National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.

National Museum of American History, Washington D.C. (must see)

The National Museum of American History is an eclectic collection of all things American. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution and it is located on the National Mall. It was opened in 1964 and was called The Museum of History and Technology. Over the years the mission of the museum changed and it was renamed. The present collection features the original Star Spangled Banner, the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, the Phyllis Diller gag file, and a Buffalo Soldier coat. An abstract sculpture made of granite and stainless steel stands outside the museum.

There are three floors of historical treasures plus films, rides, programs and special events. The east wing of the first floor focuses on transportation and technology, while the west wing focus is on science and technology. The second floor is dedicated to American ideals and lives. The third floor east wing deals with American wars and politics. In contrast, the west wing deals with entertainment, sports and music.

Artifact walls are on the first and second floors and they have small exhibits. One is devoted to the rise over the century of Chinese food in America. These walls line the center cores of the two floors. There are also two cafes and several stores. Plan to come for the whole day as there is so much to see and do.

Why You Should Visit:
To learn or relive American history; to appreciate what growing up in early American history was like compared to today.

Tip:
It is advisable to spend some time becoming familiar with the museum layout and featured halls. This way you can target specific areas of the museum to visit and better maximize your time here.
To better navigate your way around the museum, use the free maps including the museum layout and where to find each gallery.
Also, check the museum website beforehand for extended hours information!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: National Museum of American History
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Create Your Own Walk in Washington D.C.

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DC Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

DC Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

Washington D.C. is a city of historic memorials and monuments that commemorate key chapters in American history. They are dedicated to all the noteworthy generals, politicians, statesmen and artists who played a major role in shaping the American nation. This walking tour will offer you a glimpse into the history of the U.S.

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Federal Buildings Walking Tour

Federal Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
Georgetown Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Washington D.C. Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
DC Museums Tour

DC Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles

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