Friday, January 23, 2015

Photos on Friday: National Museum of American History

Today's Photos on Friday peeks in at some highlights of the National Museum of American History. This museum is pretty diverse with numerous interesting exhibits. Even after multiple visits, there are still some sections I want to explore a little more. I'm always finding something I hadn't seen before.

Additionally, during the last few years the museum has had ongoing renovations going on. For instance, the Pop Culture section has been under construction for some time and it looks like it will be renamed and expanded. I inquired about it earlier this year during a visit and it sounded like some pretty cool changes are coming soon. Once the west wing renovations are complete, it appears as if it will be a very different looking museum (this paragraph updated June 2017).

In the meantime, here are some examples of exhibits that are housed by the National Museum of American History. Another neat exhibit is the National Numismatic Collection.

18th Century Gunboat Philadelphia was pulled out of New York's Lake Champlain in the 1930s. This boat, commanded by Benedict Arnold, was sunk in 1776. Today visitors can see it (and related artifacts) at the National Museum of American History.

Classic instruments

Oscar the Grouch is always a favorite with the kids!

Displayed in the exhibit "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" are a number of items, including games and other household items featuring a presidential theme.

Original "Dumbo" seat from Walt Disney World's Fantasy Land ride

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