The National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts which range from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” These, along with the entire collection, create a rich tapestry of American culture, its people, and its history. The museum recently underwent renovations and reopened its doors in 2008.
The museum houses a collection of antique cars, a couple of steam locomotives that will thrill train lovers, the largest coin collection in the U.S., Evel Knievel's Harley-Davidson XR-750, Kermit the Frog Puppet, and so much more. The exhibits explore themes in American history and culture from the War of Indepence to the present day.
New Addition: Ride Simulators
Visitors can enjoy a short, wild adventure on the new ride simulators. They will take you on a variety of journeys like driving a racecar or riding a roller coaster. Kids will love this.
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Ave
From June 12 - August 16: 10:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
From August 17 - September 7: 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Note: Early closings at 5:30 p.m. on the following days in 2009 due to special events:
July: 4, 15, 16, 20, 29
Where to Eat
The Stars and Stripes Cafe located on the lower level is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and visitors can grab pizza, a burger, all-American barbeques and desserts. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Additionally there is the Constitution Cafe which is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located on the first floor. Its large picture window has a terrific view of the Museum’s fountain and the street.
Official website:National Museum of American History