Like A Tourist: National Museum of American History, Part 1

I've crossed another item off of my Washington DC Bucket List
(get the full list by clicking here ~ bucket list)

National Museum of American History

I went on Sunday; it was super rainy and chilly.  No one will be out in that weather, right?
The museum opened at 10am, I got there at 10:20am and it was already PACKED full of tourists.  At this point it was mostly families, so it was manageable.

I loved that when I walked in, this is what I saw ~


Here's some more :)

It also just happened to be Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family and I'd been watching it all weekend! Love it!

This one is my favorite . . .


We're talking Christian Bale & Heath Ledger...LOVE IT EVEN MORE!
If you didn't know that Batman is my favorite super hero, you do now :)

This was all right by the main entrance.  As you walk further down the first floor there's this HUGE doll house. It was surrounded by people, so I wasn't able to get a picture of it myself. I Googled this one.  The doll house is seriously amazing.  I think it's the size of a small child.  All of the details that went into this. Curtains, place settings, kitchen accessories... it's fantastic. I had a doll house when I was little.  My dad built it for me. Every little girl should have a doll house!

Speaking of dolls. . . 
Mattel's early Barbie, 1958, was marketed as a fashion doll with a teenage lifestyle.  Barbie's unrealistic body shape concerned some adults, but her active, grown-up image appealed to young girls.
Action Figure 1964-1969 ~ The Hasbro toy company introduced its line of action figures for boys in 1964 as "America's movable fighting man." And boys adamantly insisted that "G.I. Joe" was an action figure, not a doll.

And more...dolls...puppets...
Do you remember these guys? The California Raisins! So cool,

FRAGGLES!!!!!!!!!!! oh, and Chef from the Muppets.

You've got Bert & Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and Cookie Monster. Plus, in the bottom right corner you have some Tim Burton stop motion guys from Nightmare Before Christmas (I think).

Now, we can't forget the ever fabulous...
Ms Piggy
Kermit is usually in this spot, but he wasn't there.  Ms Piggy was in his place in the "American Stories" section of the museum.

Now here is one of my FAVORITE parts of the museum ~

This is one of the several pairs of Ruby Slippers that Judy Garland wore during the 1938 production of 
The Wizard of Oz
My mom warned me that they weren't going to be as shiny as I was hoping for. They are 76 years old for crying out loud. It was still pretty cool to see them in person. I LOVE The Wizard of Oz.

I'm going to stop here for today. Don't worry, I'll be back next week with MORE pictures and fun from the National Museum of American History.  I just don't want to overload your brains :)