Welcome to the Archives Center
The Archives Center supports the mission of the National Museum of American History by collecting, preserving, and providing access to archival documents that complement the museum's exhibition, research, and collecting programs. The Archives Center holds more than 1,300 collections documenting the history of technology, invention and innovation, business and consumer culture, American music, and popular culture as well as many other topics.
Big Changes Coming to the Archives Center
In February the Archives Center will begin moving back to its permanent location on the first floor, west wing of the National Museum of American History. Our operations and schedules will be in transition while we relocate our offices, reading rooms, and collections.
THE ARCHIVES CENTER WILL BE CLOSED
March 2 - March 15
Reference services will resume March 16 in the Archives Center Reading Room on the first floor, west wing of the National Museum of American History. Following the move the Reading Room will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The Archives Center is closed on Fridays and Federal Holidays.
We will post updates as we prepare for and undertake the move. Please check this page often for news and information.