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September 26, 2018

Smithsonian's The National Museum of American History


There are so many great, free museums you can visit while in Washington, D.C., and although our time was limited in the area, we tried to visit as many museums as we could.

One of them was Smithsonian's The National Museum of American History.

In this museum, objects representing the nation in areas of science, technology, sociology, and culture are on display.

Such objects include presidential belongings, historical artifacts, and pop culture memorabilia.

A suitcase of one of the  many Japanese incarcerated due to Executive Order 9066.

President Lincoln's Silk Hat

Bat Mobile
There were several interactive exhibits throughout the museum which helped to keep my engaged, because for the most part, a lot of the historical exhibits didn't interest them (i.e. the First Ladies exhibit, which had many beautiful gowns on display).

They loved pretending to give a speech as the President of the United States of America, creating their own icons, and driving a virtual tractor.







My personal favorite exhibits included FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000, which focused on how technology and culture affected food production and consumption; Places of Invention, where exhibits depicted the evolution of new ideas; and American Stories, which is full of all sorts of interesting artifacts integral to the nation's history.  

We only had a couple of hours to spend at The National Museum of American History, so I didn't get to browse as much as I wished I could, but it was definitely an educational and informative place to visit while in DC.

The National Museum of American History
1300 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560

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