the building itself is just as interesting as the art inside. My hard to please 14 year old daughter was even impressed
We looked at every exhibit in the museum and returned again to make sure we didn't miss anything. Everything is fantastic. The war exhibit was fascinating. The flag that inspired the star spangled banner gave me goosebumps. The civil rights exhibit was by far the most worthwhile stop in the museum. The cafeteria in the basement was surprisingly good with... More
A lot to see and too little time. The special 1863 / 1963 exhibit was very interesting as were the permanent collections. The best artifacts are those that you once knew about but had forgotten about or the one's where you hear someone say "Oh, we had those TV trays."
The museum is full of great American treasures, but the Civil Rights Exhibit was far and away one of the best exhibits within the museum. It brings to life the cause of human rights, and the things that our country holds dear to its freedoms. My children are so much more enlightened by the hands-on experience of the museum than... More
Don't miss this one. There is something for everyone in this museum. Excellent exhibits that are well put together and interesting. Put on your walking shoes ... it is HUGE! I also would plan more than a couple of hours. At least 4 hours. Maybe longer, if you want to see all of it. Even though it was the week... More
I don't understand why they are open by 11:30 it's late. Collections are good, museum is strange but beautiful. I think they need more "Commercial" big shots and more info about authors. The museum store is very good and the Kogod courtyard is amazing. Sculptures are beautiful. Lincoln gallery is so cold and obscure.
All the Smithsonian's are worth touring, but we really love this museum. There are so many notable painters to see. It provides a valuable backdrop to the American experience. I love the atmosphere and pace of a slow meandering through the rooms. It's a great change from the often frenetic rushing of being a tourist in such a great city.
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