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  • The Smithsonian Museum of American History opened in January 1964 and collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history.
  • In 2016 approximately 396,000 people visited the museum.
  • Something we think  everyone should see is the Star Spangled Banner exhibit, don't make the mistake of seeing the artistic rendering of the flag hanging in the entrance and think you have seen it, be sure to go into the exhibit and see the original flag and exhibits that recreate the events that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what became the national anthem.
  • In the summer of 1813, Mary Pickersgill (1776–1857) was contracted to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. The one that became the Star-Spangled Banner was a 30 x 42–foot garrison flag.
  • Take a journey through time and discover both well-known and less-familiar stories about the American experience in the American Stories exhibition.

  • Among the museum's most treasured objects in the Lincoln collection, and certainly its most iconic, is his silk hat. At six feet four inches tall, Lincoln towered over most of his contemporaries. He chose to stand out even more by regularly wearing high top hats.
  • George Washington's briefcase on display in the Presidential section at American History Museum.
  • Ulysses S. Grant purchased this carriage from Meeks Carriage and Wagon Repository during his first term in the White House and rode in it to his second inauguration in 1873. Really impressive to see in person.
  • The Jupiter (officially known as Central Pacific Railroad #60) was a 4-4-0 steam locomotive which made history as one of the two locomotives to meet at Promontory Summit during the Golden Spike ceremony commemorating the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Jupiter was built in September 1868 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works of New York.

  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • America on the move explores the role of transportation in American history. In the 19th century, as the United States spread across the continent, transportation systems helped connect the growing nation.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of American History: collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker’s chair. The museum is located on the National Mall at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Each wing of the museum’s three exhibition floors is anchored by a landmark object to highlight the theme of that wing. These include the John Bull locomotive, the Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter, and a one of a kind draft wheel.

Artifact walls, 275 feet of glass-fronted cases, line the first and second floor center core. The artifact walls are organized around themes including: arts; popular culture; business, work and economy; home and family; community; land and natural resources; peopling America; politics and reform; science; medicine; technology; and the United States’ role in the world.