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National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History

History Museum
Northwest Washington, Washington
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and AFAR Media recommend this place
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  • Reggie G.
    "Great to see all of the history of this country displayed so well."(19 Tips)
    Cody B.
    "The "Star Spangled Banner" exhibit is worth the trip to DC alone."(9 Tips)
    Andrea C.
    "gowns and the pop culture exhibits before the crowds."(9 Tips)
    "You have to check out the First Ladies exhibit, beautiful!"(7 Tips)
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  • Amy C.
    Amy Cummings3 weeks ago
    Lots of cool interactive features.
  • Rick R.
    Rick RoudebushSeptember 12
    Just to p-off the #TrumpVoters
  • Slightly P.
    I can't say enough about this museum. I feel like we could have spent a day at each exhibit. Definitely check out the exhibit on human evolution. It taught my daughter a lot.
  • David L.
    The flag is worth the price of admission, which is free 😜
  • John C.
    John CJune 24
    Amazing sculpture collection, especially Rodin's work
  • Ann O.
    Very interesting exposition) hope to see Hip Hop Family Tree on summer 2018😜
  • Calla S.
    A lot of ground to cover in this museum. Julia Child's kitchen is here!
  • Lisa B.
    We enjoyed the exhibits. Very nostalgic. Security lines were very long. We returned 2 days later when they weren't as crowded. They were extremely long the first day we went there.
  • Erik G.
    Erik GrayApril 14
    See the Star-Spangled Banner!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MoyerMarch 29
    So cool and it's free. Love this place.
  • Michael G.
    This place is awesome for people of all ages! From our 18 month old, our 4 year old, and my wife and I we all had a blast. Don't forget to visit the Wegman's kids area on the 1st floor.... a must!
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMarch 4
    You really need to take two trips to take it all in. It really covers the whole gamut of American history.
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FerrellFebruary 19
    Not open long enough for tourists. Basically full museum at 5:20 PM when they were about to close at 5:30. There's so much to do and see in Washington, not enough time to do it in a weekend.
  • Kiley K.
    Kiley KDecember 9, 2016
    Nothing this place had horrible prices and bad food I waited 40 minutes for food. Bad customer service ok museum
  • Christina
    ChristinaNovember 3, 2016
    Love the exhibit on the First Ladies!
  • M. Nannette S.
    M. Nannette StOctober 14, 2016
    Must see exhibit!
  •  Aneury 
     Aneury October 14, 2016
    The Egyptians mommies.
  • Rachel A.
    Rachel AlexanderOctober 8, 2016
    So many interesting exhibits to see! Make sure you have at least two or three hours to see everything. Some pop culture exhibits were nostalgic while war exhibits were heartbreaking.
  • Mac
    MacSeptember 12, 2016
    Try the History !!!!!!
  • Guido G.
    Guido GybelsSeptember 2, 2016
    Somewhat eclectic range of topics on US culture,history.Transport exhibit very well done. Cafetaria has more than fast food, incl. nice salads, but go during meal times otherwise many counters closed.
  • Zein S.
    Zein SamerAugust 31, 2016
    Make sure to check out the gems section there.. Wow!
  • Alma L.
    Alma LealAugust 13, 2016
    It's good to know that at least during the summer, this museum closes at 7 pm. This way, you can leave it as your last stop and leverage time to see some other museums.
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellJuly 8, 2016
    Don't miss the actual Star Spangled Banner. If you only have five minutes, go see it.
  • Kaavish K.
    Kaavish KidwaiJuly 4, 2016
    Some good interactive stuff
  • Jacob L.
    Jacob LawsonJune 29, 2016
    It was a huge place wished we could have went in the entire place, hopefully we can go back soon.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJune 26, 2016
    They have Prince's guitar (yellow cloud), Ric Flair's boots, and the puffy shirt from Seinfeld. That's enough to make this the best museum ever.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TurzaiJune 25, 2016
    You will need a whole day to really see everything! A must-see!!
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PerezJune 20, 2016
    See first lady's exhibition interesting to see there was a 21 year old first lady. Always thought Jackie Kennedy was at 31 yrs old.
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PerezJune 20, 2016
    Places of invention and Food displays. Interesting to see the food processing changes over the decades and Edison /Tesla inventions. Seeing an actual EV1 was interesting. Assumed all destroyed by GM.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MunnsJune 17, 2016
    Some really great exhibits and a nice flow from one to the next. Expect crowds, especially of younger kids with little supervision.
  • Marcel V.
    Marcel VisserJune 12, 2016
    Everything to see from housing to transportation to the history of marketing.. A fun and educational experience.
  • Carleana D.
    Carleana DelacruzJune 1, 2016
    First Ladies dresses and Lincoln's top hat were a big hit with the kiddos!
  • Dasha
    DashaMay 30, 2016
    Cool!!! The best!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaApril 25, 2016
    Pop culture galore 👍🏼
  • George Z.
    George ZinkgrafApril 4, 2016
    Anything and everything inside of the museum. Not sure if the wasn't originally called science and technology. Has trains and model boats and presidential gowns
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 30, 2016
    A good museum, some of the exhibits are quite old and a lot are closed / opening soon. My favourite was the presidents exhibit upstairs, and any proud American should see the star spangled banner.
  • Black Family Reunions
    Black Family ReunionsMarch 27, 2016
    Photo of a moving, lifelike scene from the Vietnam War. A must see as you make your way through this museum.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KMarch 24, 2016
    The best Smithsonian! Tons of great exhibits including Americana (Dorothy's ruby slippers, cotton gin, first telephone and lightbulb).
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CarnesMarch 19, 2016
    Love this place. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. There is SO MUCH to see!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickMarch 4, 2016
    A really fun museum. Loved the America at War exhibit
  • Reggie G.
    Reggie GulleyFebruary 26, 2016
    Excellent museum. Great to see all of the history of this country displayed so well.
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GuzmanJanuary 18, 2016
    Most visited museum in the nation
  • Sam O.
    Sam Od1eJanuary 16, 2016
    Bonus points if you can find the Colt 45 on display (the drink)
  • Nichole B.
    Nichole BrezinaJanuary 11, 2016
    Loved it!! Just wished they were open later considering they all close at either 5 or 5:30pm. Would be nice for them to be open later.
  • Meagan H.
    Meagan HealyDecember 29, 2015
    Kermit the Frog Muppet on display here.
  • Meagan H.
    Meagan HealyDecember 28, 2015
    Stop #5 on the 'Jim Henson In MD' Mini-Tour (DC). As of December 2015, the Muppet 'Kermit The Frog' is on display.
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    We found the Kermit puppet but despite signs on the wall saying that there was a full Muppets exhibit, we couldn't find it anywhere.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGDecember 23, 2015
    This museum has awesome rotating exhibits, including a civil rights exhibit a couple of years ago with the Selma lunch counter.
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesDecember 22, 2015
    Pretty interesting museum in that it has a bevy of exhibits. You should easily be able to find something of interest in U.S. history for everyone in your group.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HorstDecember 9, 2015
    If your near by you must stop in. It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and it's free to get in!
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoDecember 8, 2015
    Beautiful architecture and plenty to see here! Free!
  • Liz Z.
    Liz ZahnDecember 6, 2015
    First Lady exhibit is awesome. View First Lady inaugural dresses
  • Anna F.
    Anna FaderNovember 28, 2015
    More of an archive of famous items than a real history of America. Wish it were more substantive.
  • Jorge M.
    Jorge MaquitaNovember 24, 2015
    I loved it, nicely set up with great exhibitions!
  • miniq
    miniqNovember 18, 2015
    The most beautiful and interesting museum I've ever seen...
  • David P.
    David PeacockNovember 2, 2015
  • Joe C.
    Joe CooperNovember 1, 2015
    So much to see! 🇺🇸
  • c c.
    c contrerasOctober 25, 2015
    All the American history of business and entrepreneurship
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderOctober 23, 2015
    Constitution Ave entrance is where the lockers are as well as a cafe w/ice cream & sandwiches that's less of a thrash than the main one. Still no accessible outlets for recharging electronics. 😒📲
  • Dmtr
    DmtrOctober 20, 2015
    Extremely interesting exhibition on The American Automobile industry (1st floor) & American Presidency (3rd floor). This museum and the Space one are my favorite in DC
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireOctober 8, 2015
    Came here just to see Julia Child's kitchen.
  • Smokey @.
    Smokey @dcnavyOctober 1, 2015
    Go on a rainy day, able to see more with less interruption
  • Marialexandra
    MarialexandraSeptember 3, 2015
    You have to check out the First Ladies exhibit, beautiful!
  • Rebecca W.
    Rebecca WAugust 13, 2015
    Awesome museum. Can't wait for the renovations to be done
  • Stephane M.
    Stephane Messie ☠August 13, 2015
    So many things I didn't know about American history... Really well done
  • Cody B.
    Cody BromleyAugust 10, 2015
    The "Star Spangled Banner" exhibit is worth the trip to DC alone. Incredible artifact on display.
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateAugust 9, 2015
    Don't miss the First Lady Inaugural Ball gowns exhibit!✨
  • Ernest T.
    Ernest TurnerAugust 2, 2015
    Everything your amazed from the time you walk in to the time you leave out
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeJuly 28, 2015
    Information warehouse for the curious mind. Highly recommend as a family outing place. Kids love it.
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SchneiderJuly 28, 2015
    It's an all day tour. I love the war exhibit and the presidential wing
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel WatkinsJuly 24, 2015
    Skip the Stars and Stripes Cafeteria. The food is WAY overpriced and tastes like disappointment. Slice of pizza was $7 and was bad.
  • James Z.
    James ZimenoffJuly 24, 2015
    Easy to get lost in, give yourself plenty of time to explore!
  • Lydia S.
    Awesome museum!
  • Bruce T.
    Bruce TyndallJuly 6, 2015
    Everything is awesome here! Plan for extra time to spend looking at everything!
  • T R
    T RJune 24, 2015
    Vietnam War Section & A-Bomb are my favorites
  • Mike D.
    Mike DavisJune 23, 2015
    Ruby Slippers are a must. I miss Fonzie's jacket.
  • jon J.
    jon JeffersJune 22, 2015
    Yup I'm here
  • Laura G.
    Laura Grow-NybergJune 9, 2015
    About half of the museum is closed, getting ready for exhibits that open next year. It was much better in the past and will probably be much better in the future, but right now it's just okay.
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinJune 9, 2015
    The armed services exhibit on top floor was surprisingly good.
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 2, 2015
    Boring and under construction.
  • Audra L.
    Audra LuttrellMay 14, 2015
    The food is extremely expensive and not worth it.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    They could do so much more. Don't miss it though. Check out the Ruby Slippers and Abe Lincoln's hat.
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosMay 11, 2015
    neither exciting nor informative, really gimmicky too
  • A S.
    A SApril 16, 2015
    Julia child's kitchen!
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 14, 2015
    One of the best museums in DC! The original star spangled banner is not to be missed!
  • John C.
    John CockerillApril 13, 2015
    The exhibit on technology is especially cool
  • Samuel D.
    Samuel DonisApril 4, 2015
    Transportation room
  • Samuel D.
    Samuel DonisApril 4, 2015
    American history museum
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BernerMarch 31, 2015
    Very interesting!
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GómezMarch 22, 2015
    As good as a museum can be
  • Eric T.
    Eric TorrezMarch 16, 2015
    Could be here all day
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SpearsMarch 14, 2015
    It was okay, not what I expected
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 7, 2015
    Great museum with cool "artifacts" about American history. A must visit.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanFebruary 27, 2015
    Can be kitschy, but is generally interesting.
  • Natural S.
    Natural SoapFebruary 10, 2015
    Like this Treasures of American Culture
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 20, 2015
    One of my favorites is Julia Child's kitchen
  • Chanloeu E.
    Chanloeu EkJanuary 4, 2015
    Lots of exhibits.
  • Tone
    ToneDecember 31, 2014
    Great that it's free and the War exhibition is really interesting.
  • Gilles B.
    Gilles BoeykensDecember 13, 2014
    Worth a visit when you're in DC!
  • D G.
    D GnomeDecember 6, 2014
    Awesome stuff. It's funny how stuff you grew up with is now in a museum.
  • Anastacia O.
  • Anastacia O.
    Um local para se passar horas e horas. Tem muita coisa interessante para se conhecer. Super ewvowmdoz
  • Артём Ж.
    Артём ЖуковNovember 28, 2016
    Обязательно сходить.
  • Jérémie H.
    Jérémie HUCHETSeptember 10, 2016
    Ce musée est très grand et intéressant. Malheureusement il manque un parcours visiteur clair pour qu'il soit complet. Sans cela, cela reste un peu trop bordélique pour le faire sans s'y perdre.
  • Jérémie H.
    Jérémie HUCHETAugust 29, 2016
    Le musée est très intéressant et tres bordélique en même temps. En fait les informations données sont très bien mais comme il n'y a pas de chemin de visite clairement affiché tout se retrouve mélangé.
  • Baran E.
    Baran ErişAugust 1, 2016
    Elektriğin keşfinden ekonomik dönüşüme, taşımacılıktan göç dalgasına bir çok konuda nereden nereye gelindiğini burada görebilirsiniz. Tamamını gezeyim derseniz 1 gününüz rahat gidebilir ama değer.
  • Catuama S.
    Catuama SilvaMarch 30, 2016
    Coisas de hostoria
  • Jay C' 🏉 H.
    Jay C' 🏉 HuertaMarch 27, 2016
    Amazing! 😍
  • Alberto C.
    Alberto CorradoOctober 15, 2015
  • Iván
    IvánSeptember 23, 2015
    ¡No comas en la cafetería!
  • John S.
    John SmithJuly 28, 2015
    PS: На симуляторы на LL этаже не ходите-лажа полная
  • John S.
    John SmithJuly 28, 2015
    ...и называли их сепаратистами тогда...а теперь:свободная нация :)
  • Alina H.
    Alina HBJuly 14, 2015
    Definitivamente un museo que debe visitarse, te lleva todo un día, muy accesible la tienda.
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