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National Museum of American History
14th St. and Constitution Ave., SW (National Mall)
(1) 202-633-1000 | americanhistory.si.edu
HOURS/TIMESDaily: 10:00am-5:30pm; Hours are extended until 7:30pm many summer evenings, check the website for details
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCENo
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONNone
HIGHLIGHTSFirst Ladies exhibition; The Star-Spangled Banner
METROFederal Triangle; Smithsonian
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.
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