2 West Grand Opening

June 28, 2017
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Experience the grand opening of “The Nation We Build Together” with special free activities all day. See our calendar for more information or RSVP on Facebook.


Schedule of activities

The U.S. Marine Corps Jazz Trio
10-10:45 a.m.
Flag Hall, 2 Center

Catch a free performance of ragtime and early New Orleans-style jazz performed by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band.


2 West Opening Ceremony
11-11:30 a.m.
Flag Hall, 2 Center

Grab a free Statue of Liberty foam crown and join us for the official opening ceremony of our newly renovated wing on the second floor featuring remarks by Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton and National Museum of American History Director John Gray. To end the ceremony, we will hold a ribbon cutting and officially open the new 2 West to the public!


American Experiments
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Unity Square, 2 West

Take part in activities that inspire active engagement in American civic life.


Smithsonian Gardens tour of Common Ground: Our American Garden
11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Outside terrace, 2 West

Join one of Smithsonian Gardens' horticulturists for a 20 minute walk and talk to explore plants in the new Common Ground: Our American Garden at the National Museum of American History.


Community of Gardens story sharing with Smithsonian Gardens
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Outside terrace, 2 West

Community of Gardens, a digital archive hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in partnership with our Archives of American Gardens and created by YOU. By contributing images, videos, and stories, your participation will help others to better understand the meaning and value of gardens to American life – today and in the future. Come share your stories of gardens and the gardeners who make them grow!


Los Texmaniacs
12–12:45 p.m.
Flag Hall, 2 Center

Enjoy a free performance by the contemporary conjunto band, Los Texmaniacs, founded by Max Baca in 1997. The band’s music incorporates elements form genres such as rock and jazz, while still honoring the roots of conjunto Tejano (a style of Mexican American music that was born in Texas in the late 19th century and popularized by artists such as Selena, Jennifer Peña, Ramón Ayala, and others). Current members of the band include Max Baca on bajo sexton, Josh Baca on accordion, Noel Hernandez on electric bass, and Lorenzo Martinez on drums.


Blues duo Rick Franklin and Jay Summerour
1-1:45 p.m.
Flag Hall, 2 Center

Catch a free blues performance by guitarist and vocalist Rick Franklin and harmonica player Jay Summerour. Originally from Alexandria, Va., Rick’s style of blues is known as the “Piedmont” style identified with legendary players such as Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, and William Moore.


2 West exhibition book signings
1-3 p.m.
2 West

An opportunity to have exhibition companion books signed by museum curators. Books include American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith; Many Voices, One Nation; and Objects of Devotion.


From Our Blog

A statue or object resembling the statue of Liberty. The robe and crown are a mint green color and The statue holds an apple up. There are more in a container she holds at her side. She has dark hair and olive brown skin.
A lobby with glass cases of objects and a stairway. The ceiling is a lurid red. In the center is a lego statue resembling the statue of liberty, resting on a large rectangular display with short glass walls surrounding it that have signage on it.
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