When the Virginia all-state student orchestra launched into the first thrilling notes of John Williams's Star Wars ...
Please note that the droids you are looking for are not currently on display at the museum as of December 2016. Since its debut in...

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Color photograph of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, taken from ground level with a perspective looking up. Light and puffy clouds streak across the sky. Green foliage in foreground.
Our next door neighbor, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opens on September 24, 2016, and our whole staff is...
Display in which figures hold up contemporary campaign signs for presidential candidates while standing among historic objects related to voting, such as 1940s voting booths
As I walk into the museum each morning, I notice which figures in our Hooray for Politics display are holding their signs for presidential...
Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of weekly blog posts exploring the 10th anniversary of September 11. Learn about the...
It is good to be back at the National Museum of American History after a ten-day visit to Shanghai, China. The main reason for my trip was...
Is American history dead? Are we on a slippery slope of national amnesia? If you look at data from a recent Marist Poll, you might answer...
Editor’s note: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the student sit-ins at the Greensboro, N.C. lunch counter. To commemorate this event...
As soon as more than sixty Iraqi public officials sat down in our auditorium, I knew I was facing a tough audience. These men and one woman...
During the memorial service for Senator Edward Kennedy last month, several speakers mentioned his love of American history and his son, Ted...
There are many heroes in the highly entertaining box-office hit, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. First we have Larry...
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...
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...
If you have been following the renovation at the National Museum of American History, you know that one of the visual centerpieces of our...
Museums change lives. When I was ten, my parents brought me to the Smithsonian for the first time.  They were children and...