About the Museum

National Museum of American History

Message from the Director  

John Gray at Julia Child's birthday celebrationJohn Gray, Director of the National Museum of American History, shares his thoughts about leading the nation's largest institution devoted to American history.

Mission & History

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, we explore the infinite richness and complexity of American history. We help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.

Strategic Plan cover page
Our 2013-2018 Strategic Plan outlines the Museum's vision for the next five years, and describes how we will use our unparalleled collections to tell an inclusive, respectful, and compassionate story about America and all its people.

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Make a gift, and make history. When you donate to the National Museum of American History, you help us to preserve, protect, and display America’s historic treasures. Every gift is tax-deducible, with an impact that reaches more than four million Museum visitors each year and millions more who access the Museum online.

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