​Weird Smithsonian Artifacts At National Museum

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August 27, 2013

There are plenty of weird objects and artifacts on display at the Smithsonian National Museum. it is home to some 137 million objects, artworks and specimens. That number number is climbing all the time so it’s no surprise that it’s been dubbed the “the nation’s attic” or “America’s attic.”

Crash-test dummies Vince and Larry endured countless wrecks and made some funny commercials to get people to wear their seatbelts. The gear from the famous duo was donated to this to Smithsonian. General Motors donated the artifacts in 2010.

Dorothy’s ruby slippers is another object on display. The iconic shoes from “The Wizard of Oz” was worn by Judy Garland and is one of the museum’s main attractions. The glittering red slippers are worn around the edges, a reminder of all the clicking and dancing they endured during the filming.

Who didn’t know that Teddy Roosevelt had a teddy bear? The prized possession is the original and given to President Theodore Roosevelt after a particular bear-hunting story made its way around. The incident also inspired a popular political cartoon.

President Harry Truman had a two-lane bowling alley installed in the White House, which helped create a White House bowling league. The alley was later turned into a rather boring facility called the White House Mimeograph room by the next president. You can see the original artifacts at the Smithsonian.

The National Museum of American History also displays a rather odd keepsake: former President Warren G. Harding’s monogrammed silk pajamas. He must have loved them, because he had a matching set of red ones. Yes, the museum does have a lot of weird artifacts.

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