As a history teacher who loves to travel I am constantly on the lookout for great history museums to visit. While we have not had the chance, time, or money to see every history museum in this wonderful country, we have been to some great ones and have many more on our travel bucket list. Some would think visiting a history museum would be a waste of vacation time, but what my wife and I have found in our travels is that the more we learn about our country the more we appreciate what we have and where we come from. We hope you enjoy our list of Top 10 History Museums in the United States and hope it inspires you to seek out America’s history wherever your travels take you.
Top 10 History Museums in the United States.
10. Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill Center located in Cody Wyoming has received numerous awards and has become a must see destination for those traveling to Yellowstone National Park. This museum complex consists of five museums that not only tell the story of the West but help keep the spirit of the West alive as well. For more information on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West visit their website at http://centerofthewest.org/
9. National World War II Museum
The National World War II Museum is located in the city of New Orleans and is a must see if you find yourself in the area. It is a large museum complex with big ambitions as it is only halfway through its $325 million dollar six building expansion. When finished as planned in 2016, the National World War II Museum will have over 250,000 square feet of exhibit space to tell the story of one of history’s biggest events. For more information on the National World War II Museum visit their website at http://nationalww2museum.org/
8. National Museum of the United States Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton Ohio is one of the most visited attractions in the state. It is home to over 350 aircraft and missiles telling as complete a story of air force history as a single museum can. Another amazing part to this great museum is that it is FREE. For more information on the National Museum of the United States Air Force visit their website at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/
7. Baseball Hall of Fame
History of one’s country is not just found in the major events but also in the culture of the people. There is no better place for learning about America than seeing its “pastime” at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. From some of the best artifacts from the history of the game, to learning about some of the historically significant chapters in US history like Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier and ending the segregation of baseball or women taking to the ball fields as men went off to fight World War II. For more information on the Baseball Hall of Fame visit their website at http://baseballhall.org/
6. National World War I Museum
The National world War I Museum in Kansas City is an excellent museum on the Great War. It is an interactive and creative museum that makes learning about history a blast. From the architecture on the outside to the computer technology used on the inside it will make you wonder why all childhood fieldtrips to the local history museum weren’t like this. For more information on the National World War I Museum visit their website at http://theworldwar.org/
5. National Civil Rights Museum
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is built around the Lorraine Motel the site of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination. This museum has a variety of exhibits telling the long struggle of African Americans striving for Civil Rights. While partially opened now, due to the current renovation, the National Civil Rights Museum will be back and better than ever sometime in the first quarter of 2014. The National Civil Rights museum is a great museum about the United States overcoming some of the worst parts of its history. For more information about the National Civil Rights Museum visit http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/
4. Henry Ford and the Greenfield Village
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village is a large indoor and outdoor museum complex that is home to a variety of historically significant items. It not only tells the history of the automobile, but it also displays rare items of America’s past like the chair Lincoln was sitting in at Ford’s Theatre to the Rosa Parks bus. If you enjoy Americana then the Henry Ford Museum is right up your alley. For more information on the Henry Ford Museum and the Greenfield Village visit their website at http://www.thehenryford.org/
3. National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum is one of the top ranked museums in the world let alone the United States. Located in Washington D.C. this aviation museum is packed full of history from the Spirit of St. Louis to the Apollo 11 Command Module the National Air and Space Museum would be on any history buffs bucket list. For more information on the National Air and Space Museum visit their website at http://airandspace.si.edu/
2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is dedicated to the history of the music industry, and while the majority of Americans could probably not name 15 presidents of the United States they could probably name dozens and dozens of musical acts they have followed and love to listen to. While that probably says something about the state of public education in the United States it also says a lot about what the majority of Americans find important. What better place to learn about American Culture than learning about the musical acts they followed. For more information about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame visit their website at http://www.rockhall.com/
1. National Museum of American History
There is probably no better way to finish off our Top 10 History Museums in the United States than the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. With more than 3 million artifacts displayed or within its archives no museum in the United States has more artifacts on American history and culture. For more information on the National Museum of American History visit their website at http://americanhistory.si.edu/
We hope you enjoyed our list of the Top 10 History Museums in the United States. Like any top 10 list they are subject to opinion so please give us yours and let us know what you think of our list, is there anything that you think we should not have put on our list and what would you replace it with by leaving a comment.
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