Smithsonian National Museum of American History

During my recent trip to Washington D.C., I checked out several historical sites and museums.  One of the places I visited was the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  Among the items on display were the following:

These are costumes (designed by Orry-Kelly) from 1939’s “Dark Victory” (left) and 1942’s “Now, Voyager” (right).  These were worn by Bette Davis.

Harry Potter’s Hogwarts costume from 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (as worn by Daniel Radcliffe).

This is one of the pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.”

Yes, Jim Henson’s most famous Muppet is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. as well as the Center For Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

Stop-motion puppets of Tubby the tuba, the wise frog, and a trio of string instruments from George Pal’s 1947 Oscar-nominated animated short “Tubby the Tuba.”

Also on display were some items from 1927’s The Jazz Singer, Bruce Lee’s black costume from 1973’s Enter the Dragon, a Batarang from 2005’s Batman Begins, some character drawings from the 1957 Looney Tunes short What’s Opera, Doc?, and some stop-motion puppets from 2005’s Corpse Bride.  This museum is a must-see if you ever visit Washington D.C.


2 responses to “Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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