Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Senior Creative Developer

M.A. American Studies, George Washington University (2004)
B.A. Fine Arts/Art History, Amherst College (1997)

Megan Smith specializes in connecting visitors to history through exhibits, programs, and digital products. Megan has developed some of the most innovative spaces in the museum, including Unity Square and Wegmans Wonderplace, the first preschool exhibition on the National Mall. Megan is the project director for What It Means to Be American, a national multi-platform conversation about American history and identity, and the cofounder of the National Youth Summit. Since joining the museum in 2001, Megan has helped develop many of the Museum’s flagship exhibitions, including American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, Many Voices, One NationThe Star-Spangled Banner, First Ladies at the Smithsonian, and the Albert Small Documents Gallery. She is a 2011 Graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s Museum Leaders: The Next Generation Program, and was selected to join the first cohort of the Smithsonian's Emerging Leaders Development Program in 2014. 

Research Specialties: 
  • Museum Exhibitions
  • Design Thinking
  • Evaluation and Audiences
  • Public Art
  • Public History
  • Visitor Experience
  • Material Culture
  • Early Learning
  • Leadership