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2010_DC_SIAH_193922DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 1939
1939
November 24, 2010 – October 21, 2012
This small exhibition reveals how Americans used entertainment to distract themselves during a turbulent year when the country was recovering from the Great Depression and World War II loomed -- 1939. Heroes, both real and imaginary, were made through radio...
2014_DC_SIAH_WorldsFair40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 1965 Ford Mustang and World's Fair
1965 Ford Mustang
April 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015
A silver-blue 1965 Ford Mustang made in October 1964 and donated to the museum in 2004 by Eleanor McMillan, a former Smithsonian employee, is on display. The first Mustang was revealed to the public by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in New York...
2019_DC_SIAH_DDay36DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: 75th Anniversary of D-Day
75th Anniversary of D-Day
June 6, 2019 – TBD
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the museum displays objects from our World War II collections. Featured objects include a rare and authentic marble grave marker of the type used in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer,...
2002_DC_SIAH_More_Perfect2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
October 1, 1987 – January 11, 2004
The Constitutional process is examined by considering the experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry before, during, and after World War II. During World War II almost 120,000 Japanese Americans,...
2003_DC_SIAH_More_Perfect4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution
October 1, 1987 – January 11, 2004
The Constitutional process is examined by considering the experiences of Americans of Japanese ancestry before, during, and after World War II. During World War II almost 120,000 Japanese Americans,...
2021_09_17C2_SIAH_Grieves23DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A Nation Grieves
A Nation Grieves
September 17, 2021 to December 14, 2021
This display features 24 white plastic flags from the 2020 public art installation designed by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. The In America: How could this happen... installation outside of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. was designed to...
2021_09_18B4_SIAH_Grieves14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: A Nation Grieves
A Nation Grieves
September 17, 2021 to December 14, 2021
This display features 24 white plastic flags from the 2020 public art installation designed by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg. The In America: How could this happen... installation outside of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. was designed to...
2009_DC_SIAH_Lincoln130DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
While photographing the exhibit one time, I ran into James Swanson giving a private tour of the collection to Conan O'Brien, who gave a Lincoln talk the previous night at Ford's Theatre.

Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life:
Ongoing, Third floor center
As part of the Smithsonian-wide celebration...
2017_DC_SIAH_AdWar30DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Advertising War
Advertising War
April 6, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Before the advent of radio and motion pictures, art and illustration were the primary forms of mass communication. With the outbreak of World War I, governments, militaries, and service organizations hired artists and illustrators to depict the ravages...
2005_DC_SIAH_AgHall11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Agriculture Hall
Agriculture Hall
January 23, 1964 – September 4, 2006
Hand and horse-drawn tools to present-day mechanized equipment illustrate the changes in rural America since the 18th century. Together the scythes, hayforks, plows, harvesting machinery, and steam engines show the progression in agriculture from...
2019_DC_SIAH_All_Work57DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: All Work and No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor
All Work and No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor
March 4, 2019 – February 2020
Explore the history of women’s work in the home and the value and implications of unwaged labor. Despite making steps forward in the paid labor force, there is an implied and historical expectation that women will...
2016_DC_SIAH_Firefighting17DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Always Ready: Firefighting in the 19th Century
Always Ready: Firefighting in the 19th Century
September 16, 2016 – TBD
Firefighting has always been a duty that depends upon the participation of the community. However, the role of citizens in fighting fire changed dramatically over the 19th century. Populations grew and buildings rose in size,...
2018_DC_SIAH_Listening39DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America's Listening
America's Listening
October 19, 2018 – TBA
America's Listening tells the story of recorded sound and five of the innovations that contributed to how we consume music and movies today. Artifacts on view include Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone, Emile Berliner’s...
2020_DC_SIAH_Listening44DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: America's Listening
America's Listening
October 19, 2018 – TBA
America's Listening tells the story of recorded sound and five of the innovations that contributed to how we consume music and movies today. Artifacts on view include Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell’s graphophone, Emile Berliner’s...
2014_DC_SIAH_Nisei6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: American Heroes (Nisei medalion)
American Heroes
February 19, 2014 – June 2, 2014
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, President Roosevelt issued an executive order which resulted in the removal and imprisonment of over 110,000 ethnic Japanese in camps through the western U.S. Almost two-thirds of those...
2010_DC_SIAH_Apollo20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Apollo: Where Stars Are Born
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment
April 23, 2010 – August 29, 2010
The exhibition explores for the first time the rich history and the cultural significance of Harlem's Apollo Theater. It features photographs and artifacts to trace the story of the...
1999_DC_SIAH_Armed1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2002_DC_SIAH_Armed2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2005_DC_SIAH_Armed1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Armed Forces History
Armed Forces History
July 3, 1965 – January 12, 2004
Through displays of uniforms, weapons, and flags, the Armed Forces History Hall traces the development of the U.S. armed forces beginning with the early Colonial period. A selection of patent models by such notable American inventors as Samuel Colt,...
2018_DC_SIAH_Art_Industry30DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Art in Industry
Art in Industry
March 22, 2018 – TBA
Art in Industry looks back at a time when Americans embraced artistic skills as a way to build a consumer-oriented industrial economy. This display features artistic industries as varied as publishing and pottery from the 1830s to the 1930s through three lenses:...
2014_DC_SIAH_Bollywood40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Beyond Bollywood
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation
February 27, 2014 – August 16, 2015
Learn about the history and contemporary experiences of Indian Americans as they have grown to be one of the more diverse and well-recognized communities in the United States. Photographs, artifacts, video, and...
2015_DC_SIAH_BigBand5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Big Band
Big Band
March 31, 2015 – Indefinitely
“Big Band” is by American painter LeRoy Neiman, who was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events. Completed in 2005, this work depicts performers he saw in concert from the 1950-80s....
2017_DC_SIAH_BigBand40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Big Band
Big Band
March 31, 2015 – Indefinitely
“Big Band” is by American painter LeRoy Neiman, who was known for his brilliantly colored, expressionist paintings and screen prints of athletes, musicians and sporting events. Completed in 2005, this work depicts performers he saw in concert from the 1950-80s....
2014_DC_SIAH_Purse35DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Camilla's Purse
Camilla's Purse
January 24, 2014 – May 4, 2014
Holocaust survivor Camilla Gottlieb’s ordinary life in Vienna was upended by World War II into crisis, imprisonment, and ultimately a new life in the United States. Her purse, discovered by her family after her death in 1964, contained letters and papers...
2016_DC_SIAH_Celebration20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
Celebration: Snapshots of African American Communities
September 9, 2016 – December 27, 2016
To celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of American History presents a special display of 25 photographs that reflect the diversity of the...
2012_DC_SIAH_Changing124DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963
December 14, 2012 - September 15, 2013
The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History commemorate two events that changed the course of the nation: The 1863...
2018_DC_SIAH_City_Hope49DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People's Campaign
December 15, 2017 – Indefinitely
City of Hope commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s daring vision to end poverty in the United States. With newly discovered photographs and videos, the exhibition encourages visitors to...
2012_DC_SIAH_Conestoga4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Conestoga Wagon
Conestoga Wagon
September 19, 2012 – Indefinitely
Covered wagons, which enabled settlement to spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, have long held an iconic place in the real and storied past of the American nation. Until the 1850s, Conestoga wagons helped settlers just beyond the mid-Atlantic...
2010_DC_SIAH_Cosmos9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt
Cosmos in Miniature: The Remarkable Star Map of Simeon De Witt
May 28, 2010 – December 5, 2010
This exhibition features the oldest surviving Anglo-American star map. Hand-drawn in 1780 by Simeon De Witt (1756-1834), a surveyor for George Washington and the Continental army, the map shows the stars...
2020_DC_SIAH_Icons152DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Creating Icons: How We Remember Women's Suffrage
Creating Icons: How We Remember Women's Suffrage
March 6, 2020 – May 2, 2021
This exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote. It commemorates women’s achievements in winning suffrage and invites audiences to explore how we celebrate milestones, what...
2016_DC_SIAH_Cyrus42DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
Cyrus Field and the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable
July 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016
In the mid-19th century, the world suddenly became smaller when an underwater telegraph cable joined two nations divided by the sea, Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada. Using Archives Center collection materials, this...
2005_DC_SIAH_Disneyland1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Disneyland: The First 50 Years
Disneyland: The First 50 Years
June 9, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, two rides -- a big teacup from Alice's Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant -- from the original theme park in Los Angeles, California, are on view.
2008_DC_SIAH_Disneyland2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Disneyland: The First 50 Years
Disneyland: The First 50 Years
June 9, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, two rides -- a big teacup from Alice's Mad Tea Party and Dumbo the Flying Elephant -- from the original theme park in Los Angeles, California, are on view.
2019_DC_SIAH_Elephants116DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction
Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction
November 1, 2019 – September 13, 2020
Marking the 30th anniversary of the historic African Elephant Conservation Act, Elephants and Us explores Americans’ relationship with elephants as it has evolved over centuries from one of exploitation to stewardship, and...
2015_DC_SIAH_EV111DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: EV1 Electric Car
EV1 Electric Car
June 10, 2015 – September 30, 2015
The EV1 was the first modern electric car designed for a mass market. Beginning in 1996, General Motors built 1,117 of the cars and leased most of them to consumers in California, Arizona, and Georgia. The EV1 became the focal point of a national...
2017_DC_SIAH_Righting181DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Executive Order 9066
Executive Order 9066
February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2018
February 19, 2017, is the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This three-page document signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the course of history for a segment of Americans of Japanese ancestry in America, and...
2002_DC_SIAH_Fast_Attack4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003
This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. It shows how submarines are built, how they work, and what they do. It also tells the story of submariners and...
2003_DC_SIAH_Fast_Attack6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
April 12, 2000 – June 1, 2003
This exhibition reviews the early history of submarines and their radical transformation after World War II. It shows how submarines are built, how they work, and what they do. It also tells the story of submariners and...
2006_DC_SIAH_Fire_Water2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection
Fire and Water: The CIGNA Firefighting and Maritime Collection
October 28, 2005 – July 13, 2006
Visitors can watch through large windows as curators process a collection of nearly 4,000 firefighting and maritime materials that date from 1825-1875, the heyday of voluntary fire organizations....
2013_DC_SIAH_Food46DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Food: Transforming the American Table
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 explores some of the major changes in food and wine in postwar America. From the impact of innovations and new technologies, to the influence of social and cultural shifts, the exhibition considers how these...
2019_DC_SIAH_Forgotten30DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Forgotten Workers: Chinese Migrants and the Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
May 10, 2019 – Spring 2020
Marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a critical episode in the development of the American West, Hidden Workers focuses on the forgotten Chinese...
2015_DC_SIAH_Sinatra9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Frank Sinatra at 100
Frank Sinatra at 100
November 20, 2015 – March 2016
The National Museum of American History marks the centennial of one of the giants of the entertainment world, Frank Sinatra (1915-98), with a display focused on his popular music, jazz, and motion picture career. This display showcases Sinatra’s...
2017_DC_SIAH_Pershing15DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918
Gen. John J. Pershing and World War I, 1917-1918
April 6, 2017 – Indefinitely
General John J. Pershing insisted the United States military have an independent American army on the ground when the U.S. entered the Great War. By recreating Pershing’s war office, this display gives the visitor a sense of...
2016_DC_SIAH_Sidney39DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
George Sidney: Creativity and Innovation in Golden Age Hollywood
January 19, 2016 – March 21, 2016
George Sidney (1916-2002), was an Oscar-winning director of musicals, dramas, and comedies during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the 1930s through the1950s. Sidney was under contract to...
2020_DC_SIAH_Girlhood376DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Girlhood (It's Complicated)
Girlhood (It's Complicated)
October 9, 2020 – January 2, 2022
The history of girlhood is not what people think; it is complicated. Young women are often told that girls are “made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” What is learned from history is that girls are made of stronger stuff. They have...
2021_10_04A4_SIAH_Girlhood6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Girlhood (It's Complicated)
2014_DC_SIAH_Google4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Google Cork Board server
Preview Case: American Enterprise
September 14, 2013 – January 13, 2015
This sneak peek at the museum's renovations features a Google Cork Board server.
2016_DC_SIAH_Piano9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Grand Piano
Grand Piano made by Bluthner, Leipzig, Germany, 1900
August 13, 2014 – Ongoing
The piano was made by the Blüthner firm in Leipzig, which remains one of the most respected German piano builders. This piano has a version of the ornate Jubilee cast-iron plates Blüthner produced from 1898 to 1907. It also...
2013_DC_SIAH_Fire_Engine11DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hand-Pumped Fire Engine, 1842
2016_DC_SIAH_Fire_Engine10DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hand-Pumped Fire Engine, 1842
2015_DC_SIAH_Hart_Celler23DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hart-Celler Act
Hart-Celler Act
October 2, 2015 – January 20, 2016
The Hart-Celler Act had far-reaching effects upon immigration to the United States by opening the possibility of coming to this nation for many people from around the world. Passage of the Act in 1965 was a water-shed event in configuring contemporary...
2015_DC_SIAH_Voice51DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hear My Voice
"Hear My Voice": Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound
January 26, 2015 – October 25, 2015
Alexander Graham Bell is best remembered as the inventor of the telephone, but he was also instrumental in the development of sound recording at his Volta Laboratory in Washington, D.C. See...
2010_DC_SIAH_Holidays4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Holidays on Display
Holidays on Display
November 13, 2009 – September 30, 2010
This exhibition examines the art, industry, and history of holiday displays across the United States, primarily between the 1920s and the 1960s, at the height of their popularity. On view are photographs, postcards, and illustrations of parade...
2016_DC_SIAH_Hooray45DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Hooray for Politics!
Hooray for Politics!
February 1, 2016 – Indefinitely
This display juxtaposes historic voting devices with contemporary candidate rally signs to encourage our visitors to reflect on the relationship between the nation’s democratic traditions and the current swirl of election news, and draw visitors...
2006_DC_SIAH_Ice_Cream1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ice Cream Parlor
Ice Cream Parlor
July 3, 1981 – September 2, 2003
Museum visitors can enjoy sundaes and sodas made with Haagen-Dazs ice cream in a parlor reminiscent of the turn of the century. An authentic decorative mirror is mounted behind the soda fountain. The exhibit also includes Stohlman's Confectionary and...
2019_DC_SIAH_Stonewall41DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
Illegal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall
June 21, 2019 – 2020
In June 1969, LGBTQ+ community members resisted a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in lower Manhattan. This event and others from that time were pivotal to the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The museum marks this 50th...
2015_DC_SIAH_Innovation20DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Innovation Wing
2013_DC_SIAH_Patent5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Invention and the Patent Model
Invention and the Patent Model
June 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014
Between 1790 and 1880, the U.S. Patent Office required a three-dimensional working model of each submission to demonstrate how the invention worked and to compare it against previously patented inventions. The models reflect technological...
2017_DC_SIAH_JFK10013DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: JFK Centennial Celebration
JFK Centennial Celebration
May 25, 2017 – August 27, 2017
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s birth on May 29, the Museum displays nine photographs of the 35th President and his family within the American Presidency exhibition. The photographs, taken in 1961 by...
2002_DC_SIAH_July19423DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: July 1942: United We Stand
July 1942: United We Stand
March 22, 2002 – October 27, 2002
Of the original 500 magazines printed July 1942 that featured the American flag, this exhibition reunites 60 years later nearly 100 of these covers. Intended as a show of patriotism, national strength, and unity in a time of crisis, the 1942...
2006_DC_SIAH_Armstrong1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lance Armstrong's Tour de France Bicycle
Lance Armstrong's Tour de France Bicycle
December 14, 2005 – September 4, 2006
Lance Armstrong was the only man in history to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times.* On view are the Trek 5500 bicycle he rode in the 2000 Tour de France and a LIVESTRONG wristband worn to raise awareness of...
2016_DC_SIAH_Laughing25DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Laughing Matters
Laughing Matters
July 22, 2016 – October 3, 2016
Laughing Matters is a display that looks into the stories of three comedians who changed the face of comedy. The showcase highlights the power of laughter in the realm of social and political discussion through the careers of Phyllis Diller, Carol...
2015_DC_SIAH_InnovationL4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO flag (from Innovation wing opening)
2017_DC_SIAH_LEGO_Liberty9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO Statue of Liberty
2018_DC_SIAH_LEGO_Liberty14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: LEGO Statue of Liberty
2018_DC_SIAH_Get_It_Right53DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Let's Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s
Let's Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s
July 27, 2018 – November 2018
Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s explores how employers encouraged their workforce. The display features 16 posters from the early 20th century including a WWI poster and posters from Mather...
2015_DC_SIAH_LCarriage15DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Lincoln's Carriage
Lincoln's Carriage
March 23, 2015 – May 25, 2015
A special display of the carriage that transported the President, Mary Todd Lincoln, Major Henry Rathbone and his fiancée Clara Harris to Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865; on loan from the Studebaker National Museum.
The open barouche model carriage...
2018_DC_SIAH_Moreno12DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Luisa Moreno
Luisa Moreno
July 20, 2018 – January 2019
A temporary display, Luisa Moreno, in the permanent American Enterprise exhibition examines the lasting legacy of Moreno, the Guatemala-born labor organizer, who brought together more than 100 groups in 1938 for El Congreso de Pueblos de Habla Española, the...
2014_DC_SIAH_ModernM72DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Making a Modern Museum
Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Museum of American History
May 16, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Learn about the origins of the National Museum of American History (originally the Museum of History and Technology) and consider what those origins mean for the...
2017_DC_SIAH_ModMed62DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Modern Medicine and the Great War
Modern Medicine and the Great War
April 6, 2017 – January 2019
World War I provided a testing ground for the application of new medical technologies and procedures, and in some cases accelerated their general acceptance or development. At the same time, wartime medical practice reflected the larger...
2019_DC_SIAH_Camels61DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: More Doctors Smoke Camels: A Close Reading of Historical Advertising
More Doctors Smoke Camels: A Close Reading of Historical Advertising
April 5, 2019 – TBD
Despite today’s common knowledge that tobacco products cause cancer, advertisers from the 1920s to the 1960s used representations of medical professionals to make the case that smoking was healthy. The exhibit...
2016_DC_SIAH_Muppets28DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Muppets and Puppets
Muppets and Puppets
November 23, 2016 – January 8, 2017
In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of Muppets and marionetts from the museum’s collection illustrating the evolution of puppetry. Included in the display are an Italian Prince and Princess marionette from 1900, an...
2008_DC_SIAH_Musical3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Musical Instruments Gallery
Musical Instruments Gallery
January 1, 1964 – October 21, 2012
The Musical Instruments Gallery presents samples of instruments and music relating to the history, performance styles and techniques of European and American music and the development of musical instruments dating from the 17th century....
2019_DC_SIAH_Computing76DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: My Computing Devices
My Computing Devices
August 28, 2019 – February 2020
My Computing Devices showcases the complex story of Americans’ ownership and use of computers, and challenges visitors to examine their own personal relationships with devices. A range of mechanical and electronic objects from the museum’s...
2012_DC_SIAH_Comp64DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: National Mall Design Competition
From http://www.nationalmall.org/news/designing-future-national-mall

Designing the Future of the National Mall
By Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
Monday, April 9, 2012
The Huffington Post
Today, the Trust for the National Mall will introduce the final design concepts for the National Mall...
2016_DC_SIAH_Guano51DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Norie Atlas and the Guano Trade
The Norie Atlas and the Guano Trade
February 17, 2016 – January 4, 2017
This display will highlight John Norie's unique Marine Atlas, a large bound book of sea charts dating to the early 19th century, within the historical context of the guano and nitrate trades, in which many of the swiftest and...
2021_DC_SIAH_Picturing51DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Picturing Women Inventors
Picturing Women Inventors
May 21, 2021 – TBD
If you had to name an inventor, would it be a woman? Like their male counterparts, women inventors represent all segments of American society, but their stories are often overlooked or undervalued. Picturing Women Inventors highlights the distinctive...
2016_DC_SIAH_Yellow_Cloud14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
Prince's "Yellow Cloud" Electric Guitar
April 26, 2016 – September 5, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recognizes the life and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016) by displaying his “Yellow Cloud” electric guitar. The guitar was made in 1989 and used during Prince’s...
2013_DC_SIAH_Puppetry60DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Puppetry in America (phase 1 of 2)
Puppetry in America
December 13, 2013 – March 26, 2014 (new closing date)
Howdy Doody and Kermit are only two of the beloved and familiar puppets in the museum's collection. Learn about the history and variety of puppets from marionettes and hand puppets to shadow puppets and ventriloquist figures,...
2014_DC_SIAH_Puppetry63DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Puppetry in America (phase 2 of 2)
Puppetry in America
December 13, 2013 – April 13, 2014
Howdy Doody and Kermit are only two of the beloved and familiar puppets in the museum's collection. Learn about the history and variety of puppets from marionettes and hand puppets to shadow puppets and ventriloquist figures, and learn about the...
2016_DC_SIAH_Ray29DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Ray Charles: "The Genius"
Ray Charles: "The Genius"
February 22, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Ray Charles was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century. This display explores his ability to overcome blindness, poverty, and segregation, as well as the musical talent and flair for performance that made him...
2016_DC_SIAH_Recent9DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions
Items from "Mad Men" and ...
2017_DC_SIAH_Recent1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (Fantasia cel)
2021_09_06D3_SIAH_Till41DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Reckoning with Remembrance: History, Injustice, and the Murder of Emmett Till
Reckoning with Remembrance: History, Injustice, and the Murder of Emmett Till
September 3, 2021 – October 5, 2021
During a visit to see his great uncle in Mississippi, 14-year-old Emmett Till, of Chicago, was brutally lynched on August 28, 1955. When his mutilated body was recovered from the...
2004_DC_SIAH_SAL7DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Science in American Life
Science in American Life
April 27, 1994 – November 27, 2011
This exhibition examines the interaction between science and society from 1876 to the present. Through artifacts, historical photographs, computer interactives, and multimedia technology, the exhibition brings to life many of the scientific...
2012_DC_SIAH_SAL1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Science in American Life
Science in American Life
April 27, 1994 – November 27, 2011
This exhibition examines the interaction between science and society from 1876 to the present. Through artifacts, historical photographs, computer interactives, and multimedia technology, the exhibition brings to life many of the scientific...
2009_DC_SIAH_Scurlock4DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Scurlock Studio
The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise
January 30, 2009 – February 28, 2010
Nearly a century's worth of photographs from the Scurlock Studio,which operated from 1911-1994, form a vivid portrait of black Washington, D.C., in all its guises -- its challenges and its victories,...
2003_DC_SIAH_Separate1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
May 15, 2004 – July 16, 2006
This exhibition celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that ended segregation in public schools, and reviews and examines its legacy through personal stories and artifacts. On May 17,...
2004_DC_SIAH_Separate3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education
May 15, 2004 – July 16, 2006
This exhibition celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision that ended segregation in public schools, and reviews and examines its legacy through personal stories and artifacts. On May 17,...
2012_DC_SIAH_Monticello85DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello
Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty
January 27, 2012 – October 14, 2012
This exhibition explores slavery and enslaved people in America through the lens of Jefferson’s Monticello plantation. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an—abominable...
2016_DC_SIAH_Solar40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Solar on the Line
Solar on the Line
November 29, 2016 – TBD
Solar on the Line explores the innovation and technology behind solar power as a renewable energy resource. It introduces visitors to the history of solar energy use in the U.S. as well as how it is both a part of the electrical grid as well as an off-grid...
2020_DC_SIAH_Sounding6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Sounding American Music
Sounding American Music
Ongoing
1 Center
From acoustic guitar to keytar – this display looks at musicians representing diverse genres who have innovated, invented, and inspired as they contributed to America’s songbook. Guitars from Steve Cropper, Elizabeth Cotten, and Jesse Fuller demonstrate...
2018_DC_SIAH_SpecialO24DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Special Olympics at 50
Special Olympics at 50
July 10, 2018 – June 2019
Special Olympics has been in operation for 50 years, using sports competition to expose and react against societal discrimination of adults and children with intellectual disabilities. This highlights case explores Special Olympics through five case...
2006_DC_SIAH_Stanley2DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Stanley: Robot Car
Robots on the Road: Stanley
November 21, 2008 – January 8, 2012
This experimental robot car named Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg, offers a glimpse into the future of "smart" cars. It can drive itself without a human in the driver's seat or at remote controls; it sees the road ahead through...
2008_DC_SIAH_Stanley1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Stanley: Robot Car
Robots on the Road: Stanley
November 21, 2008 – January 8, 2012
This experimental robot car named Stanley, a modified Volkswagen Touareg, offers a glimpse into the future of "smart" cars. It can drive itself without a human in the driver's seat or at remote controls; it sees the road ahead through...
2018_DC_SIAH_Superheroes54DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Superheroes
Superheroes
November 20, 2018 – TBA
This showcase display presents artifacts from the museum’s collections that relate to superheroes, including comic books, original comic art, movie and television costumes and props, and memorabilia.
2019_DC_SIAH_Superheroes47DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Superheroes
Superheroes
November 20, 2018 – January 12, 2020
This showcase display presents artifacts from the museum’s collections that relate to superheroes, including comic books, original comic art, movie and television costumes and props, and memorabilia.

Note: They rotated most of the artifacts on...
2017_DC_SIAH_TTelevision36DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: T is for Television
T is for Television
November 21, 2017 to July 4, 2018
From the earliest days of television to today, performers and producers have created beloved characters that teach children about getting along with others and understanding the world around them. This exhibition will feature treasured objects from...
2018_DC_SIAH_TTelevision29DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: T is for Television
T is for Television
November 27, 2017 – September 4, 2018
From the earliest days of television to today, performers and producers have created beloved characters that teach children about getting along with others and understanding the world around them. This exhibition features treasured objects from...
2010_DC_SIAH_Telescope3DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Telescope, 1865
2021_11_28B2_SIAH_Franklin45DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Electric Dr. Franklin
The Electric Dr. Franklin
November 20, 2021 – TBA
The Electric Dr. Franklin showcase explores the founding father's pioneering electrical work and features objects showing the electrical science of Franklin’s era as well as later devices he influenced. The display allows visitors understand Franklin’s... (Partially reviewed)
2017_DC_SIAH_Ella44DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100
The First Lady of Song: Ella Fitzgerald at 100
March 30, 2017 – April 2, 2018
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was one of the greatest American singers. She had a warm and lovely voice, superb rhythmic sense, considerable versatility, meticulous intonation, and exceptional talent at “scat” singing,...
2021_10_04A3_SIAH_Muppets8DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Muppets Take American History
The Muppets Take American History
November 12, 2020 – Indefinitely
In this series of special pop-up displays, Muppets from the collection will be appearing in unexpected places in some of our best-loved exhibitions, inviting visitors to look at history through a fun new lens. Look for Fozzie Bear to...
2021_DC_SIAH_Muppets19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Muppets Take American History
The Muppets Take American History
November 12, 2020 – Indefinitely
In this series of special pop-up displays, Muppets from the collection will be appearing in unexpected places in some of our best-loved exhibitions, inviting visitors to look at history through a fun new lens. Look for Fozzie Bear to...
2017_DC_SIAH_TNWBT14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Nation We Build Together exhibit cases
2021_DC_SIAH_Only_One14DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success
The Only One in the Room: Women Achievers in Business and the Cost of Success
November 20, 2020 – TBA
Getting to the top in business is always tough, and for women tougher yet. While women are inventive, driven, and great managers they often face discrimination and cultural boulders blocking their...
2012_DC_SIAH_TJBible16DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Thomas Jefferson's Bible
Jefferson's Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth
November 11, 2011 – July 15, 2012
In 1820, Thomas Jefferson assembled a private text using excerpts from the Four Gospels of the New Testament in Greek, Latin, French, and English. His aim was to tell a chronological version of Jesus’ life,...
2015_DC_SIAH_AALens130DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Through the African American Lens
Through the African American Lens: A Preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
May 8, 2015 – TBA
In this preview of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, see a sampling of artifacts that demonstrate the richness and diversity of the African American...
2015_DC_SIAH_Toys18DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Toys and Childhood
Toys and Childhood
November 20, 2015 – Ongoing
In time for the winter holidays, this showcase presents a selection of cast-iron and tinplate toys from the museum’s collection dating from the 1870s to the 1950s, illustrating the ever-evolving nature of American childhood and home life and bringing to...
2010_DC_SIAH_Attic5DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Toys from the Attic
Toys from the Attic
June 1, 2010 – January 31, 2012
Toys reflect changes in both technology and society. This case examines toys produced in 19th-century America, when childhood began to be seen as a distinct stage of life with its own unique needs. Featured are dolls, kitchen and housewares, hand...
2016_DC_SIAH_Tucker19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Tucker automobile #39, 1948
Tucker automobile #39, 1948
Ongoing
Preston Tucker (1903-1956), an automotive engineer who helped design Miller racing cars before World War II, almost realized his ambition of producing a "completely new" passenger automobile after the war. He and his business associates leased a former Dodge...
2015_DC_SIAM_12Years194DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975
December 14, 2015 – October 23, 2016
During this period, Washingtonians experienced their first meaningful presidential vote, elected a city council and mayor for the first time in a century, and became the largest majority African American city...
2017_DC_SIAH_Uniformed19DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Uniformed Women and the Great War
Uniformed Women and the Great War
April 6, 2017 – Indefinitely
Of the many ways World War I divided the past from the future, none was more significant than the reordered place of women in society. Tens of thousands of middle- and upper-class women donned military-style uniforms to serve at home and...
2021_08_29E2_SIAH_Upending40DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin?
Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin?
August 2, 2021 – TBA
Upending 1620: Where Do We Begin? is a display that examines the early encounters between Wampanoag peoples and English colonists, and the important legacies of those encounters over the next 400 years. Those initial meetings became the subject of...
2018_DC_SIAH_Waterloo_Boy13DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Waterloo Boy
Waterloo Boy
Ongoing
In the early 1900s farmers switched from horses to tractors. While much of the world continued to rely on human brawn or draft animals, Americans adopted the new technology of gasoline-powered tractors.
The development and use of gasoline-powered tractors in the early 1900s...
2003_DC_SIAH_West_Point6DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918
October 19, 2002 – January 11, 2004
Marking the bicentennial of West Point, this exhibition tells the story of this renowned military academy in New York from its founding through World War I and highlights the achievements of graduates in both the U.S....
2005_DC_SIAH_Polio1DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Whatever Happened to Polio?
Whatever Happened to Polio?
April 12, 2005 – September 4, 2006
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the polio vaccine, this multimedia exhibition tells the story of polio from the perspective of the patient, traces the development of the vaccine that ended polio in the U.S., and...
2021_DC_SIAH_Pleibol160DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues: En los barrios y las grandes ligas
July 2, 2021 – TBA
For nearly a century, baseball has been a crucial social and cultural force in Latino communities across the United States. And, for just as long, Latino/a players have had a huge impact on the game....
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