Events & Programs

  • Star-Spangled American Music Series

    Enjoy free performances by a variety of top musical ensembles. Thursdays through September 11.
  • Food in the Garden

    Reserve tickets now for our program series beginning September 4. Themed around four maritime regions related to the War of 1812, the evening events will feature food, drinks, and conversation in a relaxed garden atmosphere.
  • Hands-on carts

    Get your hands on history at one of our interactive carts. Activities include operating a cotton gin, peeking through a stereoscope, experiencing what it felt like to wear a corset, using a press to print a card, and copying a letter the way Jefferson did. Daily at the Museum.

This Day In History

September 17, 1862
Today in 1862: The Battle of Antietam - the bloodiest day in American history - is fought. General George McClellan wore this coat during the conflict.

Video: TR's Vole Specimens

Long before he was U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt was a naturalist. In our newest Founding Fragments episode, host Tory Altman talks with Darrin Lunde of the National Museum of Natural History's Division of Mammals about one particular vole that is viewed by historians and scientists in two very different ways.

From our Blog

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