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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  • The Star Spangled Banner!!!! Is beautiful and huge!!! So cool to see in person and you find yourself just sitting there taking it all in!! Also cool to see all the other exhibits that have shaped Amer...  more »
  • In contrast to other historical type museums in DC, this one is a mess. You don’t know where to start or what to see and the stories don’t hang together well, at least for a foreigner. It also seems d...  more »
  • Great history of the country. Good infotainment, as usual in the States. Entrance a bit cumbersome, due to the security lock, but after that everything quite relaxed. Recommended also for children, as the level is well set for experiences.
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  • It was very large, I was only able to go to 1 floor since I didn't get there until after 2 and their is so much to see. Several exhibits were closed for renovations and the cafeteria in the basement was closed by 2:30 even though it said it was open until 3. I enjoyed the gift store , it's hard to find patches now a days but I found several different types! It wasn't what I expected and I wish I would have had more time it was very spread out over 3 floors and their displays must rotate since they have so much, so some of the things I'd hoped to see weren't there.
  • Managed to go on a day where there was no line to get in and it was the same for the Star Spangled Banner exhibit. There are so many wonderful parts to this museum. If you want to make life easy, download the Smithsonial App. You can plan your visit to the various museums. Having that app also made it so that I was able to know exactly what part of the museum I wanted to go to. Those working at the museum for very friendly. It was also wonderful to see them on the wall about people trying to do things they weren't supposed to.
  • That wasn’t what I expected. I thought that would be boring history so I was wrong. The museum displayed products like cookie boxes, radios, telephones, jackets, advertising, transportation and money. That brought me back to memory. On the first floor, it has two playrooms for different group of ages. This museum is big. I haven’t finished and haven’t seen the third floor. The museum was closed at 5:30.
  • This is one of the larger museums in the mall area. Just like most of them museums in the area are free. That is awesome! There were plenty of items to see and do. It was much larger than we expected. A great learning experience for the entire family. Parking can be a challenge, so I wouldn't even try to drive down.
  • Lolita and Big John at Ocean Terrace Cafe. Very attentive to me and my friends. So nice. The food is very good. Clean establishment. If I comeback to the museum I’d definitely comeback for something to eat and I’m going to recommend this location to my friends.
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