National Museum of American History, Washington DC

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Part of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History tells the story of America's socio-political, cultural, and military history from the American Revolution to present day. As you tour, the three extensive floors of exhibits, don't miss its most famous artifact: the original flag that flew during the War of 1812 and inspired the "Star Spangled Banner" poem. The museum stores thousands of archival records, papers, photographs, and recordings. If you're a fervent museum-goer, be aware that the complex is very extensive when toured in its entirety, so plan accordingly. Check the museum's online schedule for information on lectures, activities, and traveling exhibits. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Museum of American History and many more Washington DC attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Washington DC trip planning website .
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  • This is definitely the museum that I always take my out-of-town guests to. They have the repaired flag that inspired the national anthem right at the museum entrance, along with important exhibits tha...  more »
  • Extremely crowded but contains "must see" artifacts. The earlier you arrive the better unless you go on an off season weekday.  more »
  • So much to look at & what a variety too - a piece of the Berlin Wall, the flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner, the First Ladies' dresses, White House china, military artifacts, Dorothy's ruby ...  more »
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  • The Smithsonian National Museum of American History was interesting. The line to get in was fun sucking but understandable. the place is vast and spacious. The museum offers a lot to see to include the absolutely amazing Star Spangled Banner. This is also multi-level. This would definitely be a must-see while doing a museum or history hop through Washington DC.
  • It has a lot of variety. The sections are kid focused or adult focused. A few exhibits probably can probably hold the interest of both for a walk through. I spent 4 hours and still didn't get through the entire building. If you're interested in the details, you can lose track of time reading all the placards.
  • A great museum rich in history and packed with lots of exhibits. It’s a must see if you are visiting DC. As a fashion entrepreneur the First Ladies Exhibit caught my gaze. Seeing the Iconic dresses and how far back some were designed and dated was really INSPIRING. I had a wonderful experience. I highly recommend to all tourists, locals, history lovers, existing and aspiring fashion designers.
  • This is one of our go to museums on the weekends we are in DC. There are always new exhibits and this is the one museum where there is LITERALLY something for everyone, grandparents to babies and beyond! Prepare for it to be crowded on holidays and weekends, but that's any museum you go to in DC along the mall. For parents with little ones, this museum features the Wegmans Wonder place on the first floor. It's a nice Oasis for the little.ones to get out some energy, play, and explore in a contained space. There is also a private bathroom here with a toddler sized toilet and diaper genie. I suggest using this restroom if you have little ones instead of waiting in line at the public restrooms.
  • Wonderful experience! We went on a weekend so it was crowded as usual, but the exhibits are being improved and added to all the time. We never visit the cafes or anything, as they are museum and just generally overpriced but that’s normal. The Americans at War exhibit is my favorite by far, and is definitely worth the trip in itself. It has tons for everyone to enjoy and covers a huge range of topics and artifacts for a family to enjoy. I’ll visit again!!!
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