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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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Star-Spangled Banner

This museum houses America's most memorable and important cultural artifacts. From Julia Childs' Kitchen to Dorothy's red slippers visitors can find interesting tales of US... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum houses America's most memorable and important cultural artifacts. From Julia Childs' Kitchen to Dorothy's red slippers visitors can find interesting tales of US history. The most important, of course, is the original Star-Spangled Banner that has been re-housed to ensure it can endure for future generations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This astounding museum has been in the offing since 1915 when a group of African-American veterans of the Civil War first proposed a museum and memorial in Washington. A visit of its chronologically arranged galleries starts below ground level and submerges the visitor in the dark and despair of slavery's Middle Passage then wends and ascends to upper floors where... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting but also very patriotic museum about the history of the USA. I liked the oldest parts best and felt that the exhibitions should be even larger. It has a very good cafe downstairs and concerts in the lobby

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I expected less of the background data, more of the pop culture in certain areas. I loved Julia Child's Kitchen, the history of transportation and the 3d Sim rides in the basement. Many exhibits were closed, including the African American exhibit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Washington provided us with tons of things to do, among them this Memorial place. We enjoyed all the sites we visite and this Museum was part of our nice vacation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for the First Ladies clothing exhibits, but found much more about Presidential history in general. The Stars and Stripes flag was stunning,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this museum but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. On entering the museum we immediately went to see the original Star Spangled Banner which is kept in very dark conditions as it is so fragile and it has an interesting display explaining its story and explaining why there are some large holes in it.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is so much to see in the National Museum of American History. Just to see the American Flag displayed that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose, "The Star-Spangled Banner," is worth the visit. It is an awesome experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum. The technology and transportation section was Incredible, as was the African-american section. Only reason to drop a star is that about a third or the miseum was being renovated. On another no

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I'm not even American, but seeing the original Stars and Stripes makes me appreciative of where I live and where I've grown up. The section on the wars America has been in taught me SO MUCH. Loved my adulthood history lesson.

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