and Inspiring

the Next

90 Million 
Museum visitors will
have the opportunity to
experience American
Democracy over
its lifetime.
At the National Museum of American History, education is at the forefront of everything we do. Our exhibitions and programs engage the mind and motivate visitors to learn more about American history and its relevance to their lives and to society.
Education and Public Programming 
The Museum’s educational programs extend the reach of our exhibitions and help visitors engage with the past through touchable objects that make history tangible, people-centered stories that make it personal, and discussion about the impact of past events that make it relevant. Visitors have the opportunity to develop and hone 21st-century skills like critical thinking and problem solving through collaborative programs designed to spark a lifelong interest in history. 
The wide variety of topics and themes covered in American Democracy provide rich possibilities for interactive activities within the exhibition as well as educational programs throughout the Museum and online. We will also utilize the vast expertise of our teacher community to create and share free, standards-based K-12 curriculum materials that highlight the themes and objects of American Democracy. 
Online Learning 
Just as social media and the Internet play a critical role in modern democracy, they also will help shape the exhibition. The Museum plans to engage online audiences in a conversation about democracy. As the project develops into a major attraction in the building, the website will evolve into a virtual version of the exhibition, and a resource center for students and scholars from around the world. 
What it Means to be an American Series 
In this three-year project, beginning in 2014, the Museum will bring together leading political thinkers, public figures, and Americans from all walks of life to explore big questions about how America’s history of migration and democratic traditions made us the nation we are today. 
Topics for the series will be drawn directly from American Democracy and will investigate the historical context of modern concerns. The series will begin in Los Angeles, travel to eight cities across the country, and culminate in Washington, D.C. at the end of 2016. Programs will be free, open to all, and participatory.