History Museums in Washington DC

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History Museums in Washington DC

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  • Ambiente Urbano
    Bogota, Colombia3 contributions
    Great museum. Even from the outside!
    Explains much of the history of African and African American people since slavery began up to current influence in American culture.
    Very interesting and good for everyone to better understand the US culture and history.
    And to help reduce discrimination and try to avoid these atrocities.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Debra R
    Abbeville, GA484 contributions
    A very emotionally moving experience. So very sad to see the horrific torture of innocent people. A part of history everyone should see to remind us that Evil lives around us
    Written 11 August 2022
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  • Alex .
    Nashville, TN173 contributions
    I don't normally enjoy art museums, but this has an element of history that makes it a must-see for me.
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • Spencer
    15 contributions
    This was a great experience and well worth the money. I would have liked more time in the museum, we were told the talk would start so rushed through to be told it started in 15 mins. By that time I decided not to go back as my time had been disrupted. Talk from guide was good. Definitely would recommend. Again buying tickets from the uk was easy.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • Wendy S
    Austin, TX723 contributions
    I wasn't wild for the temporary exhibits, but I love their permanent collection! It's like visiting old friends; you might repeat previous conversations, but in a way that reminds you how much you love them!
    Written 23 July 2022
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  • HavekKidsWillTravel
    WI158 contributions
    Good visit, missing pop culture items during reno, expensive food.

    Food at “Eat at America’s Table” restaurant was good, but pricey for sure. $100+ for 4 people for lunch.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • Brettball J
    3 contributions
    Wow was I surprised I liked this place so much. My father was in law enforcement but I just never understood the depth of his commitment.
    Written 8 July 2022
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  • shabaron
    Rockville, MD70 contributions
    This is a piece of history that is often overlooked. You should make the effort to visit this out of the way gem while in DC. The tour is in depth and entertaining. I was annoyed that the private board that runs this place still has a mask MANDATE in place.
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • RoseBowlTraveler
    Cincinnati, OH385 contributions
    Cincinnati natives in town for a quick meeting - had a morning to explore and walked over to the Larz Anderson House Musuem and were welcomed and invited in for a free tour (have to take tour to visit entire house). The fabulous Gilded Age "Winter Home" mansion is amazing in itself and the tour guide conveys lots of fun and interesting information along the tour.

    The building is also the home of the Society of Cincinnati and right now there is a really interesting exhibit on America's First Veterans (from the American Revolution) which helps set the stage for the tour.

    I understand there is also an Anderson's car museum in Boston - which I look forward to checking out! Great way to spend an hour or two in DC!
    Written 12 March 2020
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  • Steven L
    Lancaster, PA66 contributions
    My fiancée and I found this museum almost on accident on our walk of the mall. I did not know what to expect when I first entered the museum. However, with the Smithsonian's neutral position on history and the mission of education the public, I was eager to see what was on display. The building is absolutely beautiful, unlike the neo-Roman architect that the city is designed around. The native gardens was a very calming wonderful surprise. The artifacts on display were based in the 20th century. The exhibit themselves had a massive amount of information. The information wasn't lengthy-you could spend 10 minutes per section. We started from the fourth floor and worked our way down. The fourth floor was amazing. They had tribes from all over the America's and explained everything about their culture. The main exhibit showed pre-recorded videos of the stories they used to tell about the stars and the sky. When you work your way down towards the bottom, it goes closer to the present-era.

    The café had a lot of native inspired foods that were very delicious. I had the Indian Taco, which was fry bread topped with taco toppings. The price was $14. On the higher end, however I was hoping it would've gone back into the museum.

    We planned on spending 2hrs here but it ended up being 4. Such a wonderful museum! I am telling the rest of my family and friends about the National Museum of the American Indian!
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA1,308 contributions
    The House of the Temple is the headquarters of a branch of the Freemasons. It is open for free public tours for very limited hours during the week. The hour-long tour is pretty thorough - not what you would expect from a "secret society." It takes you to the impressive "throne room"-style meeting rooms and into the libraries and small museum space, which have many old Mason artifacts. The regular guide was absent on the day I was there, and I think I would have learned more about the building and the Masons from that guide, but the substitute definitely covered the highlights and was well-informed.
    Written 31 December 2019
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  • MissSherlock
    Jacksonville, Illinois, United States35 contributions
    Absolutely fantastic. Free admission. The exhibits are exhaustive and very, very interesting. Very large building. Allow plenty of time to spend here if you are a history fanatic. Beautiful, well curated collection. Highly recommend.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • brad120
    Jacksonville, AR68 contributions
    This is a chance to see the inside of an historic 1920s mansion. It is incredibly well preserved. Everyone who works there is very enthusiastic. Our tour was for 30 minutes. It lasted almost 90 minutes because our guide just kept talking. But make sure you understand the tour hours. Business hours listed on Google are NOT times for tours.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • An0nyMs
    Tucson, Arizona1,246 contributions
    Looking at the museum from the street, you might think it's very small. But it actually goes three floors down and has much larger galleries.

    I've seen a number of museums' African art exhibitions, but this one is different! That's partly the depth and breadth of the collection here. But a majority of the work his modern and contemporary African art, which may be as new to you as it was to me. I only had two hours but could barely see a bit more than half of it.
    Written 18 September 2021
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  • Chris B
    Conroe, TX214 contributions
    This museum is self guided and had a lot of architecture basis. It takes about 60 to 90 minut s to walk through. The building itself is interesting to view as it has a very large great hall. I found the construction pictures of this building fascinating. A good stop primarily for architecture history and education.
    Written 23 January 2022
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