National Museum of American History re-opened in November 2008 after a $54 million renovation that added an awe-inspiring Star-Spangled Banner Gallery. Here you can the flag as it was in “dawn’s early light.” Children also enjoy checking out Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Lewis & Clark’s compass, Edison’s light bulb, plus the ruby-red slippers worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Great exhibits for all ages include the fascinating “First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image” and “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden.”
The National Museum of American History is one of the Smithsonian museums — which area all free. It is also located near the National Mall, which is home to many memorials, monuments and museums.