Date of Visit: March 22, 2011
The National Museum of American History is my all time favorite DC museum and not just because they have a Dumbo ride vehicle as one of the landmark display items. There is a lot to see the museum, so we just focused on going through a few of the exhibits we really wanted to see. We skipped the Star Spangled Banner, as that is the only exhibit Mik remembers seeing when we went during the Ballpark road trip in 2009 and it was too crowded to see anything else.
The main area we saw was the Transportation exhibits. Mik really enjoyed the On the Water exhibit and seeing the different miniature boat models. He also loved the touch screens he could roll up to and select to hear different things to be read to him. The American on the Move exhibit is also fun including rolling into the CTA car that makes it seem like you are actually riding with people to work in Chicago.
We really wanted to see the Gunboat Philadelphia, but either the wheelchair lift up to the viewing platform sucks or we are unlucky in that it was also out when we visited in 2009 and was out again on our March 2011 trip. You can see the front of the boat from the exhibit entrance, but the majority of the artifacts and good viewing of the gunboat is up a few steps on a raised viewing platform. Mik loves boats and maritime history, so it really annoys him that he keeps missing out on really seeing the exhibit because it has steps and a broken lift.
Photos by Kjersti
Text by Kjersti with Mik's wheelchair accessibility input
National Museum of American History
1400 Constitution Ave NW