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Ellis Island Immigration Museum - New York - Located at the Statue of Liberty, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex and tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island. Today, the descendants of those immigrants account for almost half of the US population.
Smithsonian Museum of American History - Washington DC - The museum collects, preserves, and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military history. Among the items on display is the original Star-Spangled Banner.
Field Museum of Natural History - Chicago - One of the largest such museums in the world. The museum maintains its status as a premier natural-history museum through the size and quality of its educational and scientific programs, as well as due to its extensive scientific-specimen and artifact collections. The diverse, high-quality permanent exhibitions, which attract up to two million visitors annually, range from the earliest fossils to past and current cultures from around the world to interactive programming demonstrating today's urgent conservation needs. The museum and its collections originated from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition and the artifacts displayed at the fair.
Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian - Washington DC - NMAI is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The museum includes the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall and the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in lower Manhattan.
American Museum of Natural History - Manhatten NY - One of the largest natural history museums in the world. Located in Theodore Roosevelt Park across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 26 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts It occupies more than 2 million square feet, and has a full-time scientific staff of 225, and averages about five million visits annually.
National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis - Located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the museum gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from slavery to the present. The Museum honors and preserves the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It chronicles the American civil rights movement and tells the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights. It educates and serves as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.
Jamestown and The American Revolution Museum - Yorktown VA - Near the site of the original colony, Jamestown Settlement tells the story of 17th-century Virginia, from the arrival of English colonists in Jamestown in 1607 to the cultural encounters and events that planted the seeds of a new nation. The world of Jamestown, America's first permanent English colony, comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history. The museum tells the story of the nation's founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Exciting indoor galleries feature period artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits and films, including "The Siege of Yorktown" with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects.
Museum of Native American History - Bentonville AR - a non-profit, handicapped-accessible museum of Native American history, art, and culture. The museum was founded in 2006 by David Bogle, a local businessman and registered member of the Cherokee Nation. The museum features artifacts from across the Americas covering over 14,000 years of history. The museum chooses to focus on the broader history of Native Americans as a whole, rather than any specific tribe and is laid out in roughly chronological order beginning around 12,000 BC and ending around 1900 AD.
The National WWII Museum - New Orleans - formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, is a military history museum located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. The museum focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II. Founded in 2000, it was later designated by the U.S. Congress as America's official National WWII Museum in 2003. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliated museum. The mission statement of the museum emphasizes the American experience in World War II.
Museum of History & Industry - Seattle - located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. This Museum is the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington maintaining a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, and archival materials that primarily focus on Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region. A portion of this collection is on display in the museum's galleries at the historic Naval Reserve Armory in Lake Union Park.
The Assassination of Lincoln & Ford's Theatre - Washington DC - Ford's Theatre is the location of one of the most momentous event in U.S. history; the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. This tour goes behind the scenes to see things that you typically don't see surrounding the death of Lincoln.