When I was little my favorite movie was ‘The Wizard of Oz’. I remember begging my Mother to take me to see the real Ruby Slippers…but alas it never happened. My six year old daughter is a ‘Wizard of Oz’ fan and I was delighted that I got to take her to see the REAL Ruby Slippers at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. a few months ago. The National Museum of American History is filled with artifacts and sentimental items from America’s past.
The Ruby Slippers are found in the ‘American Stories’ exhibition. They are kept behind a special case that is temperature controlled and showcased in dim light. Sadly, because of this it is quite difficult to obtain a good photo or to see them very well. Even so, we enjoyed seeing the real slippers in front of our eyes.
A few other items currently on display in the ‘American Stories’ exhibition are; a Sunstone Capital from the Nauvoo Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, signed baseball from the 1937 All-Star game, a camera used to record the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001, a Kermit the Frog puppet, and the original Elphaba costume from Broadway’s Wicked.
We also got to visit the ‘GeoGallery’ where we were able to see many gemstones, minerals, rocks and meteorites. Some of my favorite gems were the Blue Heart Diamond and the Hope Diamond. I couldn’t even imagine wearing one of those diamond, they are so huge!
My daughter loved learning and seeing all of the educational items on display. Sadly, we didn’t have much time to explore since the museum was closing but we are planning to go back very soon.
On our next visit I am planning to visit the ‘First Ladies’ exhibit that showcases more than 2 dozen gowns from the Smithsonian’s 100 year old First Ladies collection. Some gowns on display have belonged to; First Lady Obama, Jaqueline Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and many others.
Have you been to the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.?
What was your favorite display?
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This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.