Family Activities:

National Museum of American History


National Museum of American History

14th Street and Constitution Ave, Washington, 20001, DC

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.

Recent Traveler Reviews

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by Jackie A

We really enjoyed the American History Museum. It was very crowded and we had to maneuver through many large groups of students on class trips. We moved through the museum at a casual pace and…
Start early

by vwtgggpvcxer4

Very nice museum and also very big. A lot of information and interesting exhibitions, but a bit exhausting to see it all. Needs definitely a lot of time, but worth it. Public restrooms need to…