Food & Shops
Did you know? All income from sales supports the educational activities of the Smithsonian Institution.
Eat at America’s Table Cafe — 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The main eatery for the National Museum of American History is Eat at America’s Table. This newly renovated café serves a changing menu of American regional cuisine. Cash and credit cards accepted. Different stations include:
- American Table - The American Table will highlight the rich culinary traditions from our nation’s kitchens. Each menu change we will feature the cooking of individual states, geographic regions, the season, and historic menus of celebration. This station offers the best representation of American culinary traditions.
- Artisan Market - The efforts of culinary artisans across America will be featured along with craft made specialties of our kitchen. Artisan cheeses, meats, and regional condiments will offer a small plate dining experience. Classic American sandwiches, and the story behind them, are also featured here.
- BBQ - The tradition of outdoor cooking and festive celebration across America has been part of our national culture since colonial times. From 19th century shad planking to political barbeques to weekend tailgates, Americans have enjoyed their food outside. This station features burgers, BBQ, brats and more.
- Southwest Kitchen - The southwestern region of the U.S. has a wonderful blend of interesting flavors and cultures. Centuries of Native American and Mexican culinary traditions will inspire the foods cooked in and served from our hearth oven.
- Harvest Basket - Our salad bar features a selection of seasonally inspired and classic composed salads that are all thoughtfully created.
- Desserts - A wide variety of house-baked cakes, cookies, and treats.
LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe — 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Jazz Cafe is always open for a meal or a snack. Our ""Taste of The Big Easy"" menu is inspired by the food of New Orleans. You’ll find specialties such as gumbo, muffuletta, and po-boy sandwiches, and a delicious assortment of pastries, snacks, and specialty coffees.
Visiting with a group?
We offer three discounted meal options in our main cafe for groups of ten or more. Visit our group sales page for more information. Please note that group lunches must be paid in advance of the visit, and if you pick up vouchers at the Smithsonian, you will have to do so at the IMAX box office at the National Museum of Natural History.
Main Museum Store
This vast 6,000-square-foot store is centrally located on the first floor. Visitors may browse through merchandise inspired by the museum’s collection, apparel, home accessories, ornaments, personalized leather bracelets, jewelry, books and the most incredible selection of socks!
Mall Museum Store
Located at the Mall entrance to the Museum, the Mall Store is the best place for museum souvenirs, a trendy accessory, fun jewelry and a snack to keep you fueled for your next museum visit. Be there or be square.
The Price of Freedom Store
The third floor store is adjacent to the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War. It carries a large selection of military-themed merchandise, including personalized dog tags that are made on the spot. There is also a large selection of products related to the exhibition The American Presidency, also located on the third floor. Gifts, informative books and maps, White House souvenirs, and military-style clothing are featured here.
Shop online at SmithsonianStore.com.
Wireless internet access is free and open to the public in the Stars and Stripes Cafe (lower level), Welcome Center (second floor), and in selected exhibition halls throughout the building.
Climb aboard an interactive "time-traveling" simulator and accomplish various mission objectives in historic aircraft. Choose from a selection of fighter planes or popular racing planes from aviation’s golden age. Take to the skies as you climb, dive, and roll 360-degrees!
Create a terrific personalized souvenir of your visit to the Smithsonian. Collect all 8 pennies in our new penny album. Machines are located in the main store.
Digital Audio Tours
First and Second Floors
Put on a head set and immerse yourself into the highlights of the museum’s exhibits. We worked with our curators and other experts to create a tour for everyone in your family, from the youngest preschooler to your tween and all adults. The adult tour is available in Mandarin and Spanish. There is also a tour that focuses on our Democracy, A Great Leap of Faith and Many Voices, One Nation exhibits. The tours make it easy to navigate the museum and assure that you’ll see the best of what we have to offer. The interactive activities, videos and extra information make them fun, too.
Smithsonian National Mall Tours
Experience a fun and unique way to learn about the Smithsonian, the National Mall, and the rich history of Washington, D.C. Three-hour Segway tours depart from the Museum's Mall entrance daily. Call 202-384-8516 for reservations and information.