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National Museum of American History

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National Museum of American History, Washington DC DC

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The National Museum of American History is a free Smithsonian Museum in the center north side of the National Mall. You don't need tickets to enter. The museum has some interesting exhibits though it doesn't have much of a wow factor. The life-size scenes of transportation are the most impressive and cool. The food section with Julia Child's kitchen is boring since you can't walk in the kitchen. There is an upstairs section about voting with pins and campaign torches. Another nice area is the immigrant area where you can see items brought by immigrants to America from many different countries. 
There is a cafeteria with big windows, but the food is expensive and not very good. Instead go to The Hamilton (near the White House), a large restaurant which is a ten minute walk north on 14th St NW (at dinnertime there's a wait to be seated).
This museum was not very crowded but we came right at 10am when it opened. 
The museum is an eight minute walk south of the White House Visitor Center and South Lawn. On the west side of the museum is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is supposed to be excellent, going from slavery on the ground floor to musicians on the top floor (you need tickets in advance to go to this museum even though it's free). On the east side is the Smithsoniam Museum of Natural History, in an incredible building with an amazing gem section- come at 10am for this one as it gets crowded.

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Directions

The National Museum of American History is located at 1300 Constitution Ave NW, which means its between 12th St and 14th St (where 13th St would be, hence 1300). 
Entrance is free and you don't need to get tickets.
Open daily 10-5:30. 

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Last Updated: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 01:49:23 GMT