In the United States, the influence of religion has extended far beyond home and houses of worship to virtually every facet of American life, from commerce to defense, politics to media, and education to entertainment. The Religion in America initiative explores the nation’s unique religious development and myriad traditions as integral components of our shared history. 

Through thoughtful exhibitions and active programming, including music, theater, and scholarly symposia, we examine the complex interaction of diversity, devotion, and doubt that has marked American attitudes toward religion from colonial times to the present.

To learn more, explore our collections, programs, and research below, and be sure to visit the Museum in Summer 2017 for the opening of our Religion in Early America exhibition.


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A picture of a large bell on wooden supports. There is a metal wheel next to it on its large frame
Detail of image: Black and white snapshot. A woman sits in a chair, her legs crossed and her hands on knee. She smiles, eyes closed and mouth open to show her teeth. She wears a smart suit with white collar. The man balances on one of the arms of the chair, gesturing toward her, also with a smile. He wears a suit and black/white shoes.
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