Plan Your Visit
Welcome to your National Museum of American History! The Museum is open every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free.
Watch a video about the iconic artifacts, stimulating exhibitions, engaging programs, and other amenities you will encounter on a visit to the Museum.
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.
- 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
- The 39 Clues (ages 7-11) - Test your clue-hunting skills like Amy and Dan Cahill. Also, don’t miss The 39 Clues online field trip: Decoding History
- Women's History Month (ages 12-18) - Take a tour through history and learn how American women have stood up, spoken out, and come together to change the country. (high-res version, 3M)
- American Girls (ages 8-13) - Explore the worlds of these American Girls by finding objects and photos of their eras throughout the Museum.
- Addy Walker, an American Girl (ages 8-13) - Step into the world of a young African American girl during the Civil War.
Girl Scouts Discover! Guides: visit five Smithsonian museums to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.
From live musical and theatrical performances to interactive carts and 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.