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Museums in Washington DC

Largely thanks to the heavy-hitting and multi-branched Smithsonian Institution, America’s capital has become synonymous with world-class museums worth planning a trip around.
An elephantine welcome at the National Museum of Natural History

History

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY ❶

The centrepiece at this popular Smithsonian member is the flag that inspired The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem. Other highlights include Abraham Lincoln’s top hat and Dorothy’s slippers from The Wizard of Oz (americanhistory.si.edu; cnr 14th St & Constitution Ave NW; 10am–5.30pm, see website for extended hours calendar; free).

US HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM ❷

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