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 1.8 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.

Please note: This website accompanied the Treasures of American History exhibition, which was on view at the National Air & Space Museum from November 2006 through April 2008, while the National Museum of American History was closed for renovations.

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

Treaures Q&A

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

Download a Spanish guide, Tesoros de la Historia Americana (.pdf)