and stripes flag on exhibit here - amazing to see in person.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum with interesting things for kids and adults. My kids loved the invention part and I enjoyed the American wars exhibit.

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent most of the morning here looking at the exhibits. Don't miss the original "Star spangled banner" exhibit. New exhibits are in the works. Free is great too!

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Gerringong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I simply didn't have enough time to properly complete this museum. It's full of interesting and informative exhibits and comment about many different aspects of US history. It's easily accessible on the hop on hop off bus route (and there are a few different options) and close to many other attractions.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum has lots of different exhibits to see so there is something for everyone. However most of the second floor was closed because they were getting ready for new exhibits coming in the fall... Probably need 2 hours to view this museum

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great peak into variety of eras of our country. Variety of items to interest in many areas. A lot to see so we'll need to return. Get a map at the front and ask the docents for a quick review of what's new.

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