2 Hours Inside the National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History explores the history of the United States by looking at everything from the country’s hard won independence to more light hearted pop culture.

Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW
Open daily: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Admission is free.

Stop One

Selfie with the Lego Statue of Liberty

First Floor, Center Take a selfie with the nine-foot-tall LEGO Statue of Liberty displayed on a platform alongside images of objects that represent new exhibitions opening June 28. The statue is made of sand green LEGO bricks and weighs 125 pounds without its steel support. Remember to use @amhistorymuseum when you tag Instagram!


Stop Two

Explore the Explorer!

American Stories, Second Floor, East Wing See two Hollywood objects that are a part of American film history. The whip and fedora belonging to fictional archeologist Indiana Jones as played by actor Harrison Ford in the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” film franchise. The props, worn by actor Harrison Ford, are on display in the “American Stories” exhibition.


Stop Three

See the Star-Spangled Banner

Star-Spangled Banner Gallery
Second Floor, Center
Contemplate the Star-Spangled Banner in a gallery designed to evoke the dawn’s early light. This is the same flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that eventually became the U.S. national anthem. On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812.


Stop Four

Travel through time with the First Ladies exhibition

The First Ladies, Third Floor, Center One of the museum’s most popular exhibitions features more than two dozen gowns from the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection, including those worn by Martha Washington, Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. A section titled “Changing Times, Changing First Ladies” highlights the roles played by Dolley Madison, Mary Lincoln, Edith Roosevelt, and Lady Bird Johnson and their contributions to their husband’s administrations. The First Ladies encourages visitors to consider the changing role played by the first lady and American women over the past 200 years.


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