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The National Museum of American History

Constitution Ave. and 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20013
John Bull, an 1831 locomotive on display at the museum

John Bull, an 1831 locomotive on display at the museum.

Photo credit: By Leon Reed from Falls Church, VA, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The National Museum of American History is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is located on the National Mall. The first floor's East Wing has exhibits that feature transportation and technology. The John Bull locomotive is the signature artifact. The exhibits in the West Wing address science and innovation. The museum's Archives Center identifies, acquires, and preserves significant archival records in many media and formats to document America's history and its diverse cultures. Center staff arrange, describe, preserve, and make collections accessible in support of scholarship, exhibitions, publications, and education.

The online collections include categories for "Medicine & Science" and "Industry & Manufacturing." One notable object in the collection is the Bakelizer, invented by Leo H. Baekeland to produce Bakelite, one of the first plastics made from synthetic components. In 1993, the American Chemical Society named the Bakelizer as the first National Historic Chemical Landmark. It's not currently on view.

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