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

Go Early

by jasontS3599DC

We hit this museum late on our last day on the mall, so we’re not able to see everything we wanted too see here. Keep in mind they strictly enforce closing time. I would say…
Good Visit

by nickwS6720BD

There is so much to see here that it is jard to take it all in. The Star Spangled Banner was beautiful. We also enjoyed the First Lady exhibit.