The National Museum of American History is the place to explore everything American. Artifacts of every sort, over 3 million objects, show the American experience ranging from historical events to pop culture. Explore displays that feature American wars and politics and see significant pieces of history that impacted not only generations of Americans but the entire world. An example is the original Star Spangled Banner Flag, which served as inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem. Other displays include the Greensboro lunch counter from the 1960 civil rights sit-in.
Lighter parts of American history are included as well. Visitors can see Dorothy’s ruby slippers or inaugural ball gowns worn by past First Ladies. All the diverse areas of American life and ideals are covered in exhibits that explore America’s history and contributions to science, innovation, transport, technology, entertainment, sports and music.
The Museum of American History opened in 1964.
A 85 million dollar restoration project was completed in 2008.
Exhibits show visitors an interesting perspective on Abraham Lincoln’s life.
One popular exhibit is named “America On the Move, ” a history of American transportation and its vital role in the growth of the American nation.
The Museum is also showcasing “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden,” an exhibit about the trials and tribulations of being the leader of the free world.