If there was one place you’d expect to find the biggest collection of historical American artifacts in the world, it would probably be Washington, DC. The nation’s capital does, in fact, boast just such a collection at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian museum houses more than 1.8 million artifacts that weave the narrative tapestry of the nation.
Among its permanent collection, guests will discover pieces like the original Star-Spangled Banner, President Abraham Lincoln’s top hot, and even Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. In addition to the permanent exhibits, which house objects like these in cohesive displays, the National Museum of American History also hosts rotating exhibits. These cover various historical topics and change regularly, so you can always come back to the museum for a fresh perspective on U.S. history.