Today we're reflecting on the life of singer, songwriter, diva, civil rights activist, and cultural icon Aretha Franklin. Over 100 of...
"I walked away with an attitude that, if our country is screwed up, don't give up. Unscrew it, but don't give up."   ...
On the 105th anniversary of Julia Child's birth (August 15, 1912), the museum's food history team is thinking anew about Julia's life and...

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It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the...
Last week we finally answered everyone’s most burning question: When will the museum reopen? November 21! At a much anticipated press...
When the museum reopens, visitors will clamor to see the Star-Spangled Banner (the flag that inspired the national anthem), they’ll admire...
Within hours of the museum announcing our grand reopening date of November 21, the staff got this email message: “This is your chance to be...
Welcome to the National Museum of American History’s new blog!  As the director of the museum’s New Media Program, and “editor-in-...
Museums change lives. When I was ten, my parents brought me to the Smithsonian for the first time.  They were children and...

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