Treasures of American History: Introduction

Treasures of American History

Treasures of American History: Introduction

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History preserves icons of the American past. From politics to popular culture, innovations to everyday life, the Museum’s collections reflect the diverse experiences and beliefs that have shaped the nation.  Selected from more than three million in the Museum’s collections, the objects in this online exhibition include a mix of the famous and the familiar, the unexpected and the extraordinary. All are treasures of American history.

From left to right: Abraham Lincoln's Hat; Kermit the Frog; Edison Lightbulb; Jacqueline Kennedy's Inaugural Gown

Frequently Asked Questions
How big are Dorothy's shoes in "The Wizard of Oz"?
See answers to this and other questions about the objects in this exhibition. 

Spanish Version of Exhibition
Tesoros de la Historia Americana (.pdf)