National Museum of American History

History Museum
1400 Constitution Ave NW (at 14th St NW)
Washington, DC 20560
Monday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Saturday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday
10:00am - 5:30pm

Tips

  • When on a guided tour of a history museum, at every civilization, ask whether the men of that era ever had an overpowering urge to dress as a woman and be caressed by a big, strong man.
  • Recently renovated and FREE (like all Smithsonian museums), our favorite stops are the World War II exhibit and Julia Child's kitchen and...
  • The museum first opened in 1964, and among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Be sure to check out the Star-Spangled Banner - the flag that inspired the National Anthem...
  • Take a walk on a strip of Route 66!
  • The Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit is a must! We spent hours in there. Part of the World Trade Center tower remains are in there. Every American war is covered thoroughly.
  • Get the feeling of being in a time capsule!
  • This museum is very hands on...so I would recommend bringing hand sanitizer. This way you can interact with the exhibits without getting sick.
  • Skip the simulators in the basement. Not worth the price and much better stuff to see I'm the exhibits.
  • Now on display as of September 2013, a statue of Columbia.
  • Did you know the museum has a Victory Garden? A great place to enjoy our #foodinthegarden summer series on Thursday evenings, featuring talks, tastes, and tours. http://americanhistory.si.edu
  • The Museum is open 10:00AM to 5:30PM every day except December 25. Summer hours (open until 7:30 PM) end on September 2.
  • Apollo exhibit and watch each video for each decade.
  • check out the poster i made for APIAVote in 2004! it's in the "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" exhibition.
  • They have the Golden Spike from the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad! Try to find it!
  • Recognized as Americas Attic, contains >3MM artifacts defining American culture. Includes George Washingtons food chest from Revolutionary War & Farah Fawcett's swimsuit! Full site history via<LINK>
  • Dorothy's ruby slippers return to exhibition on November 21. In the meantime, enjoy objects related to Celia Cruz, "the Queen of Salsa," near the Mall entrance.
  • Don't miss the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit, and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers!
  • Go see Dorothy's shoes & Archie Bunker's chair. If you get to participate in the sit ins, do so on the 3rd floor. Really fun!
  • 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

Nearby places

2 15th St NW (btwn Constitution Ave NW & Independence Ave SW)
655 Jefferson Drive SW