One of the quieter, less "hyped" museums on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this museum houses many artifacts from the United States' humble beginnings to the present day. Though not as crowded as the Air and Space Museum, or Museum of Natural History, this is a spot that you shouldn't miss on your trip to D.C.
Exhibitions reflect just about every aspect of American life, past and present. This is the museum where you can see the actual flag that was draped over the damaged wall of the Pentagon the morning after 9/11.
View coin collections, browse through the lives of jazz legends like Ray Charles, see many original pop culture items, and view early agricultural machinery. There is so much to see here that an entire afternoon is needed to appreciate the volume of items displayed.