14th St & Constitution Ave N.W., Washington, DC | Directions 2000238.892015 -76.985507
Neighborhoods: Northeast Washington, Northeast
Favorite for everyone of all ages – This museum has something for everyone. It is loaded with fun historical exhibits as well as fun pop-culture showcases. It's a must-see when you have friends in town but don't want to do the entire museum circuit. Unlike some of the other museums, this one isn't geared primarily to children. Yes, kids of all ages will definitely enjoy it, but it's not watered down information with flip boxes and interactive video games at every corner. It's worth a visit for the First Lady dresses exhibit at least!
The "nation's attic" reveals an eclectic slice of American life. – Facts & Features
The museum's ambitious mission is to chronicle American history, science, industry and culture through artifacts. To this end, an enormous collection of more than three million objects has been amassed over the years. With nearly anything imaginable--Conestoga wagons, Archie and Edith Bunker's chairs from the television sitcom "All in the Family," Dorothy's ruby slippers from the "Wizard of
Oz,"--the museum feels a bit like a gigantic flea market with explanatory labels. Popular permanent exhibitions include "First Ladies Political Role and Public Image," with its famous collection of first ladies' gowns, and "Personal Legacy: The Healing of a Nation," which catalogs items left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In a museum
devoted to artifacts, it comes as no surprise that the National Museum of American History has the best gift shop on the Mall, packed with interesting souvenirs.
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