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National Museum of American History

Museums in Minutes: See All of D.C.'s Greatest Artifacts in One Day | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel

Framed by the Washington Monument on one side and the U.S. Capitol on the other, the National Mall in Washington DC is a breathtaking, must-do attraction -- even if you can't stand politics.


AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Night at the Museum" will be a reality for students at the Smithsonian this summer. The Smithsonian Associates w...

The Last One of a Kind

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Sarah O'Leary

Recently I discovered that the 8-foot tall turn of the century wooden playground slide in the middle of my living room might be the last one like it o...

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Erin Ruberry

PHOTOS: TV Star's Washington Moment | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It was one of the most iconic moments in the history of daytime TV: With a shout of "The streak is over!" Susan Lucci, after 19 nominati...

Cara Santa Maria

How Can We Prevent Another Dust Bowl? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green

This is in fact a classic story of human nature coming up against Mother Nature. And guess what, Mother Nature always wins. – Ken Burns On Octobe...

New Exhibit Travels From The Pilgrims To Election '08

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" have a new home with a diverse set of artifacts in a new timeline of American history th...

Humphrey Bogart's Son Says His Father Wasn't Full Of Himself

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home

WASHINGTON — That famous movie line, "Here's looking at you, kid," will have time to echo in the halls of the Smithsonian this weekend as the so...

Smithsonian Honors Eastwood, Opens Theater On Mall

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.02.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Clint Eastwood helped open a new movie theater on the National Mall Wednesday evening and the Smithsonian Institution honored the a...

New Smithsonian Exhibit Explores Jefferson's Slave Ownership

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.26.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — Thomas Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal" to declare U.S. independence from Britain, yet he was also a lifelong slave owne...

Smithsonian To See $52 Million Increase From Congress

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.19.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian Institution is receiving a $52 million increase in funding from Congress for 2012, with the increase primarily devo...

First Ladies' Gowns Return To View At Smithsonian

AP | By BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Dresses, china and mementos dating back to days when Americans referred to the first lady as "lady presidentress" or "republican queen" ...

September 11 Exhibit

Kim Roberts | Posted 11.20.2011 | DC
Kim Roberts

For just one short week, the National Museum of American History hosted a powerful temporary exhibit, "September 11: Remembrance and Reflection."

TSA Donates Equipment To Smithsonian For 9/11 Remembrance

Posted 11.02.2011 | Travel

The TSA has donated airport safety screening devices, including a metal detector and a training dummy to the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum o...

Museum Restores Jefferson's Unique Bible

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) A Smithsonian museum is restoring the "Jefferson Bible," a unique volume the third president cut and p...