National Museum of American History

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by RBT331 on January 9, 2007

NOTE: This museum is closed for massive renovations until the summer of 2008. However, some artifacts are on display in the interim at the National Museum of Air and Space.

Savings alert: This stop is also FREE.

The National Museum of American History is another of the Smithsonian's institutions, like the National Zoo. However, like its museum counterparts, the NAMH is located on the National Mall, right in the heart of Washington.

This museum is full of history and culture, all under one roof. They have such artifacts as Larry Bird's jersey, one of the first Kermit the Frog's, Judy Garland's red ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz", and the flag that draped over the exterior of the Pentagon immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

One hightlight for my girlfriend was the exhibit of the inaugural gowns of first ladies of the U.S. It allows one to see the elegance and intricacies of a ball gown, and at the same time, become an ounce closer to experience an small bit of presidential glamor.

Conveniently located along the beautiful National Mall, it is also a short walk to the Washington Monument and a slightly longer walk to the U.S. Capitol building. It is also close to many of the other Smithsonian Institute museums.

This museum has a little bit of everything for everyone. Kids will get a kick out of Oscar the Grouch and Kermit, while adults will be intrigued by some of the more historical pieces in the collection.

Best of all, this place is FREE. Yes, another free stop in the D.C. area.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

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