American Stories

This website is based on an exhibition that opened at the National Museum of American History in April 2012. Objects pictured here may differ from those currently on view at the museum.

Objects and stories both reinforce and challenge our understanding of American history and help define our personal and cultural identities. Join us on a journey through time to discover what we can learn through artifacts. This exhibition is organized by chronological eras and shaped, in part, by our collections. We will showcase new acquisitions in the gallery as the Museum continues to collect objects that tell the stories of all Americans.


The Museum gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our American Stories sponsors:

Lead Corporate Sponsor
Kate Spade New York

Lead Individual Donor
Kenneth E. Behring

Peter and Rhondda Grant
History Channel
Larry and Shelly Brown
The Smithsonian Women’s Committee