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National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.: 33 reviews and 79 photos
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.
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