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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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My wife and I spent 3 1/2 hours here. There are three main floors and plenty to experience. There is a great exhibit on early steam engines and also a wonderful collection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Edwards, Il
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I spent 3 1/2 hours here. There are three main floors and plenty to experience. There is a great exhibit on early steam engines and also a wonderful collection of First Lady dresses. Besides a history of American warfare, the original star spangled banner is here! There was also an impressive exhibit of food and food technology... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is all about American history and it is incredibly well done. Admission is free, you just have to get through the security check. Very limited parking so take a cab, subway or an uber. There are three levels to the museum, with all aspects of American history, from the war of independence, civil war, presidency, first ladies, transportation,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Leading up to national elections this is an absolute must visit for anyone coming to Washington DC. There is a whole section of the museum devoted to past national elections with the fight songs of many of our presidential candidates. One of the most ironic is the cheering, "Hop on the raft with Taft" song which is hilarious when you... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one of our favorites and we can spend hours and hours here. It doesn't seem to be as crowded as some of the other museums. Perhaps that is because it is more popular with the adults rather than children. There is a lot to see and many of the exhibits will take you back to your childhood.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you just see the Stars & Stripes it is a great visit, but be sure to see as much as you can, there is so much history here in a town that is our history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Best to get there in the morning and take the 1 hour tour (all free). it gives you and overview that is very helpful. You cannot see the entire museum in one day and the tour will give you information on where you might want to focus your time.

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Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Located on the National Mall and not far away from the White House and Washington Monument, this is another FREE museum to go to. Almost everything that has to do with American history is here, even Miss Piggy! So much to see and take in. It's such a facinating museum! No water bottles allowed. They do a security check on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be ready to stay a long time-an interesting and exciting place to learn about history better. Kids might get bored soon into the attraction though

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So very nteresting. Love the First Ladies Inaugural Gown Exhibit and the Star Spangled Banner Exhibit. We have been through this museum twice and will be back again because it speaks to our history as a nation. Love it - there is so much to see and appreciate here.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had been wanting to visit this museum for years and finally got the chance! I loved the train exhibits and all of the very interesting and educational information on America. There is a lot to look at in this museum, and I found that it was more interesting for the adults than to the kids in our family. There... More 

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