Plan Your Visit

Flag-folding at the National Museum of American History

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.

Museum Renovation

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.

Girl Scouts Discover! Guides: visit five Smithsonian museums to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting.

Daily Programs

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.