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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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+1 202-633-1000
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10:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:30
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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They have re-done this museum since the last time I had visited, and I am not sure I like it better? It's smooth and streamlined now, and I guess you can get through it a lot... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Yorktown, Virginia
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Yorktown, Virginia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have re-done this museum since the last time I had visited, and I am not sure I like it better? It's smooth and streamlined now, and I guess you can get through it a lot faster. I remember it taking forever to see everything before, but that was ok. I liked the themes that they had, but for me,... More 

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South Amboy, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The national museum of american history is, in my opinion, the best museum in DC. It has a fascinating array of many different things from Archie Bunkers Chair to clothing worn by the first ladies of the USA.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What can I say? Fantastic for history, nostalgia, etc. So much to see and soak in. Be sure to plan for a lot of hours here.

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McAllen, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The reason I went to this museum was to see the first ladies' dresses. I was NOT disappointed. I saw that, information on all our presidents and even memorabilia. I was in awe of everything I saw and might have missed in school. Very, very interesting place.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From Archie bunkers chair to the ruby red slippers American TV hall of fame. the American Flag sculpture was heart stopping. the is a must see museum!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited the museum for a third time and it awesome, every time we go they have differente things to see. We kept going back to the First Ladies Exhibition

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This should be the best museum in Washington - and in the United States. It houses the original Stars and Stripes and much else - excellent presidential memorabilia, transportation, warfare and American life through the ages, and even Julia Child's original kitchen! Half the second and third floors are currently closed for the building of new exhibitions and will remain... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum twice. See the giant first American flag, the first ladies' dresses, Abe Lincoln's hat, and much much more FOR FREE!!! Best gift shop!

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Winter Park, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family visited the National Museum of American History last Saturday while visiting Washington D.C. What a disappointment. The special areas and displays seemed disjointed and didn't flow well. The section on American at War was week. Not sure what they are intending for you to learn. There were some good displays regarding the American Revolution and Civil War but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3 floors packed with every thing american Trains, cars, motorbikes, even a helicopter and the first US gun boat that was sunk in1776 and raised from the sea. The upper floor has a good military exhibition. Good couple of hours to be had here.

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