National Museum of American History
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Museum of American History
Originally founded as the National Museum of History and Technology in 1964, this museum charms millions of visitors with over three million artifacts and national treasures that have shaped a nascent American history and culture Highlights include the original flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the "Star Spangled Banner," the First Ladies gowns, an 1850 John Bull locomotive, Abraham Lincoln's top hat, White House china and porcelain, Thomas Edison's 1879 light bulb, the original Greensboro lunch counter from the 1960 sit-ins, George Washington's Revolutionary War uniform and saber, and the ever-popular "American Stories" exhibit that includes Dorothy's ruby red slippers of Wizard of Oz fame, and Kermit the frog.
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