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 a diverse collection of American artifacts and history. It is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and is situated on the National Mall. Its doors first opened in 1964 under the name "The Museum of History and Technology," but its mission has evolved over time, leading to a change in its name.

The museum's current exhibits include notable items such as the original Star-Spangled Banner, the iconic ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," Phyllis Diller's comedy archive, and a Buffalo Soldier's coat. Outside the museum, you'll find an abstract sculpture crafted from granite and stainless steel.

Inside, you'll discover three floors filled with historical treasures, along with films, interactive experiences, educational programs, and special events. The first floor's east wing delves into transportation and technology, while the west wing explores science and technology. Moving up to the second floor, you'll encounter exhibitions dedicated to American ideals and lives. Meanwhile, the third floor's east wing covers American wars and politics, while the west wing focuses on entertainment, sports, and music.

Throughout the first and second floors, you'll come across artifact walls featuring small exhibits. One of these walls is dedicated to the evolution of Chinese cuisine in America over the past century. These walls are positioned along the central cores of the two floors. Additionally, the museum offers two cafes and several stores, making it advisable to plan a full day visit to fully explore and appreciate everything it has to offer.

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!

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Sight Name: National Museum of American History
Sight Location: Washington D.C., USA (See walking tours in Washington D.C.)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery

Walking Tours in Washington D.C., USA

Create Your Own Walk in Washington D.C.

Create Your Own Walk in Washington D.C.

Creating your own self-guided walk in Washington D.C. is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
DC Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

DC Monuments and Memorials Walking Tour

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years," goes the famous quote by Abraham Lincoln.

Indeed, those remembered in Washington, D.C. – the renowned statesmen, politicians, fallen soldiers, and other distinguished persons – had their years filled with life to the brim. What they left behind is a great legacy manifested in historic...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Federal Buildings Walking Tour

Federal Buildings Walking Tour

The capital of the United States is home to several notable federal buildings that hold significant historical, architectural, and governmental value.

Among the stately “emblems of authority” in Washington D.C. perhaps the most prominent is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States – The White House. This resplendent mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Georgetown Walking Tour

Georgetown Walking Tour

Overlooking the Potomac River, in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., lies a historic neighborhood called Georgetown. Those poetically inclined tend to compare Georgetown to "a tapestry of cobblestone dreams and timeless grace." Indeed, this part of Washington, D.C., replete with charming tree-lined, cobblestone streets, cultural landmarks, and a vibrant atmosphere, is a...  view more

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

Washington D.C. Introduction Walking Tour

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia or simply The District, is the capital of the United States and, in many senses, America’s front yard. After the American Revolution, the need for the newly independent nation's federal government to have authority over a capital city and not rely on any state for its maintenance and safety, came in the wake of the Pennsylvania Mutiny of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Arlington National Cemetery Tour

Arlington National Cemetery Tour

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example," a distinguished politician of the 19th century said once.

The historic military necropolis – the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – is the final resting place for many of America's heroes, whose willingness to sacrifice for their country has earned them the...  view more

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

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