will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"National Museum of American History" National Museum of American History Tip by MDH

  Trust me, it very exciting...inside.
by MDH

Located along the National Mall along with the Smithsonian's other museums, the National Museum of American History is one of Washington's (as well as the U.S.'s) most comprehensive collection of the history of the American state. Exhibits here range from the historical to the cultural to the recent. Ancient times, such as the Native Americans, are documented here, as well as the first European colonization, the arrival of Africans, independence, the industrial revolution, the wars, and the modern day. All the good, the bad, the ugly, the fun, and the downright interesting spanning American history is displayed here.

Other exhibits include items of popular and historical American culture: Archie Bunker's chair, Dorothy's red shoes, the first televisions and light bulbs, Ella Fitzgerald's belongings, Julia Child's kitchen, Lincoln's top hat, Calvin Coolidge's wife's '20s flapper dress, the first American naval ship USS Philadelphia (sunk in 1776, raised in 1935 !!!), Benjamin Franklin's printing press, Japanese-American internment camp signs, a pair of shoes found in the World Trade Center rubble, even a recreated early 20th century ice cream parlor where you can get a snack.

Overall, this museum is fun for family, intellectuals, history junkies or people wanting to discover a little bit more American history, and is highly recommend it if you're in Washington.

The museum is open daily from 10 to 5:30. All admission is free.

Address: 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washing
Directions: Located along the National Mall near the Natural History Museum.
Phone: 202-357-2700

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Apr 12, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Good Times”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 1 6 7 2

Have you been to Washington D.C.?

  Share Your Travels