WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. Kermit the Frog. A dinosaur egg. (From Jurassic Park, duh!) Maybe the National Museum of American History should go under the “Movie Magic” category. . . NOPE. It can’t. There are too many things here that are even more important than movie history.
Like THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER. You know, from the song? Yeah, THAT ONE. Seriously. The original American flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write some lyrics that eventual became the national anthem? Yep. One of the most amazing exhibits you’ll ever see. Or what about Abraham Lincoln’s top hat? Yeah. Abe Lincoln wore that hat. Sitting right there. He touched it. And now you’re here. Looking at it.
Presidential goodies galore. Julia Child’s kitchen. The Woolworth’s lunch counter from the 1960 sit-in. BTW, it’s FREE (just like basically every other museum in D.C.). Even if you can only pop your head in for 30 minutes, don’t think twice. Do it. The museum is fairly small so you can easily run around from exhibit to exhibit. Kermit won’t care if you’re sweaty.