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    NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

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    National Museum of American History

    14th St. and Constitution Ave., SW (National Mall)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-633-1000 | americanhistory.si.edu

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    • ATTRACTION

      American History
    • HOURS/TIMES

      Daily: 10:00am-5:30pm; Hours are extended until 7:30pm many summer evenings, check the website for details
    • PRICE (ADMISSION)

      Free
    • POPULAR TIMES

      Weekends; school holidays
    • RESERVE IN ADVANCE

      No
    • WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATION

      None
    • HIGHLIGHTS

      First Ladies exhibition; The Star-Spangled Banner
    • ALLOW

      2-4 hours
    • METRO

      Federal Triangle; Smithsonian
    The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC includes the history of ships and other water vessels that were used throughout US history

    VIBE

    Recently reopened after a major renovation, this museum is definitely a highlight of The Mall and the Smithsonian. Some of the most interesting exhibits include a history of transportation in the US, a retrospective of Americans at war, and the very popular First Ladies Hall complete with couture, campaign buttons, and china. Exhibits feature everything from Kermit the frog to Dorothy's ruby slippers to Carrie Bradshaw's laptop. And don't miss the Hall of Presidents where you’ll see Lincoln's hat, Roosevelt’s teddy bear, and Clinton’s saxophone.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends; your parents; kids; American history buffs

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    This is one museum where you will never get bored. There’s so much to see and do that you'll find something to interest everyone in your group.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The crowds and crowds of tourists.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    Many of the their popular exhibits travel across the country to other museums. Check their website to see which exhibits are on loan and where they’ll be headed.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Museum of London (London); Victoria and Albert Museum (London)

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    The National Museum of American History in Washington, DC includes the history of ships and other water vessels that were used throughout US history

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