"Regions Reimagined," the theme for this year's Smithsonian Food History Weekend, will explore the power of place and the...
Dawn Wallace and Richard Barden stood in the museum's objects conservation lab over two shoes. Red. Sequin-covered. Small heels. Petite in...
In my first week as a curator at the National Museum of American History, I made a list of women I wished were present in the museum's...

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A national museum opens to great fanfare after being closed for 2 years. People clamor to get in, to see the Star-Spangled Banner...
It is such a joy to come to work in a living, breathing museum again. The building is buzzing with life—from young children helping a...
I am a new employee at the National Museum of American History. In fact, at the time of this writing, I have been working here for 9 weeks...
I used my staff pass to line jump the queue for the Star-Spangled Banner gallery, expecting to grab a quick look and duck out so I could...
If you haven’t heard the news yet—the doors to the National Museum of American History are open once again! Not only are we thrilled to be...
I’ve been working on a project for the museum’s reopening that is so big and so unprecedented that it defies written description. In the...
This morning’s ribbon-cutting was loads of fun. Despite the cold weather, there was a large crowd gathered and everyone seemed to be...
Yesterday, we took you behind the scenes as curators worked to install the museum’s new entertainment, sports, and music exhibition. At the...
Yesterday’s ceremony to dedicate the new Star-Spangled Banner gallery and celebrate the reopening of the museum was, in many ways, a paean...
What do Grandmaster Flash, Phyllis Diller, and Oscar the Grouch have in common? Their pop culture legacies are all featured in the museum's...
The museum is buzzing with anticipation for our reopening on November 21, and here in the new media office we’re getting ready to cover all...
You know that moment when an idea suddenly strikes and—BOOM—there’s a new invention ready to change the world? No? Well, the museum’s...
When the museum reopens on November 21, we will debut new theater programs designed to engage our visitors, bring history to life, and...
As you can see from our stream of blog posts, the museum has been an unbelievable beehive of activity during the past few weeks as...
Our director, Dr. Brent D. Glass, went on air yesterday to talk with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris of “Daily Debrief” about what we’ve been...
OK, not the part where I drive my car and ride the Metro. It’s my walk through the halls and galleries of the museum that I love. Since we...
Sometimes, you’re just in the right place at the right time. I got up from my desk this morning to go see the progress in the renovation of...
I recently had the opportunity to head over to the Lincoln Memorial to take some photographs for the interactive that will be featured in...
A little over a month ago we shared video of the Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired the national anthem—moving from the...
While many were planning their Halloween costumes, parties, and trick or treat routes, a few of us at the National Museum of American...
Many of today’s newspaper headlines describe the victory of presidential candidate Barack Obama as “historic.” The election might qualify...
Last week I got a peek at the future—the future of inaugural souvenirs, at least. A full week before the election and months before our...
Political history curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird have been traveling to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions since...
Pixelization is not usually a desired effect, but it is a much-anticipated event this week at the National Museum of American History. A...
Is your car, truck, or carriage sweet enough that we’d want it for the collections at the National Museum of American History? We’ve shown...
With that now-iconic phrase President Lincoln began his Gettysburg Address—a dedication of the cemetery in Pennsylvania and a statement...
If you have been following the renovation at the National Museum of American History, you know that one of the visual centerpieces of our...
When the museum’s Archives Center was relocated to the first floor in 2003 to make room for the Price of Freedom exhibition, staff members...
Editor's Note: The portrait of Stephen Colbert returned to view at the National Museum of American History on December 16, 2010. Last...
I’m a bona fide gadget geek, but when it comes to exhibitions, I’m a little more of a skeptic. Though I’ve seen some masterful uses of...
With so many important issues facing the nation—an economy in trouble, a presidential election, wars overseas—you have probably turned to a...
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Viewing this slideshow of photographs from around the building, therefore, will spare...
In our last post, we chronicled this week’s move of the Star-Spangled Banner into its new state-of-the-art exhibition gallery. While this...
I would normally be a bit grumpy about waking up at 5:00 am for work—but not today. This morning—at “dawn’s early light,” you might say—I...
In the midst of all the election and economy news you might have missed illusionist David Blaine’s newest trick. The 35-year-old world...
In my time here at the museum, I've collected lots of things. Most have been relatively small—like watches—or even smaller—like parts...
Check out this photo of the frame for the bench that will be part of the new Star-Spangled Banner viewing gallery. The artist’s rendering...
I recently got back from a family vacation to Virginia’s “Historic Triangle,” where we visited Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown...
Everyone who visits the Smithsonian Institution appreciates the fact that there is no charge for admission to any of our fantastic museums...
Today is the anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” In light of this important occasion, I’m going to...
If you’re in the Baltimore area this weekend, head to Fort McHenry to check out their amazing Defender’s Day celebration. It’s a...
When I started my new job at the museum in the spring of 2007, we had just received a grant from the Verizon Foundation and had joined...
The Archives Center supports the mission of the National Museum of American History by preserving and providing access to documentary...
We talk a lot about the structural improvements to the museum, and we’ve mentioned a bit of how operations will be improved, but everyone...
When the museum reopens, one of the more notable visitor amenities will be the renovated Stars & Stripes Cafe. Every aspect of the cafe...
The new chamber that we’re building to display the Star-Spangled Banner is intended to be a permanent home for the fragile flag. So we’ve...
When I try to build things, it usually involves a lot of trial and error. If you are a fellow amateur do-it-yourselfer, you probably know...
I saw that slogan on a bumper sticker this morning on my way to work and I thought it was a pretty great description of the changes we’re...

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