The National Museum of American History

Washington, D.C., United States

The National Museum of American History opened in 1964. In 1980, the museum was renamed the National Museum of American History to represent its mission of the collection, care, study, and interpretation of objects that reflect the experience of the American people. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and located on the National Mall.

Each wing of the museum's three exhibition floors is anchored by a landmark object to highlight the theme of that wing. These include the John Bull locomotive, the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter, and a one of a kind draft wheel. Landmarks from pre-existing exhibits include the 1865 Vassar Telescope, a George Washington Statue, a Red Cross ambulance, and a car from Disneyland's Dumbo Flying Elephant ride.



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Founded: 1964
Category: Museums in United States


4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Timothy Devening (5 months ago)
Timed entry passes are a total joke, they are being sold online by people with no intention of using them. No one answers the phone numbers and they never call you back. After paying for these places my entire life, I am in DC and can't visit them. The rest of the country is open and DC is still cowering behind covid. Must be nice to be funded by taxpayers.
Carter Hickel (5 months ago)
Great experience. There are a ton of great items to see here and it's never super busy when I've visited. Julia Child's kitchen is definitely one of my favorite artifacts but the Star Spangled Banner, Washington's uniform, and Lincoln's hat are all also very important to see. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get through the entire museum. Because of how spread out all the popular artifacts are, it's hard to say which areas you can skip if you need to save time. I recommend taking a day to visit the American History museum and the natural history museum. Nice experience, and you can't beat the price!
Galen Johnson (5 months ago)
This review indicates my great displeasure over how museum closed for the day. At 4:25, an employee said we had to leave in 5 minutes. I said the website says 5:30. I was told that is normally so but not for recent reopening. This was not posted on the site or door. There was no intercom announcement. Employees closed access to Star Spangled Banner and elevators before 4:30. I begged one employee to take me up to 3rd floor to see the ruby slippers. I had about 10 seconds to see them. I ran down the stairs to get to the gift store. I had wanted something on the Banner, for you can't take pictures of it. The door was open, but the guard refused me entrance while others were looking. I said, even when you're from 1000 miles away and will never be back? No. My daughter was so hurt. I am very unhappy with the terrible job of information. So be warned. Also, one employee said Lincoln's hat is not on display right now. But I wouldn't know because I was kicked out before getting to the 3rd floor. I arrived at 2:45 and would have skipped so much time on the first floor if the museum had advertised closing time at 4. I will always remember staring at the Banner. I will also always remember a terrible, hurtful, disappointing job of communicating by the museum. Thanks to that one woman who made sure I saw the slippers. For 10 seconds. I invite museum administrators to contact me.
Cody Kalczuk (6 months ago)
I was pleasantly surprised with this museum. I went in and genuinely thought it would be boring in most areas but honestly it was great. The best Smithsonian Museum in my opinion, and I've been to nearly every one if that means anything.
Vil Ramirez (6 months ago)
Can’t wait to go back. Lots to see. Wizard of Oz slippers and the bat mobile. Great for groups and kids. I can’t wait to go back. Take your time. There is lots to see. I’ve been twice and I still haven’t seen everything. Lots of exhibits and detailed information.
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