There’s nothing better than a trip to the United States of America. Whether you live there already or live in another country, there is just so much to explore you could spend years truly spending time in each state and getting the most out of this amazing country (which we totally wish we could do). One of the best things about America is that it’s chock-a-block full of history to get your teeth stuck into. Luckily, you can now see everything you want to see in the many history museums in the United States – so make sure you put all of them on your bucket list!
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
There probably isn’t a person alive who hasn’t heard of the Smithsonian – it is an American institution that is famous for providing the world with world-class museums, gardens, zoos, and galleries. One of their most popular history museums is the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The museum has been welcoming visitors since 1964 when it first opened as the Museum of History and Technology. However, the museum has since changed its name and offers visitors the chance to explore more than three million exhibits and artifacts that focus on the military, cultural, political and social aspects of the country. The highlight of this museum? You can see the original Star-Spangled Banner for your very eyes!
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is a spectacle from the outside, as well as from the inside. This museum offers a whopping 45 exhibition halls in its location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The museum has been established since 1869 and now offers its visitors more than 32 million artifacts, including dinosaur fossils, human remains, meteorites, stuffed animals, rocks and minerals and mainly focuses on biology, zoology, and anthropology. The main event is definitely the exhibit on old human civilizations, as the American Museum of Natural History shows some of the oldest Neanderthal skeletons in the world.
National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum is one of the newest museums in America and was only opened in 2014. However, it has quickly become one of the busiest museums in New York and the whole country, with over 4 million visitors so far! As you can tell from the name, the museum focuses mostly on the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, but the museum also focuses on the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – looking into the motives and the events leading up to these horrific terror offenses. This museum offers incredible works of art remembering the victims of these attacks, including interactive exhibitions.
National WWII Museum
If you ever find yourself in New Orleans, you just have to head over to the French Quarter to check out the National WWII Museum. This museum covers an impressive six acres and opened up in 2000. This incredible museum will get you involved from the get-go, as a train car takes you to the ‘front’ to start off your journey. With hundreds of artifacts and memorabilia, as well as interactive exhibits and vintage planes and cars, this museum will give you an insight into life during WWII. You can finish off your visit with a 4-D movie. Many war veterans visit the museum to meet visitors, which gives you a chance to thank them for their incredible bravery.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Ellis Island has played a huge part in American history – so it’s well worth a look-see. From 1892 to 1954, Ellis Island served as the main immigration office for anyone entering the United States from all over the world. Millions upon millions of immigrants walked the ground on Ellis Island. In fact, in the year of 1907 over 1 million immigrants passed through the doors! Nowadays, the main building of Ellis Island has been transformed into a museum which follows the lives of those people who started their new lives in America and the immigration process. Visitors also get the chance to walk through the quarantine hospital where many immigrants were kept during their entry process.
America is teeming with amazing history museums; the only problem is that you need to choose which one you want to visit first!