National Museum of American History

American History Museum
1300 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed Dec. 25

Admission is free


Devoted to the scientific, cultural, social, technological, and political development of the United States, the museum traces the American experience from colonial times to the present. The American History Museum’s collection contains more than three million historical objects—including the famed Star-Spangled Banner—and documents that explore the evolution of the American identity.


Star-Spangled Banner; Washington’s uniform; Jefferson’s lap desk; Dorothy’s ruby slippers; American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

  • Eat at America's Table
    (Ground Level)
    Eat at America’s Table is the main eatery at the museum. The menu includes traditional culinary dishes from our nation’s kitchens, cheese and charcuterie, and classic American sandwiches, great American barbecue and grill favorites (burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches etc…) as well as cooking inspired by Tex-Mex and Native-American traditions. The café also offers classic salads made fresh with seasonal inspiration.
    Guests will find freshly brewed coffee as well as wine, beer, and other bottled beverages. All desserts are made in house.
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Jazz Café 
    (1st Floor)
    Enjoy a specialty coffee, cold drink, light lunch, or delicious pastry.
    11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We encourage the use of public transportation.

Metro Station: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian (Mall exit)

There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. Limited 3-hour metered parking and commercial lots are available. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.

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