Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?
When: through May 25, 2015
The Conestoga Wagon and 1964 Mustang are gone from the 1st floor main hall of American History, and the carriage that took Abraham Lincoln to Ford's Theater is now in their place.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, and in conjunction with an exhibit at Ford's, the American History Museum has borrowed Lincoln's barouche (shades of Mrs. Elton from Emma!) from its current location at the Studebaker National Museum.
It's in such good condition, you'd swear you could hitch up some horses and ride around town, and I suppose this is because it's never gotten much use. It's really a lovely vehicle, despite its somber association.
If you're at American History, be sure to stop by and see this. You can easily add this on to a trip to see another exhibit in a lunch hour.
Verdict: A great way to see a piece of history that's usually not in the DC area; some good information on small plaques around the vehicle provides historical context.