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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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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... read more

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Tahoe City, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Cleveland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a great museum. Kids loved the Presidential and First Lady exhibits...loved the dresses in particular. They also loved seeing all the "antiques", from Dorothy's slippers, to an early Apple computer. The flag was amazing. Simply beautiful to see and rather awe inspiring. The War exhibit was excellent as well. We saw everything there was and will go back... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are 23 Smithsonian museums to visit and I visited just one. Didn't have time. So much to do in Washington D.C. I am a history buff of American history. Wright Brothers, Presidents, Space, famous Americans....my favorite part? Looking at the gowns of the first ladies and reading about our Presidents. Could of spent 4-5 hours in here....historical.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

an amazing tour of American history, shows the whole story of a great nation, well organized sections each representing an aspect or era of the molding of the USA. The best section for me was the spangled banner, great display of the original Baltimore flag, you feel as if in a holy place with much respect to express.

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Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is certainly a museum for history buffs, but also a great place for interesting exhibits! I enjoy visiting this museum and there is just too much to see in one day. I recommend doing a little online research if your time is limited. Check the exhibits you must see and print out the map, so you don't leave disappointed... More 

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Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour. Especially moved by the Fort McHenry flag. Wow! Also, we really liked the America on the Move exhibit---very nicely displayed. Jazz cafe was a nice spot for a quick lunch and a good coffee.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First ladies gowns are a main attraction here. It will be interesting to see what is added to the collection after the Trump ball. I like the "Price of Freedom" exhibit the best.

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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really impressed with this museum. Initially interested in the American American section, I quickly came to realize there was a lot more to see. Time got the best of me and I was unable to see everything; I would definitely return to complete it.

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Toms River, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see. Spent better part of a day here. Will return in the future. This is just a great museum. The Smithsonian is such a national treasure.

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