Plan Your Visit
Special notice: The ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz will be off display temporarily on a routine visit to the conservation lab. For a few weeks only, the Scarecrow costume worn by actor Ray Bolger will be shown in their place in our American Stories exhibition. Sunday, Feb. 7 will be the last day to see the ruby slippers before they go off view.
Welcome to your National Museum of American History! The Museum is open every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free.
Some areas of the Museum are closed due to the upcoming renovation of our west exhibition wing, and some popular objets may be off display. Use the links below to check on the latest information.
Visit the Welcome Center
Start your visit at the Nina and Ivan Selin Welcome Center for information to help you plan your day at the Museum. Here you can find out what programs are happening that day or pick up a map. If you have a specific question or need assistance, ask one of our friendly visitor services staff.
Lead your own tour through the highlights of the Museum! Guides are available below in .pdf format. Selected guides are also available for pickup at the information desks. PLEASE NOTE: Items may have been moved or taken off display. Please ask at the information desk if you need assistance.
- Highlights (all ages) - Short on time? Want to see our most iconic objects? This guide will take you to a few of our most popular objects.
- Find Yourself in American History! (ages 12-18)
Help students find their American history personality with a quiz then find objects selected especially for them with this new set of guides: The Activist, The Ambassador, The Discoverer, The Innovator, The Local, The Naturalist, The Storyteller.
From interactive carts to spotlight tours, there are experiences for you to encounter every day.
Visit the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem. Other exciting displays feature diverse topics from technology to politics to popular culture.
School Group Field Trips
We offer an exciting array of programs and materials.