Archives Center

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

After two years in temporary locations the Archives Center will be moving back to our permanent facility! During this transition our opening days, hours, and locations will be in flux. These changes will occur on the following dates:

December 15, 2014

Reference services will begin in our regular reading room in the west wing of the National Museum of American History.

December 15, 2014  through January 9, 2015

The NMAH reading room will be open Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 to 3:30. The off-site reading room will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 3:15.

It will remain necessary for researchers to be escorted to our NMAH reading room because the west wing will still be under renovation and closed to visitors. We will post a detailed description of how to access the Archives Center by November 15, 2014.

January 12, 2015 through January 23, 2015

The Archives Center will be CLOSED while we move our collections from off-site back to the National Museum of American History.

It is critical that you contact us at least two weeks before you would like to visit to ensure proper scheduling of appointments.

Please check this site often! We will be updating information as necessary during the period of relocation.