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C-3PO and R2-D2, NMAH Iconic Collections on View, by Talman, Hugh, August 25, 2006, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 2006-21494.

September 5, 2006

The National Museum of American History closes for renovation. However, its most popular and iconic objects, including C-3PO and R2-D2 from the movie Star Wars, will be available for visitors to view in temporary exhibits across the Institution.More

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