National Museum of American History
Kenneth E. Behring Center
Devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political
development of the United States.
Highlights Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the
national anthem; Washington’s uniform; Jefferson’s lap desk; Dorothy’s ruby
slippers; family programs
Experience the American Stories exhibition using the free Apple or Android mobile app Access American Stories
. The app is a bilingual (Spanish/English) “crowdsourced” audio experience and companion to the American Stories exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Designed to increase accessibility for visitors with low vision, the app offers everyone new ways of seeing 100 of America’s most evocative historical objects through the eyes of both visitors and museum staff. Details »
1400 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC
Smithsonian (Mall exit) or Federal Triangle
There are 4 sets of elevators that access the public floors of the museum. 2 sets in the West Wing and 2 sets in the East Wing.
Public Programs and Tours
To request an interpreted or tactile tour please contact the museum at 202-633-3717 (voice) or e-mail.
Admission is FREE
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. dailyClosed December 25
There is no public parking facility at the Smithsonian on the National Mall;
on-street parking is limited and posted times are enforced.
Parking map (PDF) »
Both the Constitution Ave., and the Madison Ave., (Mall entrance)
All bathrooms are accessible. Family/Companion Care bathrooms are located on each floor.