Events & Programs

  • Jammin' at the Flag

    To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, join Smithsonian jazz players in the Museum's Flag Hall. Fridays in April, 3 p.m.
  • Hands-on carts

    Get your hands on history at one of our interactive carts. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Daily at the Museum.

  • Seminar: Haydn Keyboard Music

    Smithsonian chamber players present an all-day seminar on Haydn sonatas and trios and the instruments for which they were written. April 26, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets required.

This Day In History

April 17, 1790
Today in 1790: Founding father, inventor, and scientist Benjamin Franklin dies. He bequeathed this "liberty cap" cane, acquired in France, to George Washington.

Preparing for the Oath

New citizens

Could you correctly answer the 100 questions about United States history and civics on the naturalization test? Test your knowledge or study for the test on our website, Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship.

From our Blog

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