Megan Smith

Interpretive Specialist


As an interpretive specialist at the National Museum of American History, Megan Smith works to bring American history alive for audiences of all ages through exhibitions and programs. Megan is currently working on the transformation of NMAH’s west wing, as interpretive planner on the American Democracy and Our American Journey exhibitions and Project Director for a dynamic new public space called Liberty Square. Megan is leading creative development for a new Early Learning Gallery, and leading a new national digital and programming effort: What It Means to Be American. Since joining the museum in 2001, Megan has helped develop some of the Museum’s flagship exhibitions, including The Star-Spangled Banner, First Ladies at the Smithsonian, and the Albert Small Documents Gallery. She is the co-founder of the National Youth Summit, and has run major public festivals, spearheaded family audience development, and contributed deeply to the Museum’s social media strategy. 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.

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

Research Specialties: 
  • Public Art
  • Public History
  • Visitor Experience
  • Material Culture
  • Early Learning
  • Leadership