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National Museum of American History

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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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1400 Constitution Ave NW, Between 12th and 14th Street, Washington DC, DC 20560
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited the DC area for the holidays and were lucky enough to miss all but the first few days of the government shutdown. This allowed us to visit a few of the museums on our list. This was, to us, by far the better...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really enjoyed our visit here, so many wonderful exhibits! Loved the First Lady's Gowns and the history of food gallery.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vickima
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This museum really is a must in Lisbon. Very interesting collection of azulejos, fantastic colours, great setting! The top floor offers incredible views of Lisbon before the earthquake. Well worth a visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ANNA P
Reviewed 1 week ago

As most buildings along Constitution Avenue and around the National Mall, this building is grand and impressive, its content wide-ranging and fascinating. Similarly, you can spend a few hours or a few days, depending on your interest. Having grown up with European history, the American...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DirkW107
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive buidling on the Washington Mall. Wonderfull museum with an impressive collection. Great place to visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EasternCanada
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have visited many times and always enjoy spending time there. Both long-standing exhibits and rotating and new ones are always outstanding.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank dannvr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had been here 4 years ago and looked at the First Ladies exhibit and the Transportation exhibit. This time I went though some of the newer exhibits. Be prepared for crowds and being told to leave exactly at 5 pm.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank runinCO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is amazing how large this museum is! They have a bit of something for everyone. We enjoyed walking through each gallery. We started at the top of the museum and worked our way down through the exhibits.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SkateGirl314
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite museums in our nations capital!! They have wonderful variety of exhibits including trains, trucks, cars, and famous inventors.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank engineerpat5290
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is SO much to see at this museum. We had 2 hours before closing time and it certainly wasn't enough. It would be ideal to come several times (it's free) and only focus on one area at a time. The museum is unusual as...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Rebecca A
May 29, 2018|
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Response from mtaylorp | Reviewed this property |
A minimum of 3 hours.
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.
July 2, 2017|
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Response from annettek341 | 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!