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 3, 1783
Today in 1783: The Paris Peace Treaty formally ends the U.S. War for Independence. These candlesticks were used at the signing, attended by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay.

Video: 1965 Mustang

What word would you use to describe a vintage Mustang? How about "awesome"? In our newest Founding Fragments episode, host Tory Altman talks with associate curator of road transportation Roger B. White about the combination of looks, affordability, and driving experience that made the original pony car an icon.

From our Blog

On the 150th anniversary of the fall of the city of Atlanta to the Union Army's Division of the Mississippi during the Civil War, we...
This September, we join Smithsonian Gardens in hosting our annual FOOD in the Garden series. We'll explore four maritime regions...
Fifty years after Freedom Summer, when students risked their lives to advance the cause of civil rights, intern Sydney Johnson explores...

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