The National American History Museum is devoted to our country’s history and preservation of more than three million artifacts, ranging from automobiles to items from the Titanic.
The museum is part of the Smithsonian group and was originally opened in 1964 as the National Museum of History and Technology, renamed to its present name in October 1980. The name change was instituted to more accurately convey the artifacts and exhibits that span quite a few interests. Not only will you find a 30 ft. by 34 ft. wool flag, or gowns worn by the First Ladies, a tour through 200 years of presidential influence and history, but you’ll also find Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Muhammed Ali’s boxing gloves, and at one time a portrait of Stephen Colbert.
There are also kid-friendly exhibits like Meet Addy Walker, An American Girl or the Spark!Lab with “Invention at Play,” among others. Children of all ages enjoy this museum and it’s a popular attraction for many visitors.
There are also public programs including lectures, demonstrations, tours, and theater productions. View the events calendar for program information and location.
The museum is on the National Mall, at 14th St. and Constitution Ave. Like visiting many of our other museums, public transportation or the use of taxis are highly recommended as parking can be difficult and is strictly enforced.
1400 Constitution Ave, NW Washington DC
Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day (Closed December 25)
Admission is free