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Explore Historic Artifacts at the National Museum of American History

If you put the shelves that house the National Museum of American History‘s collection of artifacts end to end, they would measure more than three miles in length. This should tell you something about the size of the collection. It boasts more than 1.8 million items that shed light on the history of this nation, ranging from Abraham Lincoln’s famous top hat to the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Come to the museum and check out its mix of temporary and permanent exhibits, starting with the country’s oldest story: The American Revolution: A World War. This permanent exhibit showcases famous paintings that depict bits and pieces of the Revolutionary War. Other displays examine contemporary aspects of American history, like the Greensboro Lunch Counter. This exhibit recreates the lunch counter that helped fuel the Civil Rights movement at a time when racial segregation was still commonplace. Explore these permanent displays and other exhibits at the National Museum of American History.