Plan Your Visit

Flag-folding at the National Museum of American History

Welcome to the National Museum of American History! The Museum is open every day except Dec. 25. Admission is free.

Temporary Closings and Other Notices

Information posted here is subject to change. Please check back for the latest status.

  • The last day to see Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz before they are removed for conservation work is Sunday, April 23, 2017. They will be off display for a significant period of time so that they can be studied, stabilized, and preserved to prevent future deterioration. While the Ruby Slippers are gone, visitors to our American Stories exhibition will be able to see the famous hat and whip belonging to Indiana Jones, played by actor Harrison Ford.
  • Due to building construction, a section of America on the Move, including the 1401 steam locomotive, the 1903 Winton touring car, and the 1939 Plymouth coupe will be off view from approximately February 1May 1.

Security and Entrance Procedures

All visitors should be prepared for a security check upon entrance to the Museum. Please note there may be a line to enter the building on busy days. To learn more and see a list of prohibited items and other Museum policies, follow the link below.

Museum Renovation

Some areas of the Museum are closed due to the ongoing renovation of our west exhibition wing, and some popular objects 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.

Daily Programs

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.

Learning Spaces

Draper Spark!Lab and Wegmans Wonderplace are great spaces for young learners. Note that these spaces are open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and closed on Tuesdays. 

School Group Field Trips

We offer an exciting array of programs and materials.