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National Museum of American History

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Address: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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I didn't have enough time to see all the museum. I focused on the second world war section. I was very well welcomed and a nice lady answered my questions about other places to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

if you have been here in the past 5 yrs don't bother coming back until late next year. Nearly half the building is closed off for new exhibits that won't open until then.

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Caen, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't have enough time to see all the museum. I focused on the second world war section. I was very well welcomed and a nice lady answered my questions about other places to see. I wish there were more choices for the books ...

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princeton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting. See Dorothy Gales ruby slipper (wiz of oz); commercials advertising cigarettes, corny ads that did not seem corny when first shown. Go back into time. Its free, so you can spend 30 minutes or 3 hrs. I had timed tickets for NMAAHC and we got to the area an hour early, so we spent the hour here. but... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely one of my favorite museums in DC. The exhibit halls cover a wide range of topics and periods, and they are adding several more to open in the next two years. There are thousands of amazing artifacts from throughout America's history. We ended up a little rushed in our 3 hours there, and that was with half... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Go alone or with family/friends. Either way you'll want to take your time and read and experience each exhibit. Unadulterated History that teaches, reaches and touches ones heart and soul. Best to go during the week, early before the crowds. Each floor covers a different time period in history so it's not necessary to start on the bottom floor unless... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great museum showing many aspects of our country. From trains to the actual Star Spangled Banner to Judy Garland's red slippers there is a little bit of everything here. I could spend hours there. I walks you through the history of the country. There is something there for everyone as well. Cannot say enough good things about... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love This Place, I Come Every Year And I Get Amazed On How Much They Change In On Year. Also They Have Be Remodling To Make It Even Better. Come Early To Get A Locker.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you can only visit two museums at the Smithstonian skip this one. I like history as much as the next person, and was pleasantly surprised the place didn't just focus on war, but it was disappointing. There was a lot of focus on subjects like history of transportation or home appliances, or currency (forms of money), which are interesting,... More 

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Tahoe City, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are some great finds within the museum; Bert and Ernie, the First Lady dresses, ect. However the layout of the museum was not super user friendly. If you are really jazzed about going, I would suggest going in the morning when you have full energy to find what you are looking for. I felt it was difficult to navigate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Of all the Smithsonian museums, this one is the most fun. My kids were extremely excited to see Dorothy's slippers, Bert & Ernie, and Miss Piggy. They also loved the president and first lady displays, especially the dresses. We started with the exhibit that takes you through all of America's wars. This section was very educational and definitely sparked my... More 

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