History museum

National Museum of American History

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Harrison
September 5, 2022
The National Museum of American History's brief is all-encompassing: tell the story of America using a collection of more than 1.8 million historical objects. For a quick jaunt through the highlights, the museum suggests seeing the original Star-Spangled Banner, the lunch counter from Greensboro's famous sit-in during the Civil Rights movement, Dorothy's ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz,” Julia Child's exact kitchen, and Michelle Obama's inauguration dress in "The First Ladies" exhibit. Most exhibits are ongoing, but recent special exhibits include "Reckoning with Remembrance: History, Injustice, and the Murder of Emmett Till." In pre-pandemic times, this was school group field trip central—and a must-stop for tourist families as well.
The National Museum of American History's brief is all-encompassing: tell the story of America using a collection of more than 1.8 million historical objects. For a quick jaunt through the highlights, the museum suggests seeing the original Star-Spangled Banner, the lunch counter from Greensboro's f…
Adele
July 27, 2022
Amazing science, art and history museums :) Glenmont metro stop to Smithsonian metro stop!
Jennifer
July 6, 2022
houses a massive collection of all things American — from the original Star-Spangled Banner to the Nintendo Game Boy.
Laura
June 9, 2021
Must see Smithsonian visit for all!
Eric
January 5, 2020
The original batmobile, Dorothy's ruby slippers, the dresses from all of the US First Ladies, and all sorts of other neat, fun and interesting American History memorabilia. It's free, on the national mall, nearby lots of food trucks, and easily accessible from the Metro!

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Location
1300 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC
Northwest Washington