National Museum of American History

It has been a long, long, long time since I have been back to the National Museum of American History. I mean long. Maybe I was 6 or 7…So visiting the museum has been on my “things to do in D.C. list” for forever, particularly since the museum had a major renovation a couple of years ago.

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As you enter the museum from the National Mall side you are greeted with the Star Spangled Banner.

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The flag that inspired the National Anthem, written by Frances Scott Key.

After walking through the “Star-Spangled Banner” exhibit I went to the “American Stories” exhibit and found lots of fun things to look at. Some of them included:

Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers!

Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers.

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Plymouth Rock.

Plymouth Rock.

Kermit the Frog.

Kermit the Frog.

Apolo Ohno's speed ice skates he wore at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City,  where he won a gold medal.

Apolo Ohno’s speed ice skates he wore at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, where he won gold.

There was a wall in this exhibit that allowed visitors to suggest pieces and things they thought should be included in "American Stories". Some of the comments were silly, others were quite good.

There was a wall in this exhibit that allowed visitors to suggest pieces and things they thought should be included in “American Stories”. Some of the comments were silly, others were quite good.

In the “American Presidency” exhibit I strolled through the First Ladies Gallery.

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I saw Michelle Obama’s 2009 Inaugural ball gown up close and personal!

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Further in the “American Presidency” exhibit, I saw a pair of Chelsea Clinton’s pointe shoes her parents had loaned the museum.

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I walked through the “Price of Freedom” exhibit, which showcased in chronological order all the wars the U.S. has been involved in beginning with the War of Independence and today with “Wars of Expansion” (which included World War 1 & 2 and Afghanistan).

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I found the newly installed “Food, Transforming the American Table” exhibit really interesting. This exhibit explores changes (who is cooking the food at home, where meals are consumed, and what we know and think about what food is good for us) and other factors( new technologies, influential people, and broad shifts in social and cultural life) behind them.

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Onlookers were able to view Julia Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts kitchen and learned how she greatly influenced the food movement.

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In was a lovely 2 hours spent being a “tourist” in my own city. I would definitely come back as I was only able to see a few of the exhibits the museum had to offer. I wasn’t able to walk through the African American History and Culture Gallery or the America on the Move Gallery.

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