Artists have long been major players in American philanthropy. If that surprises you to learn, you might be further surprised to learn that...
A bucket from the Ice Bucket Challenge. A collection box from the 19th century. A toolbelt from a volunteer...
I don't like to dodge questions, but that's what I did when someone asked me which object is my favorite in the museum's new exhibition on...

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2009 is upon us. The last year has seen major changes. For us here at the museum, being open again is certainly among the largest! As a...
As a program producer and member of the department that manages visitor services, I’m making my list for inauguration weekend: Cell phone....
While the museum isn’t expecting all of the projected millions of inaugural attendees to visit us, we are expecting enormous crowds. As a...
Wearing my red director’s badge, I have plunged back into the throngs of visitors in the first month since we reopened to gauge how they...
¿Habla Español? You can now get information in Spanish about the Museum—what to see, how to get here, and what to do! In an effort to reach...
It was in the year 1882 when Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, developed the idea for electric Christmas tree lights. Now, the...
I’m a sucker for year-end wrap-ups. Sometimes roundup lists serve as shortcuts, helping us plan for the year ahead. For example, I’ll...
Last Friday we were thrilled to open our new exhibition First Ladies at the Smithsonian. The exhibition tells the history of the First...
I’m lucky enough to have an office near a car from Disneyland’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride on display and I often hear the...
Winter can be a dreary time of year in Washington. The city’s trees have shed their orange, gold, and red autumn leaves and the arrival of...
I tend to work later in the day than many of my museum colleagues and while the building was under construction that was quite a drag...
In the few weeks since the museum reopened to the public, I’ve noticed quite a few visitors congregating around one particular piece of...
When friends ask you to view their vacation photos, does it elicit a grin or a groan? Well, we’ve really been enjoying the terrific photos...
At one of the museum’s reopening events, I perused the new Star-Spangled Banner Gallery for the first time. I was especially...
Editor's Note: The portrait of Stephen Colbert returned to view at the National Museum of American History on December 16, 2010. The...
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...

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