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Museum of History

Entrance to the Museum, view from the Mall
inside: The Mall
map marker: Museum of History
(The Washington Monument)
quests: Head of State
Lincoln's Profit Margins
cell name: MuseumAmericanEntrance
MuseumAmerican01 (Lower Halls)
MuseumAmerican03 (Offices)
ref id: 00074EB2
0001851F (Lower Halls)
0001851D (Offices)

The Museum of History, inside view from channel 8: Washington, DC of the Prepare for the Future teaser site

The Museum of History is a former museum located in Washington D.C. in Fallout 3. The structure itself is relatively undamaged, but the exhibits have mostly been destroyed or ruined. It contains the entrance to the Underworld, which is a city of sentient ghouls. Among other Lincoln artifacts (see below) the Museum also houses the only Lincoln's Repeater and Lincoln's Hat in the game.



The museum is on the north side of The Mall, north and a little east of the Washington Monument.


As with many Buildings, like the Washington Monument and Capitol Building, the only access to it would be through the Metro. Be warned, the Metro is inhabited by a number of Raiders, and the only way to get through the Metro to the Museum would be to fight your way through. The easiest way to get to the museum through the Metro would be to go in Anacostia Crossing and head up the tracks, then through the Museum Station.


The Museum - except Underworld - is infested by - depending on your difficulty - Feral Ghouls, Glowing Ones, and even Reavers. However, acquiring the Ghoul Mask shall make all of these enemies friendly.

Lincoln's Artifacts

The Museum of History houses a considerable number of artifacts of Abraham Lincoln. As the former president is a symbol of hope for slaves in the Wastelands, his artifacts are highly sought after by both slaves and slavers (and historians, of course).

See the main article for item locations and buyers.

Other notable loot


Museum of History Entrance

Museum of History Lower Halls

Museum of History Offices

  • Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual on the desk next to the case containing Lincoln's Repeater (second floor of museum offices).
  • John Wilkes Booth Wanted Poster as well as the Civil War Draft Poster are found in the Museum of History Offices, Library section (the 2-story room with the turret), on the first floor on a book shelf in the southwest and southeast corners (respectively) of the room.
  • Antique Lincoln Coin Collection on the top floor of the library section, when you get to the top of the stairs go through the door in front of you and across the hall. It is on the east wall of this room.
  • Action Abe Action Figure item found in the Museum of History Offices on a desk in the Archives room behind a Very Hard locked door. You can access this without lock picking by going through the large hole in the wall nearby.
  • Lincoln's Hat is found in the Museum of History Offices in the room on the first right after going up the stairs to the first floor by the half buried desk around the left side of the room. The room is next to the men's bathroom.
  • Lincoln's Voice is found in the Museum of History Offices. It is located in the Library (the 2-story room with the turret), upstairs, on a desk to the left of the hole blown in the main room up there.
  • Lincoln's Repeater is found in the display case in the Museum of History Offices. Up the stairs, through the hole in the wall, in the middle room towards the back left.
  • Civil War Draft Poster can be found in the southeast corner of the museum on the lower office level, on the top shelf of the bookcases you see when looking westwards. It seems that the poster can also fall to the ground as well. This maybe a result of the turret shooting at ghouls or maybe an odd placement by developers which causes it to fall. Check both top shelf or ground.
  • Lincoln Memorial Poster is found on the upper level of the Museum of History Offices to the right of the broken section of wall, hanging on the wall behind a desk. The poster will not appear there until the player talks with Caleb Smith during the Head of State quest. Be aware it is also in the line of fire of the defense turret hanging from the ceiling, so additional caution would be advised when retrieving it.


  • The main door to the museum may freeze. Sometimes when this happens, it never corrects itself, and the player may get locked out forever.
  • When the player first enters the lower levels of the Museum of History, the feral ghouls, reavers, and one glowing one may not attack the player. They may just run around after each other, not attacking the player until attacked, while appearing as enemies on the players radar.(PC Version)
  • It is possible to re-lock the exhibit security gates, after they have been picked, by hacking the nearby computer and closing them. You may then proceed to pick the locks again and again using this method- gaining exp. (360 Disproved, PS3 and PC Confirmed)
  • When fast traveling to the Museum, a Super Mutant may appear in front of you.
  • On the first floor of the Museum of History Offices, around the middle of the map, there is a room with an empty metal box sitting on top of a short shelf that does not indicate [EMPTY] when looking at it.

See also

This article uses material from the "Museum of History" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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