For several decades after the Revolution, Paul Revere was as famous for his church bells as for his midnight ride. His role as a horse-...
On June 17, 1885, a French ship, the Isère, arrived in New York Harbor laden with very special cargo—more than 200 crates filled with...
As the museum's social media manager, I get to see many snapshots our visitors share on social media while they're here. Frequently...

Blog Posts in "Construction"

One of the cola cans discovered in the museum's walls Museum people have a hard time throwing things away—our offices are proof of...
On December 3, the museum announced the temporary closing of Bon Appetit! Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian. The last day to see...
Have you ever wondered why the exterior of the National Museum of American History looks the way it does? Architectural sketch of the...
The Smithsonian hired architects Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) to create a plan which would meet our needs. Since the Mall is such a sensitive...
Pixelization is not usually a desired effect, but it is a much-anticipated event this week at the National Museum of American History. A...
If you have been following the renovation at the National Museum of American History, you know that one of the visual centerpieces of our...
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...
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...
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...
The "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing?  A new death-defying roller coaster?  Frame being prepared by the...
A few days ago the museum took another step toward our reopening by installing the giant prong that will hold up the abstract flag....
It has certainly been exciting around the Museum lately.  As a member of the External Affairs team, I often provide tours of the...