TR at the National Museum of American History


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by vampirefan on January 13, 2005

One of the most popular museums in the Smithsonian collection is the National Museum of American History. Opened in 1964, it was originally the Museum of History and Technology. Make sure to drop by the visitors desk for a guidebook. Then take a few minutes to plan. Like the Natural History museum, there is just too much to see here in one visit unless you have most of the day. You can visit their website to see what is going on while you're in DC. Check out www.smithsonian.org or www.americanhistory.si.edu for more information.

You can see everything here from wristwatches, cars, and the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz to the flag that inspired the Star-Spangled Banner. You can see a replica of the late Julia Child's kitchen. One favorite is the TV exhibit that features items from some favorite TV shows; here you can see Oscar the Grouch, Howdy Doody, Fonzie’s jacket, and Archie Bunker's chair, to name a few. There is a statue of George Washington draped in cloth that was so controversial at the time it was cast (1840) that, when it was originally displayed in Philly, it was shown to men and women on opposite days! Of course, today, hordes of schoolchildren go by it without batting an eye.

One of my favorite exhibits was the First Ladies exhibit. Here you see the inaugural gowns of the first ladies and find out about each of these ladies. There is also a Presidents exhibit. One of the most poignant displays is the flag that was draped over the Pentagon when it was bombed on 9-11. You can’t help be but a bit teary-eyed here. There are several museum stores to bring home some history, and a food court if you need energy to get though the entire building.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

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