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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
Phone Number: +1 202-633-1000
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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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Lots of interesting exhibits for all ages

We visited with children from ages 4 to 14 and there was something for everyone. The boys tended to love the machines and the girls wanted to see the Ruby shoes and the first... read more

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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited with children from ages 4 to 14 and there was something for everyone. The boys tended to love the machines and the girls wanted to see the Ruby shoes and the first lady gowns. The museum can usually handle large crowds. We parked under the Reagan building which was close by.

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Albemarle, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my favorite.....so far. A nice young lady at the welcome center was awesome and gave us a brief over view of the museum so we didn't spend a lot of time "searching" for what we really wanted to see. It was great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love Julia Child - made a visit specifically to see her kitchen - was so inspired by seeing all her tools and reading snippets of her funny quips. Also liked the California Wine exhibit and the First Ladies dresses - awesome!

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We mostly saw things for the kids, I would have liked more time. Lots of hands on things, We even stopped and played a game of Clue!!

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It has very interesting exhibits. The presidents and First Ladies exhibits are very interesting. The exhibit about the wars is very enlightening. It takes several hours to view everything

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a very disappointing trip. I came here 14 years ago and was just amazed. Over Thanksgiving weekend, it was just so average. There are two wings that have nothing in it until 2017/2018. They have a gift shop filled with Stars Wars items and other super heroes yet there wasn't a single artifact in the museum. Children were... More 

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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots of history here and you could certainly spend quite some time walking around to see everything properly. Even though we were short of time we managed to get around the museum and take a heap of photos...

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Back after chilhood school trip-- so much bigger, better than remembered! Vast collection really showcases American sprirt. Many supports for special needs, easy access.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I knew we couldn't fit in all the museums into our schedule, so I decided to pick one to spend the day in. With a kid, you sort of have to pick and choose what you want to focus on, but it's laid out very well and we saw a great broad sampling of things. I feel like we made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is awesome!! Lots of information, this is not a place to rush through. Its good for all ages. There is plenty of things to take in and understand.... I would take one floor a day just ti take it all in. I had such a great time& great reading everything that was written for our knowledge.

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