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

Great way to spend a few hours

by Kevin G

We enjoyed our visit to the Museum of American History. There are many exhibits to visit. Our favorite was seeing the actual flag from Ft. Henry that was the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner...
Cool stuff!

by spacemountainmom

Can’t beat this free museum, adjacent to the natural history museum,3 floors of history,don’t miss the section with the first ladies gowns