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National Museum of American History

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National Museum Of American History, Washington, DC
URL: National Museum of American...  Phone: 202-633-1000

Activity Overview

Explore the great moments as well as the not so great moments in American History at this National Museum in Washington, D.C. There are so many interesting pieces of Americana that span three magnificent levels of this Smithsonian museum and it is all free to the public. You will find something for everyone as you explore these exhibitions and collections that are full of National treasures.

Things to Do

  • With over three million artifacts housed in this wonderful museum everyone in your group with find things to relate to.
  • Some highlights of items that you will be able to view are Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers, Lincoln's tophat, the reconstructed flag that flew at Fort McHenry and was the inspiration of the the Star Spangled Banner, First Lady's Inaugural Dress Collection, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
  • You will also find Julia Child's Kitchen as she left it, Archie Bunker's Chair, dollhouses, American Transportation exhibit, Historical Documents, Food exhibits on how food America food has changed over the years, Harry Potter's School Uniform, Various presidential personal belongings, and much much more.

National Museum of American History Insider Tips

  • With so much to see and take in at this museum, prepare to spend 2-3 hours exploring this one.
  • Be certain to make time to see the Star Spangled Banner Exhibit. It is a fascinating part of our Nation's history and a very humbling exhibit that all should see,
  • Bags are inspected as you enter the museum, so it is recommended that you bring as little as possible with you as you enter. This will speed your entry time, especially if you are with a large group.
  • The best time to visit the museum is during the winter months during January and February when crowds are at their minimum.

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