Museum of American History

The Museum of American History opened in 1964 as the sixth Smithsonian building on the Mall. This museum focuses on the history of transportation, agriculture, communication, medicine, science and technology in the United States.

Interesting Facts:

  • When Francis Scott Key saw the American Flag flying over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, it inspired him to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” The song became popular during the Civil War, and in 1931, by act of Congress, it was officially designated the national anthem of the United States. The flag that inspired the song was donated to the Smithsonian in 1912.

Don’t Miss:

  • The Star Spangled Banner in its state-of-the-art gallery at the heart of the museum
  • Eli Whitney’s cotton gin (original)
  • Thomas Edison’s light bulb (original)
  • A 1913 Model-T Ford
  • Hands-On-History Room
  • First Ladies
  • The American Presidency


Museum of American History website

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
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